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Join Us for a Restoration Saturday: Aug. 26, Sept. 23:

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.

Wed, September 13, 2017 — Reconsider the Coot: Crazy Reproductive Antics of a Common Marsh Denizen

Enjoying the sites on the City wetland trails

Please join us on Wednesday, September 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., when Bruce Lyon, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will talk about the American Coot, a frequently overlooked yet common bird.

Dr. Lyon has been studying the reproductive antics of American coots for the past two decades and has discovered that there is far more to this bird than meets the eye. He’ll highlight discoveries about the parental and reproductive strategies of coots, from both a natural history and scientific perspective.

Coots are bizarre when it comes to raising their chicks, and there are many puzzling features of coot parental care behavior. For example, why do coots lay far more eggs than they can normally raise and why do they beat up their kids so much? And, finally, why are baby coots born with such a ridiculously fluorescent orange plumage? Dr. Lyon will answer these questions and many more in his talk.

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Sat, September 16, 2017 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Native Traditions Walk with Patrick Orozco

Enjoying the sites on the City wetland trails

Please join us on Saturday, September 16 when Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council chairman Patrick Orozco will lead a special tour along the Pajaro River. He will tell stories, sing, and share his experiences and knowledge about local native culture and history. Patrick, descendent of native Californians, has been researching and teaching about native culture for over 20 years. He goes into schools with remembered songs and stories, dances and regalia. This family-oriented tour starts at 9 a.m. Meet at the City of Watsonville’s Pajaro River Park, behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Clearwater Lane just outside of Watsonville.

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Sat, November 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. – noon
Circumnavigation Tour of the Wetlands

Trail Entrance

Join Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board President and retired park ranger Bob Culbertson on a grand tour of the wetlands where you will visit spots rarely seen by the public.

You will discover how this extensive freshwater wetland system fits together, learn about the history of the area and how it was conserved. Not only will you be taken to places seldom seen by the public but you will be able to do a little bird watching along the way.

This is the final tour of the year and will take place rain or shine. Wear layered clothing and bring a hat and umbrella in case of rain.

From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meet at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus located at 500 Harkins Slough Road, Watsonville.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:30 –8:30 p.m.
The Underwater World of Point Lobos

Trail EntrancePlease join us when Jerry Loomis, retired park ranger and state park diver, leads us on an underwater adventure to learn about a part of Point Lobos seldom seen by park visitors.

Jerry created this presentation because of a question often asked of divers as they exit the water in Whalers Cove: “What did you see down there”? The curiosity of visitors to know what exists in the world below the water urged him to start taking underwater photos and share the most amazing dive spot in the world.

Jerry Loomis was a ranger, diver, and docent coordinator at Point Lobos for 22 years beginning in 1980. He is currently a Docent at Point Lobos and the Point Lobos Summer Adventures program which he started five summers ago as a retired ranger turned Interpreter. The highlight of his career was acting as the Point Lobos Docent Coordinator, seconded by his job as a State Park Diver in the underwater portion of Point Lobos.

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