As the only non-profit dedicated solely to saving the California sea otter, we are frequently contacted by students or educators who are interested in learning more about the sea otter and what they can do to help. We believe everyone can do something to help otters, and we try to offer information and support for groups to make a difference. All of the students who have contacted us have been great–their advocacy and passion has helped us educate policy makers, raise awareness, and spread the word.
Some projects are more ambitious than others, and recently we’ve been contacted by a girl scout named Caitlyn who is working hard to save sea otters for a Silver Award Project, a special Girl Scout leadership program. Her goal is to help raise awareness of sea otters from her home town of Sacramento by passing out brochures, creating a bumper sticker, and participating in a paint-a-drain campaign to paint anti-pollution messages on storm drains. That’s a lot of work for an already busy high school student!
Not only am I thrilled to see a passionate young women throw her energy into sea otter awareness, I am also really excited that she was able to make the connection between her actions, and actions taken by her fellow Sacramentoans, and impacts to sea otters. Our awareness efforts are often focused on the coasts where we have otters, but in reality the health of watersheds as far inland as Sacramento can affect the health of the oceans. Caitlyn’s paint-a-drain campaign recognizes the connection between inland stormwater and ocean pollution.
Her work is also a reminder that sea otters are part of a rich Californian natural history that belongs to all of us.
With Caitlyn’s permission, I am including a sample bumper sticker–it sounds like she will be raising funds for a trip to Monterey to distribute these, and hopefully visit the otters!
Thanks Caitlyn, and keep up the good work!