Sea otter

The Oregon sea otter is the topic of a lecture at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum with a talk about sea otters on Monday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Sea otters of Oregon are a missing keystone species and expert Robert Bailey will talk about how the history of why Oregon is where it is and how we can make some changes. The presentation will be Once common on the Oregon coast, sea otters were hunted nearly to extinction for their rich fur in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Their loss was a significant blow to coastal native people and to the marine environment. Although sea otters have returned elsewhere, they remain missing in Oregon. What will it take to help them return?

This talk will explore the history of sea otters in Oregon, their ecological and cultural importance, and the prospects for their return and recovery. It will touch on the mission of the Elakha Alliance, an Oregon nonprofit organization devoted to sea otter conservation.

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum hosts a series of off-season lectures on various topics from astrophysics to Sir Francis Drake. The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is open Wednesday through Monday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum also features the history of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, a longhouse replica, tide pool exhibit, and the cannon that Cannon Beach is named for. For more information visit www.cbhistory.org or call 503-436-9301.

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