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The River Otter Ecology Project

Main Project Information
Goal Fill key gaps in biology/ecology of River Otters in San Fran Bay
Task Spot an otter, add observation to website.
Where California, United States of America

River otters are ideal ambassadors for habitat preservation and restoration since they are charismatic carnivores reliant on healthy watersheds to thrive. The River Otter Ecology Project strives to build understanding and shed light on the conservation status and ecology of the North American river otter and the ecosystems they inhabit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our work will serve to fill key gaps in the biology and ecology of these elusive but important aquatic carnivores while also directly engaging the public in their conservation through field-research, environmental education and strategic restoration partnerships.

How to Join

An OTTER SPOTTER is YOU, a citizen scientist who observes river otters in your neighborhood stream, river, bay/county state or national park/ and elsewhere and submits your information to this ecology project. Once we gather hundreds of such observations we will be able to assess all the data and the status and ecology of Bay Area river otters, of which nothing is currently known. Check out

Project Timing Year-round, ongoing.
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bays, california, conservation, ecology, otters, point reyes, rivers, wetlands
Project Updated 08/05/2017