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Natural History and Tracking of the River Otter

Saturday, February 18, 2023,
10:00 am
to 12:30 pm

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Two river otters walk across a snowy field. (photo © Flickr user Canopic via the Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist and long-ago Harris Center naturalist Mike Bottini for a morning devoted to the natural history and ecology of New England’s river otters. We’ll start inside, where Mike – who has been researching otters on Long Island for many years – will detail the survival strategies of these semi-aquatic members of the weasel family. Then, we’ll head outdoors on a tracking trip in search of local otter sign, where we’ll learn how to identify otter tracks, scat, and scent marking. Don’t miss this otterly wonderful opportunity to learn about our local mustelids!

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Harris Center and local field sites. Space is limited, and registration is required. Snow date: February 19. The field trip will be moderately strenuous. Dress for the weather, and come prepared with spikes or snowshoes.

For general information about Harris Center field trips, see our Outings Information page. For more information (including questions about accessibility) or to borrow snowshoes or ice traction, contact Susie Spikol.


Saturday, February 18, 2023
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
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Susie Spikol
(603) 525-3394


Harris Center for Conservation Education
83 Kings Hwy
Hancock, NH 03449 United States
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