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Sea Otter Awareness Week
September 24, 2017 - September 30, 2017
Sea Otter Awareness Week: Join our volunteers to learn about the otters and their importance to the kelp ecosystem. Find
out why they are protected and what you can do to help. Look for the table at Target Rock, across from Morro Rock in Morro
Bay, daily from Sun, Sept. 24 to Sat, Sept 30th, Family event and activities, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wild & Scenic Film Festival: 28-30 September at 6:30 pm at each of 3 sites: Pismo State Beach Golf
September 24 join the Morro Bay Natural History Museum for “Sea Otters are Crafty” with fun hands on sea otter-themed crafts from 10 am to 2 pm in the museum’s Learning Center.
September 29Join us in the Museum’s auditorium from 6-8 pm For the following talks:
6-7 pm: Cal Poly graduate student, Maggie Jenkins speaks about her research with sea otters in Morro Bay: “The Carnivore Connection: How Sea Otters, Crabs, and Encrusting Critters Relate in Morro Bay”
7-8 pm: Mike Harris, sea otter biologist for the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife will present his talk “What’s Taking a Bite Out of Southern Sea Otter Recovery?” Mike Harris is a Senior Environmental Scientist for the Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and manages the sea otter field research program for the CDFW-Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center.
What’s taking a bite out of the Southern Sea Otter Recovery?
The California sea otter population has been intensively monitored for 40+ years. Mike will present a status update on the southern sea otter population, ongoing monitoring efforts and discuss an increasing source of mortality that is impacting recovery.
In their auditorium, MBNMH will be regularly screening the short film “Sharing Space with Sea Otters” which highlights the importance of protecting sea otters and ways for kayakers and other recreationists to avoid causing disturbance to their natural behavior.