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Diane Tomecek, President & CEO Diane began her non-profit career with The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. Diane’s skill at problem solving and attention to fine detail combined with her big-picture outlook make her an asset to nonprofit organizations. Diane has spent the last fourteen years working and volunteering for many nonprofits including The Butterfly Pavilion, Family Tree, Inc., The Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Downtown Aquarium, The Community Resource Center, The River Otter Alliance and, most recently, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Via these nonprofit organizations, Diane has gained valuable experience regarding the nonprofit industry giving her the skills to succeed in a leadership position with the Sea Otter Foundation & Trust. In her free time, Diane enjoys maintaining a Facebook page and blog dedicated to otter education and she is making it a personal mission to visit every zoological facility that has sea otters. She only has a few left! She enjoys long-distance running, animal and landscape photography and traveling to new locales.

Our 2020 Grant Awards

Announcing   Grant Awards for  sea otter science, conservation & education

2020 sea otter grant awards
Exploring sea otter science and conservation together
Proudly funding and working with these organizations and universities to bring about change for sea otters and sea otter habitat. 
  • Alaska SeaLife Center: sea otter nursery improvements & medical equipment for sea otter rehabilitative care
  • Seattle Aquarium: studying Microplastics in sea otter feces & food-potential impacts on otter health
  • Research studies from these university graduate students:
    1. Kyle Shanebeck, University of Alberta, Investigating sea otter inflammatory response to intestinal parasites
    2. Richard Grewelle, Stanford University;   Development of a test to determine the presence of a pathogen in southern sea otters
    3. Sophia Lyon, University of San Francisco, Investigating southern sea otter ecology in the California northern range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Otter Awareness Week 2019

Become sea otter aware beginning September 22

The start of Sea Otter Awareness Week brings about excitement regarding what is new in the world of sea otters.   Will it bring people together to discuss advancements in research; a conservation initiative or an educational effort?  One can never tell.  

Much of the week can be participated in online, but for the most ardent of sea otter fans, lectures are available, extra educational talks are included with regular admission at zoos and aquariums in the United States, Canada & Europe while kayak tours appreciating sea otters and their habitat are often offered in California or Alaska.

Follow our activities during the week here and on our Sea Otter Awareness Week page. 

 

 

 

Do you have a sea otter project?

Request for Proposals – due October 1, 2019

Sea Otter Foundation & Trust issues annual grant application for 2019. 

Do you work with sea otters? 

Does your organization have a funding need for work that is related to the sea otter? 

Are you a K-12 school that would like to study sea otters?  Consider applying for a small grant to help your school’s students learn about sea otters. 

Our annual request for proposal information is available now and our application can be found here.   

Exciting news for 2019: our maximum grant award has increased! 

Past award recipients include:

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Oregon Wild, SeaLife Response Rehabilitation and Research, Seattle Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium, Sonoma State University, Stanford Junior University, University of California Davis and University of California Santa Cruz.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at grants@seaotterfoundationtrust.org.