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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
March 2010
Contents
Burrowing Owl
Intro to Birding Class
Community Musical Planting Event
Wetlands Alive!...Tours Start Up
Water Supply Issues
“Caring for Wetlands—An Answer to Climate Change”
World Wetlands Day at PV High
Second Graders Help, Too!.
You Can Help
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List
Burrowing Owl at the WERC

Burrowing Owl
A burrowing owl has found its home on the Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area that surrounds the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (WERC). The lone owl was first spotted in November 2009 in a patch of purple needle grass and has very recently been seen using the ground squirrel holes only meters away from the WERC outdoor classroom. The burrowing owl is a California Species of Special Concern. Its numbers have been in decline presumably due to urban development, ground squirrel control efforts, and intensive agriculture practices. We are happy to see that our protected wetland areas are a safe haven to this ground-dwelling bird and hope it manages to find a mate!
Birding Basics Class 2nd Session
 
One session of this class began in January and another series begins on March 23rd. The class, with local expert Nanci Adams, is an introduction to many of the amazing birds here in our own community. Using digital slides, bird song recordings, and outdoor field trips, students learn the basics of birding in a supportive environment. For more information, click here.
Community Musical Planting Event
 
Cartoon of young adult playing guitarA community musical planting event with a live bluegrass band and food will be held on Saturday, March 27th, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Everyone is invited to attend. Meet at the WERC (map) at 9 a.m. to carpool to the site or meet at Tarplant Hill at 9:30. We will be restoring a wet meadow on Tarplant Hill by planting native plants adjacent to Struve Slough.

For more details, click to email Mary or phone 831-566-4938.
Wetlands Alive! Tours Start Up
 
Students with binoculars overlooking 
wetlandsTour season is almost here! Wetlands Alive! Tours begin for the season on Saturday, April 10th, at 10 a.m. Bring your friends and join us on a fun, family-oriented tour of the wetlands and our Educational Resource Center (map/directions). Tours are free, but please call 728-1156, ext. 7, by Friday noon before the tour to reserve a place. For more information, click here.
Water Supply Issues
 
Bob CulbertsonBob Culbertson, WWW President, and Dobie Jenkins, board member, are active members of the Action Pajaro Valley Water Supply Subcommittee. This group is actively monitoring issues related to our water supply and the current overdraft and water shortage. Bob says, "We need people involved with water supply issues to be collaborating more with people addressing flooding issues; solving the flooding problem could help the water shortage problem." Click here to learn more.
“Caring for Wetlands —
 An Answer to Climate Change”

 
White Pelicans in slough
This was the theme of this year's World Wetlands Day (WWD). Michelle Templeton, Wetlands Program Coordinator, City Of Watsonville, said that "Our International World Wetlands Day event on Saturday, February 6th, was very successful, thanks to the efforts of City staff and WWW staff and docents. WWW Restoration Director Jonathan Pilch set up a restoration project with something for all ages. He and WWW Trails Restoration Specialist John Moreno introduced participants to the activity and expertly guided them through the development of a community-built demonstration restoration area. This is an area people can come back to over the years and easily watch their wetlands grow. Click here for more information.
World Wetlands Day at PV High
 
"I heart Wetlands"Celebrating WWD on the Pajaro Valley High campus, over 65 students pledged to help protect the wetlands in 2010. High school students will make a difference this year by volunteering on Restoration Saturdays, Coastal Clean Up Day, applying to the Wetland Stewards After School Program, refilling water bottles to avoid the use of plastic, recycling, and conserving water at home. More about World Wetlands Day.
Second Graders Help, Too!

Docent Joan Rose and Young Student Shown 
Replanting
On Feb. 11th, the entire second grade at Landmark Elementary School helped with planting on Tarplant Hill. Here is docent Joan Rose helping a student; Debi Chirco-McDonald, Cathy Gamble, and Nancy Scarborough also assisted. More photos....
 
Would You Like to Support Our Work ...
to protect, restore, and foster appreciation
of the wetlands?

 
Students and teacher working by slough
You can contribute online by going to our website; or send a donation in the mail to WWW, P.O. Box 1239, Freedom, CA 95019. Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS rules for non-profit organizations and are greatly appreciated.
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.