Categories
Events Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Virtual Science Symposium: Sea Otters & Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem October 6, 7, 8

In Partnership with Hatfield Marine Science Center & the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society

Blue Banner

The prospect of restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast raises important ecological and economic considerations to be explored in this symposium.

Over several days, this symposium will offer three virtual sessions, 7 total presentations, with discussion. Presentations will explore current scientific understanding of key issues that are central to future decisions about restoration.

Keynote Address by renowned sea otter ecologist Dr. Jim Estes, October 6th, at 7pm (~45min)

Science Sessions will be held October 6, 7,and 8, from 1 pm to approximately 3:15 pm based on Q&A participation

Presenters will include ODFW urchin biologist Scott Groth, OSU kelp ecosystem researcher Sara Hamilton, sea otter researcher Dr. Tim Tinker, estuary ecologist Brent Hughes, interdisciplinary researcher Dr. Ed Gregr and more!

Register below and receive links to the video-conference and the full schedule. Please consider donating support this symposium

Categories
Events Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Joint Webinar Co-hosted by Environment Oregon: Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem & Sea Otters

Blue Banner

Join the Elakha Alliance and Environment Oregon on September 23rd at 6:00pm, for a joint webinar discussing the status of the kelp ecosystem in Oregon, including conservation issues and policy considerations. We will discuss how a possible sea otter reintroduction may play a foundational role in the restoration of this key ecosystem. Presenters include Elakha Board President Bob Bailey, and John Goodell, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

Categories
Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Beyond Kelp: How Sea Otters Cultivate Healthy Estuaries

Blue Banner

The role of sea otters in sustaining a healthy kelp ecosystem is well known, however new research from Monterey Bay in California, reveals how the presence of sea otters builds seagrass habitat, which in-turn buffers the effects of pollution and increases marine productivity in the estuary.

Explore this article from The Guardian…

Categories
Events Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Webinar: Legal and Economic Dimensions of Sea Otter Reintroduction

Species re-introductions involve complex biological, legal, and social consideration for agencies, scientists, stakeholders, and communities. However, evaluating a species associated with effects on economically valuable resources, makes assessments and input all-the-more important.

Please join Elakha Board President Bob Bailey and USFWS biologist Michele Zwartjes, on August 26th at 6pm, for a webinar presentation designed to explore the legal, scientific, and social framework of sea otter reintroduction; where things stand now, and what are the next steps? Register soon!

Categories
Uncategorized

Webinar for Ocean Users and Core Stakeholders: The Legal Framework and Key Considerations Surrounding a Potential Sea Otter Restoration in Oregon

Blue Banner

Categories
Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Podcast: Sea Otters & Zooarchaeology

The Emerging Role of Zooarchaeology

Check out the recent Northwest Nature Matters podcast with Professor Madonna Moss about her fascinating research into the pre-historic use of sea otters by indigenous tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Professor Moss is the Curator of Zooarchaeology, at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and studies the long term history of Native Americans and First Nations of the Northwest Coast of North America, with a special focus on Tlingit and Haida and their ancestors.

Also known as faunal analysis, zooarchaeology involves studying remains of animals from archaeological sites including remains like bones, shells, hair, fish scales, hides, and DNA. Professor Moss explained how faunal evidence can support a wide range of natural resource and cultural resource questions. Moss describes how her research into the past use of sea otters by PNW tribes helped confirm their own oral histories, and defend their tribe’s cultural practices against outside opposition. Listen….

Categories
Events Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Webinar: What can we learn from past reintroductions to prepare us for an Oregon plan?

The Elakha Alliance and the Defenders of Wildlife are pleased to announce a joint webinar that explores sea otter restoration in adjacent Pacific coast regions where recovery efforts have occurred. The discussion will consider how these examples may advise a sea otter reintroduction in Oregon. This presentation will be led my leadership of the Elakha Alliance, along with the Defenders of Wildlife’s PNW team.

When: July 14th, 6:00pm7:00pm

Who: Anybody

By Whom: Presented by the Elakha Alliance and staff from the Defenders of Wildlife.

Sign up and we will email you the link and password information.

Categories
Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Elakha Alliance in the News!

Northwest News reporter, and regular OPB contributor, Tom Banse, chats with the Elakha Alliance’s leadership about new research coming out of British Columbia. Economists and social scientists studied the effects of sea otter population growth on human communities, with some interesting implications for Oregon. Read the full story….

A sea otter in the waters off Vancouver Island
Categories
Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

Sea Otter Recovery Makes National News

British Columbia sea otter populations are on the move – as they reoccupy portions of their historical range. The effects of this expansion in benefiting ecological resiliency, commercial fisheries, tourism, and climate change – but some trade-offs exists such as the short-term impacts to the subsistence shellfish gathering by local tribal communities. Researchers underscore the need to improve tribal voices in natural resource management – to ensure the long-term success of sea otter conservation.

Explore these news stories to learn more…

Also, a new paper in the Journal Science reveals the economic boom expected from sea otter recovery – with some trade-offs to specific sectors.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sea-otter-benefits-180975086/

Categories
Uncategorized

Podcast Episode: A Deep Dive on Sea Otters

In Part V of our series, leading sea otter researcher Dr. Tim Tinker discusses new science and reveals the varied issues effecting sea otter populations across their pacific range  – from Alaska to California – including his perspectives on a possible Oregon reintroduction. 

Listen here:


 

Categories
Uncategorized

Podcast Episode: From Science to Solutions

In part IV of our series on the kelp ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest, we discuss kelp conservation on Oregon’s south coast with Tom Calvanese. Tom is a rockfish scientist, the Station Manager of the Port Orford Field Station, and a catalyst behind developing action to address kelp declines along Oregon’s south coast. Join us for a multi-dimensional conversation about kelp conservation. 

Listen here:


 

Categories
Uncategorized

Podcast Episode: A Narrative of Discovery with Jim Estes

In part III of our series on the kelp ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest, renowned marine biologist and sea otter researcher Jim Estes shares his story of science discovery. Fom a young graduate student on the Aleutian Islands to scientific breakthroughs, Jim reveals the profound ecological effects of a keystone predator.

Listen here:


 

Categories
Uncategorized

Podcast Episode: Understanding Urchins Part II

In part two of our series in the kelp ecosystem, marine biologist Scott Groth discusses an important urchin monitoring projects on Oregon’s nearshore. While red sea urchin numbers appear normal, purple sea urchin populations have exploded in recent years with alarming impacts to kelp forests in Oregon.

Listen here:


 

Categories
Uncategorized

Podcast Episode: The Kelp Ecosystem in the PNW Part I

A fascinating window into new discoveries in kelp ecology and conservation with Sara Hamilton – a leading researcher studying trends in kelp forests. Sara is a PhD student at Oregon State University.

Links to learn more: A story map compiled by the Samish tribe and others about the importance of kelp and it’s loss in that region:

Listen here:


 

Categories
Science and Conservation of Sea Otters

In the News: Sea Otters Still Recovering From the Russian Fur Trade

Sea otter conservation in the news: A new op-ed piece reflects on the long-term population consequences of the nearly 300 year-old sea otter fur trade.