Are Cows and Sheep the Sea Urchins of the Cascadian Forests?


By Bob Ferris I have always liked sea otters—in part—because they are the quintessential keystone species or critters that materially determine some of the character of their habitat for them and others.  And now as new research emerges about the trophic cascade effects (i.e., the side benefits of having top predators present) associated with the … Continue reading Are Cows and Sheep the Sea Urchins of the Cascadian Forests?

Are sea otters secretly climate crusaders?


09/12/2012 04:34:56 PM PDT   By Jason Hoppin – Santa Cruz Sentinel   SANTA CRUZ – Monterey Bay's main mascot may turn out to be a secret agent in the fight against climate change.   It has long been known that sea otters, nursed back from brink of extinction in the past several decades, provide … Continue reading Are sea otters secretly climate crusaders?