Help Us Find the Person Who Shot Three Sea Otters

In early September 2013, members of our Sea Otter Research and Conservation team recovered three sea otters that had been shot to death near Asilomar Beach, in Pacific Grove. State and federal authorities are actively investigating the fatal shootings, and now they need your help finding the perpetrator.

We and other sea otter conservation groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.

Southern sea otters are slowly recovering after being driven nearly to extinction by fur traders in the 19th century. Today, they’re protected under federal law by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Killing a California (or southern) sea otter is a crime punishable by federal and state fines, and possible jail time.

If you have any information about the shootings, contact Special Agent Souphanya of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078. Anonymous reports can also be made by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contact line at 703-358-1949, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP line at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.

Reward contributions have been provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Sea Otter, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The U.C. Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center and private individuals.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is providing a portion of the reward money from the California Sea Otter Fund, which is financed by voluntary contributions from state taxpayers. The fund helps support sea otter research and conservation, including the investigation of sea otter deaths and the enforcement of laws protecting sea otters. When filling out your California income tax form 540, look for line 410, labeled California Sea Otter Fund, under Contributions.

Learn more about the California Sea Otter Fund.

Checking Off the List

Leaves gathered - check
35 minutes on the treadmill - check
Try out the punching bag - check
Shower - check
Sore a bit? - check
Time for leftovers, Green Lantern, and (most importantly) some cuddle time with my babe

Head-to-Toe Assessment Check Off

I didn’t stress too much over this check off. It involved memorizing about three pages of information about how to do a complete review of systems for a head-to-toe assessment: general appearance, EENT, respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and abdomen. I managed to memorize the pages word for word, and I felt really prepared. While waiting outside the door to go in, I got super nervous, but I still knew that I had the material down and would be okay. Once in the room, I went first before my lab partner/best friend. So, I’m going through the assessment with no problems, and then I’m stopped just before I would have gotten to the second page of the check off if I were reading it. My lab partner had to reposition herself so my instructor could see everything from a side-view. My train of though was thrown off a bit, but I regained composure and continued like it was no big deal. I finish the assessment thinking that I did a great job and remembered everything word for word. HOWEVER, my instructor is like “you have two minutes left, think of what you missed because it’s pretty big.” And I’m like OH DANG! So, I start going through the whole thing again in my head, and then I realize – I completely skipped over the whole musculoskeletal system! Thank god my instructor lets her student go back and assess or say something that they have missed because I probably would have failed if I didn’t remember that I forgot a whole system.

What matters is that I passed! However, I literally could not believe that I had done that. My lab partner and I ran through the whole thing 4 times before going up, and I had it down perfectly. Then, I got into the room and nerves got the best of me, and I forgot an entire system. I remembered everything eventually, but it just goes to show that not everything will go your way no matter how much preparation you’ve done.

It never gets easier; you just get stronger. 

Thanks to you, things have been going swimmingly for the Sea Otter Tax Fund! Donations on state income tax forms in 2013 total  $307,544. By exceeding the minimum of $273,025, the fund comes back for 2014, providing critical funding to help save sea otters. Check the box on your CA Tax Return—a donation of as little as $5 goes a long way!

Learn more about the tax checkoff

Learn how we’re helping save sea otters

(Jane Smith Photo)

Medication Administration Check Off

The majority of my stress was due to the medication admin check off. I was just so worried about something going wrong and being failed for it, and being asked a question that I was prepared for and that throwing me off of my rhythm causing me to forget to do something for the skill and being failed. I just wasn’t sure what was going to happen, none of us were. This year was the first time that med admin was a part of the final check offs because in the previous years, it was a mid-term check off, so the seniors could only tell me about their experience with it being a mid-term and not a final.

The check off involved drawing up “medication” an ampule, drawing up two types of “insulin”, and starting an IVPG (IV Piggyback). Like I said before, the skills themselves were not too difficult as long as you practiced. I had to memorize specific steps and things to say for each skill, and I practiced a decent amount and felt pretty good about each skill. However, I knew that anything could happen during the actual check off because nerves get the best of people. Obviously now that I’ve posted a picture of my final grades, you probably figured that I had passed my checks offs, and I did. I passed on the first attempt, and the relief that I felt was incredible.

It never gets easier; you just get stronger.

Paper – The Other White Stuff

You’ve heard the slogans:

“Got Milk?”

“Beef - it’s what’s for dinner”

“The incredible edible egg”

“Pork - the other white meat”

And now it seems we are headed toward our own memorable catch phrase within the paper industry.  Support is growing toward developing commodity check off program to help promote the positive aspects of paper.  The research is clear:  when people understand that our products come from renewable resources, are made with high levels of renewable energy and are recyclable – their perception improves.

If approved, nearly $25 million per year in funds will come from paper manufacturers and distributors annually producing or importing 100,000 short tons or more of paper and paper-based packaging. 

For more information about this program visit  See who’s in (Sappi is) and learn more about what the program aims to do. 

Got any good ideas for a catch phrase?