Saturday, May 29, 2021

Still Life with Robin: This Otter Be Good News!

National Park Service

by Peggy Robin

Looks like my “Still Life with Robin” column is turning into “Wild life with Robin.” Last week we did cicadas. In previous columns I’ve written about Potomac River dolphins, little brown bats, raccoons, red foxes, bunnies, squirrels, deer, hawks, and coy-wolves, and now….river otters!

I am happy to spread the news, tweeted out by the National Park Service a few days ago, that the North American river otter – once widespread in our area but believed to be long gone – has been spotted in the Tidal Basin.

Here's the tweet with a photo of one playing in and around another popular water animal often seen in the Tidal Basin – the ubiquitous Swan Boat! 

They’re social animals, so where there’s one, there are bound to be otters (typo….I meant others!)

Stop me before I make anotter pun!

If you go to the Tidal Basin and sea any otters, be sure to take photos. And don’t forget to post them to the Cleveland Park Listserv (in .jpg format, under 500 KB, please!)

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.  

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