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A full stream runs after the October 2021s storm.

Field Updates October 2021: First Rain, Groundwater Recharge, and Runoff

Eelgrass wrack

Updates from the Field, September 2021: Eelgrass wrack

A discriminating eye can identify photos of sea otters that feature natural, undisturbed behaviors. Photo credit Gena Bentall Taken from shore, from 60 meters away, with 300mm zoom. Naps disturbed = 0.

Sea Otter Awareness Week Quiz

Copyright Morro Bay National Estuary Program. A child looks at a something they've never seen before on the beach. It is a Pyrosoma atlanticum.

Morro Bay Wildlife Spotlight: Pyrosoma atlanticum

Updates from the Field, August 2021: Red tides, Wildlife, and Volunteering

Our hills have turned nice and green.

Creeks to Coast Cleanup helps Morro Bay and Beyond

In the heavy rains of March 2018, the willows and other plants in the restored flood plain at Twin Bridges along with the wide expanse of salt marsh at the waters edge gave the rushing runoff a place to slow down and sink in. Without these natural spaces, flood waters continue on toward the bay in full force and the possibility of increased erosion and damage to infrastructure rises.

Photograph Friday: drought and big storms around the Morro Bay estuary

Salt marsh channels

Field Updates July 2021: Invasive Sea Lavender Monitoring in the Salt Marsh

Strawberry anemone, Ken-ichi U. Flickr

Photograph Friday: Wild Names for Wildlife in Morro Bay

Morro Bay Estuary Poetry Contest 2021: Winning Poems