As part of an ongoing project, Erika Zambello is visiting all National Estuarine Research Reserves in the continental United States. Established by NOAA, the sites work together toward long-term research, education and coastal stewardship.
A group of scientists attending a Jacksonville-based living shorelines conference, garbed in knee-high wading boots, walked across a mudflat toward a line of raised oyster shells collected in bags at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR). With each step, our boots sunk into the soft earth and crabs scuttled away from our impending approach.
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