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Monterey Bay Sights

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • 1700 Elkhorn Rd. Map It
  • Watsonville
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 05/04/2014

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The reserve's 1,400 acres of tidal flats and salt marshes form a complex environment that supports some 300 species of birds. A walk along the meandering waterways and wetlands can reveal hawks, white-tailed kites, owls, herons, and egrets. Also living or visiting here are sea otters, sharks, rays, and many other animals. On weekends, guided walks from the visitor center to the heron rookery begin at 10 and 1.

Sight Information


1700 Elkhorn Rd., Watsonville, California, 95076, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $4 day use fee
  • Wed.–Sun. 9–5

Updated 05/04/2014


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