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19 May 2022 - News - May Week 3

Submitted by: Callum

* Malaysian Success *

Malaysian Group Photo


Our IOSF - Malaysian Nature Society workshop in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park came to an end recently, and it can only be described as a huge success.

A total of 71 people attended the workshop, either in person or via on-screen methods, which is the largest number of participants at a workshop to date. In addition to participants from Malaysia, this included people from Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Germany, Canada and UK.

The Malaysian Nature Society are now looking to create a conservation network within South East Asia by reaching out to other groups and organisations who have an interest in working with, and protecting otters in other countries. This would help to increase knowledge of the regions otters through data sharing and also collaborating in thinking of ways to develop conservation for otters in the future.

We are looking forward to sharing a full report of the Malaysian workshop with you in the coming weeks!

* Team Otter - Team Seas *

Team Otter Team Seas


Our High School Group of Team Otter Broadford is raising money for Team Seas. Team Seas is an organisation that is helping reduce ocean plastic. For every £1 they receive, 1 pound of plastic is removed from the ocean.

We are using IOSF to raise the funds then all funds will be transferred at the end of the fundraiser, once both online and offline donations have been combined.

Please donate generously to our cause. All funds raised will be donated directly to Team Seas for their campaign.

* News from the sanctuary *

Baby bird May 2022


As many of you may know, it's not just otters that are rehabilitated at the IOSF Sanctuary. Duty called last week, and this fluffy little chirper came to us feeling a little bit under the weather.

We are delighted to say that, so far, everything is looking positive! With a hefty amount of mealworms being consumed (and trust us, it's not shy in asking for more!), and daily signs of strength improvements and growth, we hope to see it mingling with its feathered friends in the not to distant future.

Continuing from last week unfortunately has been the wet and cold days that are usually far away in May! We are hoping our summer hasn't been and gone already, and so are the otters. We seem to have a particularly smart bunch with us at the minute, all of which are enjoying the warmth of their nest box over any outside activities in the main.

Storm continues to grow, showing signs of reaching the larger end of the scale for males, and Wally has also increased his food intake, following suit! Bealltainn has had the pleasure of the company of a red deer in the fields outside of her enclosure, which was spotted at feeding time on a day last week. All remain healthy and are progressing well.


You can adopt one of our sanctuary otters here.

Or, alternatively, donate to our 'Cubs in Care' fund here.

Thank you!


* IOSF World Otter Day 2022 *

WOD Webinar


Donate to IOSF's World Otter Day Webinar!

Whether you're attending or just want to support our free-to-view webinar, you can make a donation here to help us make this work.

If you are interested in joining the Webinar, then please complete the form here:


WOD Raffle Titled


Support our #WorldOtterDay Raffle this year!

We have some super prizes for you. A £5 donation gets you a ticket and you can find out more by clicking the link to our JustGiving page.


* Please share these posts and spread the word about IOSF's work with otters. Thank you for your support!

12 May 2022 - News - May Week 2

Submitted by: Callum



* Progress Made on Hospital Renovations *

First Sheets on


*Shiny and new!*

The sheets are going on, and don't they look good? Our tradesman Jamie put in the hard hours whilst the weather broke and managed to get most of the front and side sheets up and fixed, and two of the new windows have also been fitted.

The typical Isle of Skye spring time wind and rain is halting progress slightly, but we are really looking forward to seeing it all finished once the sun reappears!


* News from the Sanctuary *

Storm cooling off


*Storm cooling off during a more sunny day*

It's not only the builders who haven't been enjoying the wet and windy weather! All 3 of the hotel IOSF residents have been particularly quiet over the past few days, preferring the comfort and warmth of their beds to the rather unattractive prospect of a wonder about outside. A free Haddock supper is enough to get them out briefly, but blink and you will miss them!

All are feeding well, and progressing smoothly towards one day being reintroduced back to where they belong!


You can adopt one of our sanctuary otters here.

Or, alternatively, donate to our 'Cubs in Care' fund here.

Thank you!


* World Otter Day 2022 *

WOD Webinar


Donate to IOSF's World Otter Day Webinar!

Whether you're attending or just want to support our free-to-view webinar, you can make a donation here to help us make this work.

If you are interested in joining the Webinar, then please complete the form here:


WOD Raffle Titled


Support our #WorldOtterDay Raffle this year!

We have some super prizes for you. A £5 donation gets you a ticket and you can find out more by clicking the link to our JustGiving page.


* Please share these posts and spread the word about IOSF's work with otters. Thank you for your support!

05 May 2022 - March/April E-update Goes Live!

Submitted by: Callum

*March/April E-Update Goes Live*

Wally - "Where


Wally is getting increasingly demanding for his dinner...

In the latest March/April E-Update you can find articles on:-

* News from the Sanctuary

* Otter Hospital renovations

* IOSF World Otter Day 2022

* News in brief
- Canadian rescued otter released!
- Detroit Otters?
- Golden Doodle rescues otter cub!

World Otter Day webinar


Morning:
* Dr Paul Yoxon – “Otter Spraint Surveys and Spraint Analysis - And Limitations”
* Dr Eleanor Kean - "Unexpected results from a nation-wide otter survey of Wales"
* Mohan Shrestha, Nepal - "Eurasian Otter in Nepal- Unveiling the presence after 3 decades"
* Frederick Kistner – " What you can learn by looking at otter footprints—An introduction to the Footprint Identification Technology (FIT) for Otters."
* Klaudja Koci/Bledi Hoxha - The status of otter in Albania and a case study in Prespa National Park

Evening:
* Adriana Belen Vallejos - "The distribution of Neotropical Otters and the climate crisis: A study case case in northern Argentina"
* Ana Maria Montes Ferro– Giant otters and communities
* Javier Trivelli and Valentina Diaz Savaria - "Chungungo: Re-Ottering Chile"
* Dr. Nicola Okes – Otters in South Africa and the increased “urban” otters.
* Heather Barrett, Sea Otter Savvy - "Being Sea Otter Savvy"

The webinar will be free of charge so that as many people can attend but if you would like to make a donation to support otters please click here

To register for the Webinar, please complete the form here

01 May 2022 - Malaysian Workshop Update

Submitted by: Callum

*Malaysian Workshop Update!*

Paul Talk MWS


Wednesday morning saw the team involved in talks designed to improve knowledge and awareness of various important research and survey techniques. These talks involved further information on spraint analysis and also took a look at species identification methods such as, footprint size and features and genetic ID (DNA). Non-invasive wildlife monitoring organization Wildtrack have developed a footprint identification technique (FIT), and they are present at the workshop working with our team and the attendees. Their method of identifying animals via their unique footprints without disturbing them is extremely useful in conservation, as we aim to keep our intrusion on nature to an absolute minimum.

Spraint Field Work MWS


On The Boat MWS


It was then time to get back out into the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and embark on some field explorations with the Malaysian Nature Society and WildTrack. The task of finding spraint and footprints was set. This was easier said than done with the knee-deep-mud river banks providing a stiff leg workout but, as you can see, everyone was happy to be involved!

Footprint Search MWS


We look forward to more updates from Paul, Grace and Ben in the coming days.

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