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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.

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. 

 

New adoptable plush sea otters available

We are excited to introduce two new stuffed animal sea otters into our family of adoptable plush otters.   

Wild Republic hug ems sea otter
Chloe the sea otter
Wishpets floating otter - Otto
Otto the sea otter

 

Chloe is sweet & cuddly and would love to come home with you.  Chloe makes her home along the California coast & has contributed to the growing population of sea otters there as she has given birth to two sea otter pups. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otto is a bit rough & tumble as he is from the northern sea otter population along the British Columbia coast. He would make a great addition to any family as long as they have a sustainable amount of clams & crabs – Otto’s favorite foods. 

Sea otter or River otter?

Know the differences between otter species

Sea otters live in the North Pacific Ocean (North of the Tropic of Cancer).  River otters live in rivers and spend their time along the accompanying riverbanks.

There are 13 species of otter throughout the world; 12 are river otters; 1 is the sea otter. 

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Sea otter in the Pacific Ocean
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A North American river otter

Sea otters tend to swim on their backs while river otters tend to swim on their stomachs. 

Sea otters eat foods found in the Pacific Ocean like sea urchins, crabs, sea stars, clams, mussels & shrimp.  River otters eat foods found in their river habitats such as fish, crayfish, shrimp, crabs, and even frogs.