First Annual Long Island Natural History Conference

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Long Island’s River Otters
Mike Bottini
(Session 1, 9:15-10:00)

This presentation will include a brief overview of the natural history and distribution of the North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), and the status and distribution of Long Island’s river otter population based on 2008-2009 field surveys and a 2012 camera trap study of selected otter sites. Mike Bottini is a wildlife biologist whose research and inventory work on Long Island has included osprey, spotted turtles, tiger and spotted salamanders, and piping plovers, as well as river otters. He has a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia where he studied elk in Banff National Park.

FIELD TRIP: Surveying for River Otters. We will visit several otter sites on the north shore of Nassau County to learn how to find and identify “signs” of these reclusive creatures.

Saturday, November 17 9 am – 11 am. Contact Mike at 631-267-5228 or for meeting place and directions.


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