Elkhorn Slough is a relatively undisturbed coastal wetland. It winds 7 miles into the interior and includes 2,500 acres of marsh and tidal flats. The centerpiece of the area, the National Estuarine Research Reserve, is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Specialty birds: Resident—White-tailed Kite, Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Plover, Tricolored Blackbird. Summer—Brown Pelican, Cinnamon Teal, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Eurasian Wigeon; Long-billed Curlew; Thayer’s and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Say’s Phoebe. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
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