Otter Restoration Talk

June 1, 2021 - 6:30 PM
Coos History Museum

Sea otter and pup.\Photo by Eric Palmer.

The Coos History Museum, as one of its First Tuesday talks, offers “The Return of Sea Otters: Considering the Ecological and Cultural Dimensions of Restoration.”  The event takes place on Tuesday, June 1, 6:30 p.m.  It is free and open to all.

The speaker will be Peter Hatch, who is both a board member of the Elakha Alliance, which works to restore sea otters to Oregon’s water, and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

Hatch will discuss the historical, cultural, and ecological significance of this species that disappeared from Oregon’s coastal waters more than 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? Hatch will consider both the history and the possible future of sea otters in Oregon.

To register for this event, go here.