WRA to present at the 2019 State of the Estuary Conference

WRA experts will take part in the 2019 State of the Estuary (SOE) Conference, hosted by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, October 21-22, 2019. See the full program here

This year, WRA wildlife biologist Katie Smith will present “Mice in the Middle: The Special Case of Terrestrial Wildlife in the Marshes of the San Francisco Estuary” in the From Tidal Wetlands to the Uplands: Fish and Wildlife as Indicators session on Tuesday at 3:55 pm.  Katie is also organizing a poster cluster entitled “Saving Salty: How Emerging Research on Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Ecology – Beyond Habitat Preferences – Can Influence Recovery”. The cluster will focus on ongoing and emerging research on the salt marsh harvest mouse, and will feature 10 posters from state and federal agencies, as well as researchers from several universities.

In addition, WRA senior biologist Sean Avent has been invited to be a Student Poster Judge Chair as part of the SOE Steering Committee. WRA fisheries biologist Stewart DesMeules will present a poster on the Mare Island project, a former U.S. Navy dry dock located in Vallejo where WRA conducts ongoing fish salvage operations. Stewart’s poster, “The Value of a Non-Traditional Long Term Data Set: Sampling at a Former Naval Dry Dock” will be shown at the SOE Reception and Poster Presentation on Monday from 5:00-7:00 pm

About the Conference

Every two years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership brings a focus on the management and ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The State of the Estuary Conference showcases the latest information about the estuary’s changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges. Read more about the organization and conference here.