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Field Updates March 2018: Eelgrass Transplanting and Sediment Sampling

No, that’s not a grass skirt. That is 25 eelgrass rhizomes tied onto rebar, ready to be planted.

Fulfilling our mission to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary for people and animals requires a lot of hard work in the field. At the Estuary Program, that often means spending time doing research and monitoring work out on the water. Read on to see the progress that our staff and volunteers have made in our eelgrass work during March of 2018.  Eelgrass In the last few months, you might have seen our staff and volunteers in waders at Coleman Beach or trudging through the mud in the back bay during the last few months. They have been busy …

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Finding A New Perspective: Morro Bay Estuary Poetry Contest 2018

This is the first picture the Morro Bay Cam captured.

  You’ve likely stood near Coleman beach and watched the waves roll in through the mouth of Morro Bay’s harbor, or visited Sweet Springs and looked out over the back bay to see the mud flats at low tide. But, have you ever stood perfectly still—as still as a great egret stalking its prey or a live oak on the edge the boardwalk at the Elfin Forest—to watch the tide roll all the way in and all the way out? It’s a phenomenon that happens twice each day along Morro Bay’s shores, but we don’t have time to observe it …

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Film Tells the Story of Morro Bay

  You know that feeling when you hear a story that is too good to keep to yourself? Local creators Simo Nylander and Tom Wilmer had that feeling while working on our Bay Story video and podcast series a couple of years ago. The Bay Story video above shares the story of Kaila Dettman and Terry Hooker, who lived on a boat in the Morro Bay estuary for a time.    Simo is a local cinematographer who has worked on a variety of films, including the acclaimed documentary Bōtso. Tom is an on-air and digital media producer who hosts the …

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Morro Bay Sea Otter | Morro Bay National Estuary Program

A mother sea otter and her pup float on Morro Bay above a seagrass bed.

  Looking for Morro Bay Otters? If you’ve walked the Embarcadero and stopped by the South T-pier recently, you may have noticed a lot of otters in the water. In a recent interview with KSBY, Mike Harris, Senior Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said that prior to 2010 there were typically fewer than 10 sea otters in Morro Bay. In May of last year, a record 36 adults and 9 pups were counted. (Fun fact: a group of sea otters in the water is called a raft.) KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara …

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Celebrating Estuaries, Otters, and the California Coast

September is full of special days for people who love the coast: National Estuaries Week This weeklong celebration of all the places where fresh water meets the salty sea is close to our hearts. It starts on International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, and ends on National Public Lands Day on September 24. It’s a great time to get out and experience your local bay and do something to help it thrive. Sea Otter Awareness Week Though our weeks are always filled with sea otters in Morro Bay, Sea Otter Awareness Week begins September 18. It’s a time to focus …

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