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First Tuesday Talk – The Return of Sea Otters: Considering the Cultural Dimensions of Restoration (6/1/21)

This event is hosted by the Coos History Museum on June 1st, 2021 at 6:30pm PST on Zoom. Click here to register for this free event.

“It is hard to appreciate the historical, cultural, and ecological significance of a species that disappeared from Oregon’s coastal waters over a century ago. What has the loss of sea otters meant to Oregon’s indigenous peoples? What does their absence mean to the health of nearshore ecosystems? What might be gained from the return of sea otters to Oregon? Peter Hatch from the Elakha Alliance and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz will discuss the history and possible future of sea otters in Oregon.”

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Webinar: History of Abalone w/ Ann Vileisis (5/25/21)

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Abalone, the remarkable history and uncertain future of California’s iconic shellfish

Prized for their iridescent shells and delectable meat, abalone have a long and rich cultural history on the West Coast and also an ecological history with sea otters; but with increasing stresses to marine ecosystems today, these unique mollusks now face enormous challenges. Join award-winning author Ann Vileisis for a deep dive into the environmental history of abalone, based on her new book Abalone: the remarkable history and uncertain future of California’s iconic shellfish, including updates on exciting current endangered species recovery efforts. This webinar will take place for free on Tuesday May 25th, at 6:30pm PST. Register at the bottom of the page for the Zoom link.

Ann’s latest book Abalone explores the intimate connections between food and nature on California’s coast. “Through my research on wetlands and food history, I already knew that shellfish had played a significant role in culture, cuisine, and ecology in the past,” she said. “When I found a stunning abalone shell on a Big Sur beach, it led me to discover a rich and remarkable history that spans more than 13,000 years. I unearthed colorful, joyful, and painful stories that speak directly to hard questions we face in this age of extinctions — how we can let animals we cherish become so imperiled? And how can we bring them back?”

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Webinar: Underwater Photography in the Kelp Forest w/ Brent Durand (5/13/21)

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Dive into the Underwater World with Brent Durand

Brent Durand is an avid scuba diver, surfer, writer, photographer and marketer living in Northern California. He has been scuba diving for nearly 25 years and shooting underwater photos for 10 years. The Elakha Alliance is thrilled to invite Brent to present on underwater photography best practices and to share his firsthand experiences diving within various kelp forest ecosystems.
 
Brent’s work is published in print worldwide, in advertising, and across the web. And while he has hosted photo workshops in many exotic locations around the globe, the vast majority of his diving is in the kelp forests at home. Brent has spent years documenting the kelp forest ecosystem, its inhabitants, and dive adventures from the shore, kayaks and even stand up paddle boards. Learn more and view his photos at BrentDurand.com

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Webinar: The Return of Oregon’s Sea Otters – Considering the Cultural Dimensions of Restoration (4/20/21)

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Culture & Sea Otters in Oregon

It is hard to appreciate the cultural importance of a species that disappeared from Oregon’s coastal waters over a century ago. What has the loss of sea otters meant to Oregon’s indigenous peoples? Join Peter Hatch, Elakha Board Member, and member of the Confederate Tribe of Siletz Indians, as he discusses the cultural dimensions of Oregon’s lost sea otters, and the hope for their return. The webinar will be held on April 20th at 6:30pm PST. Register below to join.

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Webinar: A Case for Sea Otter Restoration in Oregon (4/8/21 )

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Restoration Of Sea Otters In Oregon

Emerging science reveals that Oregon’s kelp ecosystem is undergoing dramatic shifts such as large increases in purple sea urchin barrens following the collapse of sunflower sea stars. The restoration of sea otters may help stabilize this vulnerable system, yet some Oregonian’s are concerned about possible negative effects to commercial shellfisheries. The prospect of restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast raises important ecological, cultural, and economic considerations and trade-offs. Join John Goodell, Elakha’s Director of Science and Policy, as he discusses what the Elakha Alliance is doing to address these questions and our plan going forward. The webinar will be held on April 8th at 6:30pm PST. Register below to join.

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Webinar: Oregon’s Lost Sea Otters

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Restoring a Cultural Heritage and Ecological Keystone

Presented by the MidCoast Watersheds Council on Thursday, March 4th, at 6:30pm, as part of their virtual Community Meeting.

It is hard to appreciate the cultural importance and ecological significance of a species that vanished from Oregon’s coastal waters over a century ago. What has the loss of sea otters meant to Oregon’s indigenous peoples? What does their absence mean to the health of nearshore ecosystems? What might be gained from the return of sea otters to Oregon? Join Peter Hatch and John Goodell, from the Elakha Alliance, as they discuss the history and possible future of sea otters in Oregon.


Presenters:

Peter Hatch is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and works in the tribe’s Cultural Resources office. Peter is the son of the late David Hatch – the co-founder of the Elakha Alliance.

John Goodell is a conservation biologist and former museum curator with a background in science communication and natural history interpretation.

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Urchins, Kelp, and Sea Otters: A Webinar for Oregon’s Freedive & Scuba Community

Don’t miss this informative webinar on Thursday, January 21st at 6:30pm, sponsored by the Oregon Freediving Company. Wildlife Biologist and Elakha Outreach Director John Goodell, and Oregon Kelp Alliance Coordinator Tom Calvanese, will discuss concerning trends in Oregon’s kelp ecosystem, urchin management, and the Elakha Alliance’s plan to reintroduce sea otters.

Goodell will also discuss opportunities for the freediving and scuba community to participate in citizen science in collaboration with marine biologists. Register Now!

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Oregon’s Lost Sea Otters: Restoring a Cultural Heritage and Ecological Keystone

Webinar: Thursday, January 14th, at 7:00pm

Please join us for this free virtual talk hosted on Fort George Brewery’s Facebook page via Fort George Brewery Facebook Live event.

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Webinar: December 17th, 7:00pm

The Plight of Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem, Sea Otters, and our Plan

Join Board President Bob Bailey and Director of Outreach John Goodell for an introductory webinar about the Elakha Alliance. We will discuss the origins of the Elakha Alliance, conservation issues surrounding the kelp ecosystem, and why sea otter reintroduction may be an important conservation tool. December 17th at 7:00pm

Register for the webinar to receive links.

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Virtual Symposium Recordings are Available!

If you missed some of the talks at the recent Elakha Alliance Virtual Science Symposium, here are the links recordings for 6 of the 8 talks. Unfortunately we had technical difficulties with our second day of recordings. We are looking forward to seeing you at our next virtual event.

View recorded symposium presentations here…

 A. Dr Jim Estes Keynote Address

#1 Scott Groth on the history of sea urchin fishing and their populations in Oregon

#2 Sarah Hamilton on the conservation status of Pycnopodia (sunflower sea star)

#3 Josh Smith on patchiness in kelp and urchin barrens

#6 Brent Hughes on the ecological influence of sea otters on eelgrass communities

#7 Tim Tinker on considerations for the recolonization of sea otters in Oregon

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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

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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! Explore more information about the speakers here…

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

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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