Restoring a Cultural Heritage and Ecological Keystone
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.
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.