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This blog is predominately about camera trapping in California. We camera trap to save our souls and to teach primary school students about biology and conservation. We will also touch on other camera trapping news and musings, sets from afar, mediocre herpetology, sucky birding, and other natural history discussions.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Marin and Sonoma County River Otters

Photo by Donald Kinney
A couple of River otter sightings in Marin and Sonoma Counties this past week for your enjoyment ...

The first on my radar was a sighting by local photographer Donald Kinney.  Donald usually does street photography and Marin County landscapes especially those involving water.  So it was a real treat for him to see some of our local wildlife that he had never seen before and was not real familiar with.

The second sighting was an otter that was rescued from a school in Rohnert Park.
There is no river in the area where the otter was found but there are some seasonal creeks created by the recent rainfall.

It’s not unusual in winter for otters to make exploratory trips up seasonal creeks, then wander away from the stream when they end.

Finally, the River Otters of Shollenberger Park in Petaluma, were dealt a blow as the City Council voted to approve a controversial new asphalt plant which may impact the park and the otter's habitat.

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