The Earthwatch Institute produces informative podcasts to better connect general audiences with some of the science with which their organization and volunteers participate in. APECS is honored to be featured in not only one of these podcasts, but two! Many thanks to the Earthwatch Institute for putting together these stunning podcasts, affectionately renamed “pOTTERcast”.
The first pOTTERcast (Episode Three of their series) can be found following this link.
The second pOTTERcast (Episode Four of their series) can be found following this link.
pOTTERcast Part 1: Sea Otters and Seagrass
In Southeast Alaska, sea otters have made a critical comeback after their populations were decimated during the fur trade. With their numbers growing, how are these charismatic critters impacting the ecosystem? Learn about the critical role this species plays in maintaining the health of seagrass habitat and what Earthwatch researchers and volunteers have uncovered so far. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)
pOTTERcast Part 2: Rats. Locusts. Sea otters?
While many view sea otters as adorable, charismatic creatures, the local residents of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska have a much different opinion. For them, sea otters have destroyed their fisheries and destroyed their livelihoods. Learn more about this complex relationship and how the ecosystem has shifted with the growing presence of this top-level predator. (The music in this episode is “Partly Sage” by Blue Dot Sessions, provided under the Attribution-Noncommercial License.)