We are proud to announce our 2019 funding grant award recipients:
• The Marine Mammal Center – purchase of a sea otter life-history tag
• Oregon Zoo – purchase of a scientific laboratory oven for drying sea otter samples
• Sealife Response, Rehabilitation & Research – purchase of equipment to rescue Washington coast stranded sea otters
• Research studies from graduate & undergraduate students:
o Draven Hawk, University of California Santa Cruz: studying mercury contamination in southern sea otters
o Richard Grewelle, Stanford University Hopkins Marine Station: development of a scientific assay testing for a new pathogen in the southern sea otter population
• Zoological Facilities: Reimbursement for one staff member from each facility to attend the Otter Keeper Workshop
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (New Orleans, LA, USA)
We know that the holidays bring about a time of giving.
What does giving mean to you?
• Does it involve volunteering at an animal shelter, a wildlife rehabilitation center or a nonprofit organization whose mission you strongly support?
• Does it involve listening to a friend and empathizing with their plight?
• Does it involve giving a gift to someone who might be cheered by your thoughtful kindness?
• Does it involve making a donation to your favorite charity and learning about how your gift made all the difference?
For us at the Sea Otter Foundation & Trust, giving involves all of these ideas and…so much more.
We have been sparked by sea otters – and the mission of our organization, the Sea Otter Foundation & Trust to make a difference for sea otters in a completely new way – has been a guiding light for this organization.
Our funding grants have made impacts to:
• The Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s OtterCams – both increasing their streaming capacity and playing an integral role in adding sound to OtterCam1
• Seattle Aquarium’s investigation of toxicity levels in their resident sea otters as well as the Washington state wild sea otter population
• Graduate-level university research regarding:
*end-lactation syndrome in female (mother) sea otters
*nasal mites that contribute to respiratory disease – and what that might mean for humans
*the prominence of peptic ulcers in sea otters
*The ability of zoos, aquariums & other nonprofit organizations to impact the rehabilitation of non-releasable sea otter pups.
There is still work to be done for sea otters – we need you to continue our mission of ensuring the survival and recovery of sea otters in their habitats by building funds to support sea otter research, conservation & education.