Tuesday, June 21, 2022

OMSI Science Pub

Kennedy School - Kennedy School Theater

6pm doors, 7pm show

Advance tickets recommended; $5 suggested donation

All ages welcome

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Sea Otters: Bringing Oregon's Climate Change Warriors Back

w/ Bob Bailey, Elakha Alliance Board President and Chanel Hason, Elakha Alliance Director of Outreach and Community Relations and marine biologist

Green Aliens Among Us - Why Plants are the Most Alien Creatures You'll Probably Ever MeetImagine spotting a raft of furry sea otters floating atop a thick bull kelp forest canopy along Oregon's rocky coast, what a sight it would be! Sadly, sea otters have been an absent predator along the Oregon coast for over a century, due to being hunting to near extinction during the maritime fur trade. Their return to Oregon would be extremely beneficially culturally, economically, and ecologically. Previous sea otter reintroduction efforts have been successful in California, Washington, and British Columbia. Now, the Elakha Alliance is working towards returning these once native marine mammals back to Oregon.

The Elakha Alliance is a non-profit organization based in Oregon, made up of tribal, conservation, and non-profit leaders working towards returning sea otters to Oregon. This talk will feature Chanel Hason, a marine biologist and Director of Outreach & Community Relations for the Elakha Alliance, highlight why sea otters are a keystone species in the nearshore marine ecosystem, and how that benefits climate change. The talk will also highlight the current status of sea otters returning to Oregon, with a summary from Elakha Alliance's Board President, Bob Bailey regarding the results from their recently published Feasibility Study.

Chanel earned her BSc in Environmental Science focusing on Marine and Coastal Ecology from California State University, Monterey Bay. She was a husbandry volunteer with sea otters and river otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She conducted research on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and also worked for Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment program at the Ritz Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico. Most recently, she earned her MSc in Sustainability Education at Portland State University. You can follow her marine science activities on Instagram and Twitter: @PSChanel.

Bob spent nearly 40 years in coastal and ocean planning and management for the State of Oregon. He also served as a City Commissioner for the City of Oregon City, a member of the City of Salem Budget Committee, and chair of the Oregon Wave Energy Trust. He now sits as the Elakha Alliance's Board President. To stay up to date with sea otter reintroduction in Oregon follow along on Instagram (@ElakhaAlliance), or Twitter (@ElakhaA).

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