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The once-bustling hamlet of Elkhorn, Calif., borders part of the Elkhorn Slough in Central California between Monterey and Santa Cruz.

It's barely above sea level, at 10 feet. If you drive there, there are multiple places to park and view the wildlife, which includes many birds.

"Elkhorn was named after the elk in the area that have since gone extinct," Wikipedia notes. "Because Elkhorn is not incorporated, not all residents call the place they live Elkhorn.

"Some residents refer to Elkhorn as Castroville, Prunedale, Watsonville or Salinas on mailed documents because Elkhorn shares ZIP codes with them.

"Other residents refer to Elkhorn as north Monterey County of which Elkhorn is a part.

"The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, located in the area, promotes education about and preservation of the largest tidal salt marsh outside of San Francisco Bay."
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