In 1999, a citizen science program for submitting river otter observations was created through the Humboldt State University Wildlife department. In 2017, Jeff and Gilly Black from the HSU Wildlife department were inspired by the public arts initiative by The Art of Fundraising project of England's Dartmoor National Park. In 2019, a special partnership with Ink People Center for the Arts, North Coast Open Studios, HSU’s Art Department, Crescent City Art, and the Trinity County Arts Council led to local North Coast artists decorating more than 100 3-foot-tall otter sculptures. The sculptures were displayed at shops, galleries, schools, and other North Coast locations. The auction delivered the otter sculptures to permanent homes, with the proceeds funding future otter studies and student internships with community-based watershed projects.
The Otter Spotter Activities Booklet authored by Anna Spitzer, Natalie Sanman, Isabelle Otillio, Joshua Overington, Brissa Christophersen, Sarah Duffy, Brighton Hayashida, Jennifer L. Tarlton and Jeffrey M. Black is also available above for download. The booklet invites you join in the fun and learn about our North Coast Otters.
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Black, J. M., "North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative: Commemorative Auction Catalog" (2022). Archives & Reprint Series (imprint). 8.