CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Return of Sea Otters: Considering the Ecological and Cultural Dimensions of Restoration presented by John Goodell 

Suggested donation: $5 (or what you are able).*

John Goodell is an educator with experience in a wide array of disciplines including wildlife monitoring, conservation planning, habitat restoration, and natural history interpretation. He is a conservation biologist, conservation educator, and former museum curator with a background in science communication and natural history interpretation. John is also the Past-President of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society and now works as the Director of Outreach and Community Relations for the Elakha Alliance, a nonprofit group dedicated to returning sea otters to native habitat.

It is hard to appreciate the cultural importance 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? Wildlife biologist John Goodell from the Elakha Alliance will discuss the history and possible future of sea otters in Oregon. 

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