HSU Wildlife Professor Jeff Black will give a talk titled “North Coast Otters: Merging Citizen Art & Science” on Sept. 21 in Arcata. (Friends of the Arcata Marsh — Contributed)

Humboldt State University Wildlife Professor Jeff Black will speak on “North Coast Otters: Merging Citizen Art & Science” Sept. 21.

This free public lecture, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center on South G Street in Arcata, is being sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh.

“North Coast Otters” will be a collection of unique pieces of otter art, which will be displayed at local businesses, festivals, galleries, schools and other public areas. Black will talk to folks about this intersection of art, nature and science.

Besides otters, Black’s research interests include Humboldt Bay waterfowl, Steller’s jays and raptors. The HSU River Otter Citizen Science Project has been collecting sightings of river otters from water courses in Humboldt, Del Norte and adjacent counties since 1999.

To guarantee a seat for the lecture, call 707-826-2359.

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