The River Otter Ecology Project
|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 http://www.riverotterecology.org/otter-spotter-citizen-science-project.html
|Project Timing||Year-round, ongoing.|
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|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|
|Tags||bays, california, conservation, ecology, otters, point reyes, rivers, wetlands|
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