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NOAA's Estuarine Research Reserve Collection
Catalog of Images

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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. River otters can be seen frolicking in salt marsh creeks as well as the freshwater rivers of South Carolina.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Few places can match the beauty of a salt marsh at sunset.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This rainbow over Winyah Bay supports the theory that estuaries are pots of gold .
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, operated by the University of South Carolina and located near Georgetown, serves as the headquarters for the North Inlet - Winyah Bay NERR.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Estuaries are important areas for commercial and recreational boating activities . This fleet of sportfishing boats is heading out at the start of a fishing tournament.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The shoreline is armored in many coastal areas. This bulkhead, while protecting upland real estate from erosion, limits the growth of salt marshes and provides a direct pathway into the estuary for runoff containing contaminants from upland sources.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Oyster and clam beds are closed in some portions of estuaries due to high levels fecal coliform bacteria, an indicator of sewage pollution.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Golf courses are common along the South Carolina coast. This golf course at the edge of the Waccamaw River was part of a study conducted by the North Inlet - Winyah Bay NERR designed to determine the effects of golf course best management practices on water quality.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A Reserve staff member lowers a water sampler into the creek as part of a long- term study to assess water quality in North Inlet and Winyah Bay.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A survey of fishes is conducted bi-weekly at the North Inlet - Winyah Bay NERR. Fishes, shrimps, and crabs are collected in a net and brought back to a seawater laboratory for processing.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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North Inlet - Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A catch of fishes is sorted by species and measurements are taken to determine abundance and growth rates over time.
Vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Aerial view of South Prudence Island and T-wharf. Prudence Island, Patience Island, and Hope Island are the virtuous names of the islands that make up this Rhode Island NERR. The reserve is located in the geographic center of Narragansett Bay.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Mr. Ray DeLucia sketching Coggeshall Cove.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve The Prudence Island one-room schoolhouse which was built in 1896.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve A mural of Loggeshall Cove is part of the exhibit at the NERR Learning Center.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve A volunteer performing a Winkler titration to determine the amount of dissolved oxygen in the waters of the estuary.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Irish moss - Chondrus crispis - a common red algae in the Narragansett Bay area.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Mary Carroll of the University of Rhode Island Zoology Department is flagging to determine the density of deer ticks. These ticks can be dangerous as they are carriers of Lyme disease.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Students from Brown University are engaged in a study of marsh dependency of estuarine fishes.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve A view of Coggeshall Marsh which is located at the north end of Prudence Island.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve A typical New England field strewn with boulders . Narragansett Bay is in the background.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve The leaves of the red maple - Acer rubrum. The red maple is the state tree of Rhode Island.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Apple trees such as this one are common in the reserve area and are reminders of the days when Prudence Island was used for tenant farming.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Bayberry - Myrica pensylvanica. Early colonists boiled the berries and made aromatic candles from the wax. The berries are still used as components of candles.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Staghorn sumac - Rhus typhina. This plant is an important food source for many types of wildlife.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Beach pea - Lathyrus japonicus. This plant is common along the sandy shores of the island.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Glasswort - Salicornia europaea. This plant is found at the lower end of the high salt marsh. It is an edible plant and is crunchy with a salty flavor.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Saltmarsh cordgrass or marsh hay - Spartina patens. This is found in high marsh areas. Historically, it was harvested for use as cattle feed by the early farms on Prudence Island.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Look close to see the spotted salamander - Ambystoma maculatum.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Eastern milksnake - Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum. This snake is a constrictor and kills its prey by exerting sufficient pressure to stop its breathing.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Spotted turtle - Clemmys guttata. According to some accounts this is the smallest of turtles. It is found in brackish and freshwater. It has a low tolerance for pollution and is thus an indicator species of water quality.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve White-tailed deer - Odocoileus virginianus. This common deer has its highest population density in Rhode Island on Prudence Island. The island supports a herd of approximately 300 individuals.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve White-footed mouse - Peromyscus leucopus. This mouse is a prey species of owls - especially screech owls and barred owls. Unfortunately, this small rhodent is also an important host in the life cycle of the deer tick and the spread of Lyme disease.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Red fox - Vulpes vulpes. This animal was noted in Rhode Island by the first settlers as it was mentioned by Roger Williams in 1643 in his work "A Key into the Language of America."
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Harbor seal - Phoca vitulina. This marine mammal can be seen hauling out on rocks and piers during the winter months in Narragansett Bay.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve An American bittern - Peromyscus leucopus. This secretive bird is relatively rare and requires healthy wetlands for its continued existence.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Tautog - Tautoga onitis.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Osprey - Pandion haliaetus. Efforts are being made to encourage nesting by this species on the reserve. Note bands on legs for future identification.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Great egret - Casmerodius albus. These are often seen in the salt marshes of the reserve.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Glossy ibis - Plegadis falcinellus. Hope Island provides a safe haven for this species for breeding.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Double-crested cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus. These birds often take advantage of the tops of pilings for resting places.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Quahog - Mercenaria mercenaria. The quahog clam fishery is the largest in the state of Rhode Island.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Lobster - Homarus americanus. A large lobster has been set on the top of a lobster pot. Buoys dot Narragansett Bay marking the sites of lobster pots.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve The blue crab - Callinectes sapidus - is one of many species of crabs found in f Rhode Island waters.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Oyster - Crassotrea virginica. Pollution and overharvesting caused a decline in this fishery but now numbers are increasing.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Monarch butterfly - Danaus plexippus. These beautiful butterflies are poisonous to predators and feed on the reserves many milkweed plants.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve A deer tick - Ixodes dammini - is quite abundant on Prudence Island. These small creatures can be quite dangerous to humans as they are carriers of Lyme disease.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1996 October
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Cobble beach community at Providence Point.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1997 November
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Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Cobble beach community at Providence Point.
Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island 1997 July

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