Sea otters presence helps shape and sustain nearshore ecosystems. What is the current status of sea otters on the coast, and what role do they play in a healthy coast? The MidCoast Watersheds Council invites the public to attend a presentation by Robert Bailey, on April 5th, 2018 at 6:30 PM in Newport. The talk will be held in room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach. Refreshments will be served.
Sea otters were once common on the Oregon coast but were hunted to extinction more than a century ago. Robert will share information about the history of sea otters in Oregon and the Pacific Coast, their ecological and cultural importance, their disappearance, and the prospects for their return and recovery.
Robert Bailey is Board President of Elakha Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and conservation of sea otters and the health of Oregon’s nearshore marine ecosystem. Bailey, a native of Coos County, is a retired manager of the Oregon Coastal Management Program who spent nearly 30 years working on ocean and coastal issues for the State of Oregon. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust and serves on the Board of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition. He lives in Salem with his wife, Betsy, and their menagerie.
Come learn more about the history and future of sea otters on the Oregon Coast on April 5th.
In the meantime, here are some links to follow for more information on sea otters:
Some good news from the BBC and California-
Current work at Oregon State University-