Healthy Watersheds Make Healthy Ottersheds!
How do we study River Otters?
We look for signs of otters near all kinds of water, including ponds and streams, rivers, lakes, bays and even ocean! Signs we look for include tracks, otter scat (poop) and otter jelly, which is a clear, jelly-like stuff they sometimes leave instead.
We also look for slides and wallows; places where otters have slid down sand dunes or down grassy banks, or rolled around in the sand or dirt. Once we find a place with lots of scat and tracks, we know where to put our cameras.
We put up motion-activated, infrared trail cameras to capture video of them. Videos can help us see how many otters, how many otter pups, and how they behave.
Click here to see some of our videos!
We collect scat
Otter scat and jelly (a clear, viscous substance) can tell us what river otters eat at different times of year. It can also give us genetic information about relationships among the otters we study.