What’s it like to be a Communications Intern at CCSE?

The word “intern” probably conjures up a sad, almost comical image in most people’s minds. The intern is stereotypically the frenzied office assistant, a poor college student desperate for work experience who schedules appointments and makes coffee runs for an iron-fisted and tyrannical boss, à la Anne Hathaway’s character in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Needless… Read more »

Collecting data and exploring one’s watershed at the same time

There’s a plethora of organisms that inhabit Morro Bay. The intertidal animals reside in every nook and cranny. The organism that we focused on monitoring today is the Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida). These magnificent creatures are bivalve mollusks (an organism with compressed body between two shells) that filter feed. They are related to other organisms… Read more »

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it

Monitoring steelhead trout in San Luis Obispo creek just got a little easier. San Luis Obispo City Biologist, Freddy Otte, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) installed a Dual Frequency Identification Sonar (DIDSON) in San Luis Obispo creek to monitor the fish, which are currently a threatened species in our area. DIDSON… Read more »

Trout in the Classroom brings students outdoors

The best part of Trout in the Classroom is what happens outside of the classroom – field trips! Last month, I took a group of students from Vista de las Cruces School to Lopez Lake, along with Watershed Education Coordinators Tosha Punches and Ellen Morris. There, we released the trout they had raised in class… Read more »

CCSE’s Education Programs Inspire Action in Kids

The best way to conserve the environment is to educate the people that live in it.  An even better way is to educate our children about how their actions impact their surroundings. That’s why we opened our Watershed Education Center in September, and why we teach science-based curricula in elementary schools around the county. Tosha… Read more »

The Watershed Stewards Program: A Win-Win for our Community

At Central Coast Salmon Enhancement, we have a constantly growing to-do list. However, as a small nonprofit, we have limited staff and limited time. That’s why we’re incredibly thankful for the Watershed Stewards Program (WSP), an organization that assists communities with habitat restoration for salmonids. We have two WSP members working with us for the… Read more »

The Power of Citizen Science

Scientists need good data to work with. Without it, we can’t continue our projects to ensure the health of our watershed and steelhead trout habitats. And while our staff members at CCSE work hard to collect as much data in the field as possible, we can’t all be in different places at once. That’s why… Read more »

I know they farm oysters in Morro Bay, but this is a different species. The native oyster.

While many may not think much of oysters, they play a significant role as filter feeders. Some studies have shown that an individual oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day, removing pollutants from the water. As we continue to realize how sick our oceans and estuaries are, the presence of oysters… Read more »

Face to face with Central Coast creeks

It’s March, and that means we’re right in the middle of the spawning season for our steelhead trout. Steelhead take the pulses of water flowing out from creeks after rain events as their cue to head upstream, so their spawning season coincides with California’s rainy season. While El Niño hasn’t brought us the torrential rains… Read more »

CCSE: the internship experience

If you ever find yourself in Arroyo Grande, be sure to take a brief stop at Central Coast Salmon Enhancement (CCSE). Beyond the environmental exhibits at their Watershed Education Center, you’ll meet intelligent and fun people who have a passion for protecting and restoring our environment, while sharing with you “how” you can help and… Read more »