Today at our labs, our research scientist Megan Stolen with the help of volunteers, retrieved several samples that will be sent to a research lab in California for further testing on potential diseases Otters can be exposed to. These samples will help provide valuable data on the negative effects on wildlife from coastal development and water quality.
Providing samples from aquatic animals to other scientific entities and research studies nationally is an example of HSWRI’s reach and commitment to the larger scientific community.
HSWRI’s Otter Spotter program not only trains citizens to spot and report Otter sightings, but also includes extensive research on diseases Otters may be exposed to. Otters’ well being can signal if there are environmental changes that could hurt wildlife and humans’ quality of life.