Saturday, February 11th, 2:00 p.m.
(suggested donation: $5.00 pp)
The Life of the North American River Otter
Presentation by Liz Baldwin, Assistant Director, BiodiversityWorks
Location: Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St.)
In 2011, Liz and her colleague Luanne Johnson founded BiodiversityWorks (www.biodiversityworksmv.org) to focus on wildlife research and monitoring in the region and to mentor high school and college students in field biology. One of their earlier research projects was documenting river otter activity across Martha’s Vineyard. Liz expanded the project for her master’s degree and looked at the activity patterns, behaviors, and population status of the river otter in a northeast coastal environment. In 2013, she graduated with a degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England. She will talk to us about the biology and natural history of the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), results from her thesis, and how to identify otter track and sign.