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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
July 2010
Contents
WWW Picnic on July 11th
Committee Seeks Members
Wetland Stewards
Wetlands Education for 1,500
Expert Explains the Grid
Students Restore Slough
Partnerships Enhance Water Quality Monitoring
Kayaking for Kids
Wetlands Alive! Tours
More Citizens Protecting our Environment
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WWW Picnic on July 11th

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Picnickers
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 Business Outreach Committee Seeks Members

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WWW announces the formation of the Business Outreach Committee (BOC) to focus on the business community for support and funding for Watch programs. Says Debbie Diersch, Chair, "We want to expand and enrich Watch programs by obtaining sustainable funding sources. This spring we had 30 students from PVHS apply for the Wetlands Stewards Program, but we can only fund six applicants. With more funding we could accept a greater number. This program not only teaches students about the wetlands, but prepares them for advanced studies in environmental and other sciences."

If you are interested in participating in this exciting endeavor, contact Debbie at diersch@sbcglobal.net. For additional BOC volunteer needs, click here.
Wetland Stewards Have Fun, Learn,
and Teach


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This year Noelle Antolin, Education Director, and Molly Underwood, Environmental Education Specialist, worked with six high school mentors and eight school groups from Lakeview Middle School, Cesar Chavez MS, Rolling Hills Middle School, EA Hall Middle School, Mintie White Elementary, and Alianza Charter School. To date we have provided after-school wetland programming to 160 students. We served most groups eight times during the semester, for a total of 1,280 student contacts. Each group has come out to the wetlands two to four times; the rest of the program days were held at the schools.

Wetlands Education for 1,500

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The 2009/2010 school year has come to a close and the staff are all taking a breath before gearing up for 2010/2011. This year staff has had the pleasure of introducing 1,500 PVUSD students to the wetlands of Watsonville through our various programs. Many students have had the opportunity to come out on more than one occasion. Students came from PVHS chemistry, integrated science, health, and algebra classes, and also from elementary and middle schools.
Expert Explains the Grid

Christine Hertzog
On June 17th, energy expert Christine Hertzog led our lecture audience through an explanation of the complicated network that supplies our electricity and how we can be "prosumers," Alvin Toffler's term for "protective consumers." Some tips were: install a water heater blanket; turn off your power strips at night; put energy film inside your windows; reduce your use of plastics. Attendee Bill Best suggested a campaign to put signs in home windows, "Energy-Conserving Household," to encourage the public to conserve. Sounds like a winning idea! To learn more, visit Christine's website, http://www.smartgridlibrary.com/.
Students Restore West Struve Slough

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In June PVHS students kept up their restoration activities through Monterey Bay Aquarium's summer program, Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitat (also called WATCH). The students worked with restoration staff to remove poison hemlock growing among native plants on West Struve Slough. The project is designed to improve habitat and water quality on the Watsonville Sloughs Ecological Reserve.
Partnerships Enhance Water Quality Monitoring

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In April, we partnered with the Coastal Watershed Council to prepare for Snap Shot Day, and CWC helped to facilitate the event on May 1st.  Eleven of our docents volunteered that day and have now adopted wetland sites that they will monitor on a monthly basis. With our diverse partnerships, the Watch embodies the slogan, "Together Each Achieves More."
Kayaking for Kids

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Genevieve Goldstein, a PVHS teacher, secured a grant which allowed Andy Hsia-Coron's chemistry students to take a kayaking trip on the Watsonville Sloughs at the end of April. WWW acquired permission from adjacent land owners and our staff and docents provided the interpretation for students. It was the experience of a lifetime for many of the teens! Both teachers are Watch supporters.
Bring Your Friends on a
Wetlands Alive!
Tour


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Available through September, tours originate from the Fitz WERC on the grounds of Pajaro Valley High School. Guests receive a fascinating view of the birds, plants, and wildlife of the wetlands; binoculars provided. Tours are to 1 mile and last 1 to 2 hours, depending on group preference. Walk is on uneven ground; wear layers, long pants, and walking shoes. Tours are free; reservations are required by Friday noon: send an e-mail to genie@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or call the WERC at 831-728-1156, ext. 7. For more information, including the tour schedule, click here.
Would You Like to See More Citizens Protecting our Environment?

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You can support our work to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands. Contribute online by going to our website, www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org; 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.