Otters can be found all around in our creeks, rivers and coastal ecosystem. Learn more about these intriguing mammals during the Marine Discovery Center’s April Public Lecture Series entitled, “Behavior and Health of River Otters in Florida.

Megan Stolen, director of the Melbourne Beach laboratory of Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, will be the guest presenter on Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held live in MDC’s Learning Lab.

Stolen’s work at Hubbs-SeaWorld focuses on whales, dolphins and otters and she has a particular interest in how human activities impact the behavior and health of these animals.

Stolen holds a master’s degree in biology from the University of Central Florida and a second master’s degree in wildlife forensic science from the University of Florida.

While she has been studying whales and dolphins for more than 25 years, her work on otters is more recent and involves a citizen-science component called “Otter Spotter.” During the presentation, she will answer questions about river otters and provide information to help citizens become “Otter Spotters” in their own backyard.

The event is free to the public, but donations to the Marine Discovery Center are always appreciated.

The presentation will be videotaped and archived later on MDC’s website. It also will be streamed on Facebook Live.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828. The Marine Discovery Center is located off the North Causeway at 520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

The lecture is open to the public at no charge  |  No reservations are required