Come meet the local hero of the California Coast. The sea otter’s story is both tragic and inspiring. Nearly extinct at the beginning of the 20th century, the sea otter's remarkable recovery offers humankind hope of restoring the health of our coast. The day will begin with a slide presentation/lecture by author/adventurer Dennis Eagan on the history of the sea otter from the species early encounters with native Alaska hunters up to the present day. You will learn about the habits and physiology of the sea otter, the impact of the North Pacific fur trade on the species, and how the sea otter influenced American History. After lunch we will travel to the Sea Lion overlook near the Point Reyes Lighthouse to view California sea lions and learn more about this species that played a significant role in the sea otter's story. We will also check out the mouth of Drakes Estero for seals and, if we are lucky, a sea otter or two. While sea otter have yet to establish a colony north of the Golden Gates. Males occasionally wander up the coast.