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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
September 2010
Contents
Birds of the Sloughs
Last Wetlands Alive! Tours
New Face at the Watch
Tarplant Recovery
Bear Talk
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Coastal Clean-Up Day
Native Plant Sale
Help Protect Our Environment
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Birds of the Watsonville Sloughs

Photo of Violet Green SwallowThe public will learn about "Seasons and Cycles of Change" for birds typically seen around the wetlands on Thursday, Sept. 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., with local expert and wildlife biologist David Suddjian. David will explore the rich and varied birdlife of the Watsonville Sloughs, one of the most important habitat areas in the Monterey Bay region. Seating is full.  We hope to bring David back again in 2011.
Photo: Mike Yip. by permission of photographer. Source. Vancouver Island Birds. All rights reserved.
Last Wetlands Alive! Tours Coming Soon
Family Posing in Wetlands


The last two Wetlands Alive! Tours for 2010 will be Sat., Sept. 11th and Sunday, Sept., 26th, each at 10 a.m. Tours originate from the Fitz WERC at the top of the campus of Pajaro Valley High School. Guests receive a fascinating view of the birds, plants, and wildlife of the wetlands; binoculars provided. The walk is ½ 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 required by Friday noon before each tour: send an e-mail to genie@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org, or call the WERC at 831-728-1156, and leave a message. For more information, click here.
New Face at the Watch

Photo of Adrienne Frisbee in Kayak
"I love environmental education -- it's taking the classroom outdoors, an incredibly powerful activity," observed Adrienne Frisbee, our new Environmental Education Specialist. Adrienne will divide her time between Wetlands Stewards and Project Tierra. She had her first introduction to wetlands during her undergrad years at Loyola in New Orleans where she received a BS in biology. Then she moved on to the University of Florida where she received an MS in Science in 2007 with an emphasis on soil and water science. Most recently, she received a teaching credential in secondary education at San Jose State. Welcome, Adrienne! Learn more.
Tarplant Recovery on Road to Success

Santa Cruz Tarplant
The Santa Cruz Tarplant is an endangered species whose population the Watch is working to restore. Restoration staff recently surveyed the tarplant plants and flowers growing on Tarplant Hill on Ohlone Parkway. The number of growing plants this year is up to 639, from 189 last year. On those 639 plants, 8,946 flowers were counted. On average there are 32 seeds per flower, which makes for a likely 286,272 seeds produced this year. We appear to be well on the road to recovery, since in 2004, only eight plants were observed growing on the property!
Image © 2001 John Game. Copyright © 1995-2010 UC Regents. All rights reserved.
Now We Know the "Bear Facts"

Grizzly bear, Moscow Zoo
A packed house of 62 people heard Bruce Elliott's presentation on bears on August 26th. What to do if you encounter a bear? Raise your arms to look as big as possible, be quiet, and back away slowly. Bruce Elliott is a popular local educator and a retired Senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Department of Fish and Game and will be presenting future wildlife topics during our 2010 Lecture Series. For more bear facts, click here.

Photo: Public domain. Source.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Sept. 23 - 26


Barn SwallowJoin your friends, neighbors, and area birders for this annual event. The Pajaro Valley Arts Council will be offering two art workshops for the Festival, among other events: Photographing Wild Birds, Thursday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m. to noon, and Creative Art Journaling, Friday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome and you can sign up and get more information on the festival website or on our flyer.

Photo: JJ Cadiz, Cajay. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. Source.

Coastal Clean-Up Day

Coastal Cleanup Day PosterCome out on Saturday, Sept. 25th from 9 a.m. to noon to help clean up our local coast. The event is sponsored by Save Our Shores. Contact Kathy Fieberling at 345-1226 or kathyfieb@yahoo.com to volunteer. Click here for more information.

Need Some Native Plants?

California Wild Rose
California rose flower (Rosa californica)
WWW will have our Second Annual Plant Sale Saturday, October 2nd, from 9 a.m. to noon. Featured plants will be
Coastal Buckwheat, Bee plant, CA Aster, CA Rose, Evening Primrose, CA Buckeye, Yarrow, and Douglas Iris, among others. All proceeds benefit Watch programs. Flyer.

Would You Like to See More Citizens Protecting our Environment?

Volunteers doing restoration work
You can support our work to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands.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.