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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
June 2010
Contents
Become a “Prosumer”
Scholarship Awarded
Wetlands Alive! Tours Continue
Project Tierra: Student Plant Monitoring
WWW Picnic, July 11th
New Sign Dedicated
Support Our Work
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List
Become a “Prosumer”

Representation of High Tension Transmission Towers
In this presentation on Thursday, June 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at The Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (the WERC), you'll learn to understand your PG&E bill and reduce your use of electricity and natural gas to save money and the environment. Smart Grid consultant Christine Hertzog will give a preview of the revolution in the electrical grid, how your relationship with electricity is going to change, and why becoming a “prosumer” is a good thing. For directions and map, click here. To learn more about the talk, Click here.
Scholarship Awarded

Wetland Stewards in Outdoor Group Photo
The Watch is proud to announce that Sandra Lobato is this year's recipient of the Wetland Steward Scholarship. This $500 scholarship was made possible through the generosity of Laura Hofmeister. Sandra will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall of 2010, majoring in environmental studies. We are sad to say goodbye to our current Wetland Stewards but excited for all the adventures they have ahead of them.

Shown above are, back row, left to right: Sandra Lobato, Jasmin Magana, and Andrea Hernandez; front row, left to right: Fernando Paniagua, Rudy Zavala, and Miguel Ruan.

Molly Underwood, Environmental Education Specialist, has welcomed the six new Wetland Stewards for the 2010 - 2011 school year. We had a competitive pool of over 30 applications and after an interview round found six fantastic new mentors. Keep your eyes on the e-letter in the fall for a group photo!
Wetlands Alive! Tours Available
Through September


Slough photo
 Bring your friends and family to this free, fun-filled event! Tours
 originate from the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (the
 WERC) on the grounds of Pajaro  Valley  High School. Guests
 will receive a fascinating view of the birds, plants, and wildlife of
 the wetlands; binoculars are provided. Tours are to 1 mile and
 last 1 - 2 hours, depending on group preference; wear long pants
 and walking shoes. All tours are free; reservations are required 48
 hours in advance: call the WERC at 831-728-1156, ext. 7, or send
 an e-mail to genie@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org. For more
 information,  including the tour schedule, click here.
 
Project Tierra: Student Plant Monitoring

Students doing integrated, outdoor classroom work in field
Three Pajaro Valley  High School classes, during Algebra I and Ecology units, learned to monitor the success of restoration planting and grazing management during April and May. As part of Project Tierra, the students counted plant populations on parts of the Dept. of Fish and Game property, then returned to the classroom to enter their data and analyze it. This is a win-win experience; students develop scientific skills and the community benefits from information to help us manage restoration projects most effectively. Click here for more photos.
 
WWW Picnic on July 11th

Cartoon of picnic
You and your family and friends are invited to join us for an old fashioned picnic/potluck on fabled Tarplant Hill. We're celebrating summer and doing a little birdwatching with our Watsonville Wetlands Watch friends. Bring a dish or drinks to share, picnic plates, cups, flatware, etc., and a blanket or beach chair to sit on. We will provide tables for the food buffet, spotting scopes, binoculars, and bird guides. Tarplant Hill is across the street from Landmark School, 235 Ohlone Parkway, in Watsonville. Park in the Landmark Elementary parking lot. Please RSVP to Kathy Fieberling at kathyfieb@yahoo.com or 831-345-1226. Map.
 
New Sign Dedicated

Group surrounding new sign
On Saturday, June 5th, enthusiastic supporters of Freedom Rotary and the Watch dedicated an interpretive sign on the Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) adjacent to the WERC at Pajaro Valley High School. The PVUSD Maintenance Department, students and teachers from PVHS, and the Watch have been working since 2004 to turn 80 acres of former agricultural fields back into native grasslands, wetlands, and forest. Students and volunteers have contributed over 3,000 volunteer hours. To see a close-up of the sign, click here.
 
Would You Like to Support Our Work ...

Volunteers man WWW booth at fair.
... to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands?  You can contribute online at 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.