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Saturday, June 4, 2017:
Celebrate National Trails Day with a Bike Ride

youth bike group on watsonville trail

The Watsonville Wetlands Watch, City of Watsonville, Trips for Kids and Watsonville residents will be celebrating National Trails Day with a bike ride on the City of Watsonville's wetlands trails. This adventure will start out at the local Trips for Kids Launch Pad on Harvest Drive (click for directions), where participants will be suited up with safety gear and a loaner bike. Trips for Kids will be fitting our local youth individually with a bike, helmet, gloves, and providing skills instruction and even moral support! Space is limited and RSVP is required to reserve your spot. To RSVP please call the City of Watsonville Nature Center at (831) 768-1622.

Join Us for a Restoration Saturday: June 24, July 22, Aug. 26:

people working on restoration in field We invite you to help restore wetland habitat by planting native plants and removing exotic invasive plants as part of our monthly community work day. We will work from 9 a.m. to noon, and we always make time for birding or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at our Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at mary@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or 831-566-4938. Click for a more detailed description of the event.

Saturday, June 24: Wetlands Photography Tour

white-tailed kite. Photo by Efrem Adalem

Watsonville Wetlands Watch docent Denise Murphy and her husband Efren Adalem are award winning photographers who love to take photos in the wetlands. On Saturday, June 24th, they will lead a wetlands photography tour where they will take you to some of their favorite spots, share photo tips, and show you how to see the wetlands through the eye of your camera.

Efren’s sea otter photographs are in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s otter exhibit and he was a finalist in the International Photo Exhibit in Varna, Bulgaria in 2013. Collectively they have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the Santa Cruz County Fair for Wildlife Photography, Professional Class and 1st place in the Monterey Bay Birding Festival photo contest. Visit http://www.oohlookphotography.com/ to see their incredible photographs.

The two-hour tour starts at 4 p.m. Meet at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). The tour is free, but you must register by clicking here. Tour size is limited to 10 so RSVP early. For information, email wetlandscoordinator@gmail.com.

Above: White-tailed Kite. Photo by Efren Adalem

Wednesday, July 19: Presentation: Predator or Prey — What’s for Dinner?

On Wednesday, July 19, join us for a special outdoor evening event where biologist and wildlife expert Bruce Elliott will talk about local wildlife today and in the recent past, viewing them through the daily and seasonal cycles. He will concentrate on the animals found in south Santa Cruz and northern Monterey counties, covering the various animal groups, their predation and relationships, and how they use the night time hours to feed and prey.

This talk is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the outdoor classroom, overlooking the beautiful wetlands, behind the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Please dress accordingly. Click for map/directions. Admission is free but you must reserve a seat online by clicking here. For information, email wetlandscoordinator@gmail.com .

Above: Jack Rabbit. Photo by Efren Adalem

Saturday, July 22: Tour — Exploring Special Spots on the Watsonville Sloughs

Enjoying the sites on the City wetland trails

On Saturday, July 22nd, join City of Watsonville naturalist and educator Cindy Scott as she takes you on a walking and driving “circumnavigation” tour of interesting spots in the City’s wetland trail system. You will learn about the wetlands, the City’s plans for building more trails, and do some birding while exploring a variety of trail sections.

This tour, co-sponsored by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville, starts at 9 a.m. and is bilingual.  Attendees will meet at the City of Watsonville Nature Center, 30 Harkins Slough Road, in the back of Ramsay Park and carpool to the various sites. Binoculars are provided. The tour will end by 11:30 a.m.  Attendance is free, but you must reserve a space by clicking here. Please call the City's Nature Center for details at 831-768-1622.

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