The Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center will host an otter for the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative.
Humboldt State University’s North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative is a community scavenger hunt to find otter sculptures painted by local artists, and the project aims to celebrate life, water, otters, support local businesses and fundraising for student projects.
The otter on display at the Interpretive Center is known as “The Humbirder” and is the work of artist Shawn Gould. Community members are encouraged to visit the otter on weekends between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the center is open to the public.
Interpretive Center staff would like to remind the community that river otters frequently cross roads in the areas surrounding the marsh and at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, so it is important that visitors to the marsh drive slowly in order to keep them safe. otters, other wildlife and safe people.
Those who have seen a river otter in the swamp are encouraged to report it to the Humboldt State University River Otter Citizen Science Project, which documents river otter sightings on the coasts of Humboldt, Del Norte, and adjacent counties in the northern part of the California and southern Oregon. To report an otter sighting, email [email protected], call 707-826-3439 or visit https://wildlife.humboldt.edu/people/jeff-black/research/otter.
“The Humbirder” will be on view at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, located at 569 South G St. in Arcata, until September. For more information on the North Coast Otters Public Arts Initiative, visit otterart.humboldt.edu.