Alaska Science Center
Part of the United States Geological Survey’s Biological Resources Division, this center plays a pivotal role in conducting research on wildlife, including sea otter populations in Alaska. Research projects on sea otter populations in Alaska are listed at http://www.absc.usgs.gov/research/programs/mammals/htm#otters
California Department of Fish and Game
This state agency protects fish and wildlife, and is one of the collaborators in research into what’s killing California sea otters. The agency’s core of sea otter specialists work out of its Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/organizational/scientific/marinecenter.htm
Defenders of Wildlife
A national advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., DOF is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. They focus on the accelerating rate of extinction of species with the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction.
Friends of the Sea Otter
This organization, based in Pacific Grove, CA., is an advocacy group dedicated to actively working with state and federal agencies to maintain the current protections for sea otters as well as to increase and broaden these preservation efforts.
Marine Mammal Center
The center, based in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge linking San Francisco and Marin County, has rescued and treated more than 9,000 ill, injured or orphaned marine mammals at its facility since 1975. It returns as many as possible to the wild, and, through scientific inquiry, increases knowledge of marine mammals, their health and environment, through education.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Another collaborator in the research to find out what’s killing California sea otters, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is active in sea otter rescue, rehabilitation, research and education. Its sea otter exhibit is one of the most popular in the aquarium. It runs a sea otter rescue and rehabilitation program. Its Web site has a sea otter Web cam, and provides detailed information about California sea otters.
National Science Foundation- Ecology of Infectious Disease
Some of the material presented on this site was funded by a National Science Foundation- Ecology of Infectious Disease grant. This link takes you to the NSF-EID multimedia in the news section and highlights our research efforts as well as others.
The Otter Project
The project, based in Marina, CA., was set up to promote the rapid recovery of the California sea otter, by facilitating research and communicating research results to the public.
This site is the largest resource on the Internet for information about the Earth’s 13 species of otters, including river otters, as well as habitat overviews for the five continents on which otters live, including which otters live in each country, the threats they face, and their conservation status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The California sea otter is listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. This government agency protects sea otters, and its site has information on threatened and endangered species as well as aspects of wildlife conservation.
UC Davis Wildlife Health Center
The Wildlife Health Center is a multidisciplinary program within the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis that focuses on the health of free-ranging and captive terrestrial and aquatic wild animals. It is the umbrella organization under which faculty, staff, students, and other partners come together to address the complex issues surrounding conservation in a changing world.
Western Ecological Research Center
A part of the United States Geological Survey, the center’s Santa Cruz field station http://www.werc.usgs.gov/santacruz
is one of the collaborators in research into what’s killing California sea otters. Its Web site provides information about the natural history of sea otters, current research, and status. The center focuses on providing research, scientific understanding, and technology needed to support sound management of Pacific Southwestern ecosystems.