Grants Database

River Otter Ecology Project
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Citizen Science Monitoring, Education and Research: River Otters and Watersheds
California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, 2018
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
San Francisco Bay Area
Marin County
Sonoma County
Napa County
Contra Costa County
Solano County
Santa Clara County
Alameda County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Cruz County
Monterey County
Project Description:

Otter Spotter is a citizen science initiative designed to collect sightings of river otters, extirpated from the SF Bay Area for decades and now making a previously-undocumented recovery. The goal is to gather, map and disseminate data on the presence of this important aquatic predator to aid land managers in restoration decisions, help inform toxic spill response and support ongoing research into their role in aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, we leverage the charisma of this elusive, playful mammal to educate, raise awareness and gather support for watershed conservation and restoration.