that California is considered a biodiversity hotspot? In order to prioritize conservation dollars in an increasingly endangered world, scientists have identified areas of high priority. Different organizations have identified different areas they will work to conserve, and the California Floristic Province (they mean us!) is on Conservation International’s list. You can read more about biodiversity hotspots and their scientific justification here, and more about our very own hotspot here. All the more important to conserve the keystone species that tie it all together.
Of course sea otter pruned kelp forests are our favorite part of this complex web here at The Otter Project. But it’s always good to be reminded of how it all ties together! Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about sea otters that we forget to see the forest for the trees (bad eco-idiom totally intended)!