Audubon researchers track freshwater deliveries (or lack thereof) and their impacts on the ecology of Taylor Slough and the Bay.
Taylor Slough experienced record-high water levels in January, March, April, and May of 2022, and overall experienced higher than normal water levels due to rapid sea level rise since 2000. The critical water level where prey fish accumulate in high numbers (around 13 cm) did not coincide with Roseate Spoonbill nesting and only dipped low for a short time in late April. Higher water levels occurred during historical Roseate Spoonbill nesting season, making it difficult for birds to successfully forage enough prey fish to feed their chicks.
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This graphic was published in the Summer 2022 issue of Audubon Naturalist.