River Otters with Thomas Serfass, Ph.D.
There have been several recent reports of possible river otter sightings near Sweet Arrow Lake where there is a ready supply of fish, the semiaquatic otter’s favorite food. A program about otters, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park clubhouse, will focus on otters as a rallying point for aquatic conservation and will include case examples from Pennsylvania, Yellowstone National Park, and Tanzania.
Tom Serfass is a professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Biology and Natural Resources at Frostburg State University. He has worked with river otter conservation for over 25 years, having conceived and supervised the Pennsylvania River Otter Reintroduction Project. Tom also coordinated research for the New York Otter Project and served as a consultant for the reintroduction of river otters in New Mexico. Most recently Tom has been conducting research with spotted-necked otters at Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania and river otters in Yellowstone National Park. Tom is the North American Coordinator for the IUCN Otter Specialist Group. A large portion of his research and conservation activities have focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs and recovering wildlife populations.
For info or directions call 570-345-8952. Snow date is Wednesday, February 14, 2018.