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End-of-July, August, & September Activities
from Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Upcoming Activities
Nature Photography Workshop
Wetlands Alive! Tours
Propagation Days
Restoration Saturdays
Strawberry Festival
Wetlands Garden
Birding Festival
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Introduction to Digital Nature Photography 

Snowy EgretOn Saturday, Sept. 12, WWW is offering a workshop, "Introduction to Digital Nature Photography," led by award-winning nature photographer and interpreter Jeff Barnes. This one-day workshop, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WERC, is for the nature lover who looks to improve his or her photographic skills. The day will provide discussion time as well as opportunities to practice new techniques in the field. The cost is $75, and space is limited. For more information, click to email Kathy Fieberling or call her at 345-1226.
 
Upcoming Wetlands Alive! Tours
 
Wetlands Alive! Tours will be held through September. Bring your friends and join us on a fun, family-oriented tour of the wetlands and our Educational Resource Center (the Fitz WERC; meet at the WERC). For more information, driving directions, and map, click here. Tours are free, but please call the WERC at 728-1156, ext. 7, by Friday noon to reserve a place. All tours are at 10 a.m. except Aug. 8th; dates are as follows:
  • Sunday, July 26th
  • Saturday, August 8th (10:30 a.m. this day ONLY)
  • Sunday, August 23rd
  • Sunday, Sept. 13th
  • Saturday, Sept. 19th

Group Tour of Wetlands

Fridays at 11 a.m. are Propagation Days
 
Every Friday morning, volunteers get together to work on plant propagation in the greenhouse. Activities include transplanting from small pots to larger pots, and collecting rhizomous plants and putting them in pots. We invite you to join this fun group. You can drop in on any Friday starting July 31st (no Propagation Day on 9/4, Labor Day weekend).

Restoration Saturdays

Restoration Saturday for July is July 25th; for August is August 22nd; for September is Sept. 26th; all from 9 to noon. Come join other volunteers and be a part of the restoration at this site. We will meet at the Fitz WERC located at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd) at 9 a.m. Map. Please bring water and wear layered work clothes, sturdy shoes, and a sun hat. We will provide tools, gloves, and a snack. We will be out on the DFG Ecological Reserve maintaining the restoration sites that we have revegetated this year.
Watsonville Strawberry Festival!

Strawberry Festival PosterWWW will have a table at the Watsonville Strawberry Festival, Downtown Watsonville, Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by and see us! Read more at http://www.mbsf.com/. If you would like to volunteer, email Kathy Fieberling or call her at 345-1226.
 

Wetlands Garden at the County Fair

We will be creating a Wetlands Garden at the Santa Cruz County Fair, Sept. 15 - 20 at the Fairgrounds in Watsonville. To volunteer, email Kathy Fieberling or call her at 345-1226. Read more about the fair at http://santacruzcountyfair.com/.
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Monterey Bay Birding Festival

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If you are a birder, or just interested in birds, be sure to catch the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Sept. 24 - 27. For more information, follow this link: http://montereybaybirding.org/.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch advocates for wetland issues, educates elementary, middle, and high school students, restores degraded habitats, preserves what remains whole, and teaches appreciation for the unique beauty and life of the Pajaro Valley wetlands. In cooperation with numerous other agencies, we support studies of and planning for these sites.