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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
October 2010

Contents
Native Plant Sale
Last Mile Restoration
Wetland Stewards Kayak the Sloughs
Birds of the Watsonville Sloughs
Would You Like to Help Protect our Environment?
Quick Links
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Need Some Native Plants?

California Rose with rose hips and flower WWW will have our Second Annual Plant Sale Saturday, October 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fitz WERC. (Time was incorrect in last month's newsletter.)  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. Click for flyer with details and directions.

Last Mile Restoration


Volunteers work sloughside doing restoration

The Watch recently began Phase IV of the restoration and enhancement of salt marsh and dune habitats on the southern-most section of the Watsonville Slough, the "Last Mile of Watsonville Slough," to be completed in December, 2011. Restoration staff took an ecology class from Gavilan College to the site for a field trip and they helped remove iceplant from among the native plants and prepare the site for bulldozers to do the heavy lifting. Read more.
Wetland Stewards Kayak the Sloughs

Photo of Wetlands Stewards on Slough in kayaks

"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.
Birds of the Watsonville Sloughs

David Suddjian addesses audience at the WERC
On September 9th, a full house had the pleasure of hearing David Suddjian, renowned local bird expert, talk about the species of birds populating our local sloughs. Suddjian talked about the importance of the sloughs as a "refueling site" for many species of migratory birds and how many species need the exposed mud of the sloughs as feeding grounds. In the 90's, he said, many parts of this area were grasslands with little water or mud, so there were few shorebirds, compared to now, with significant restoration in progress. Our new Watsonville Wetlands Bird Checklist was also released that night. It is now available for download on our website: Click here. The Watch's popular free lecture series, with speakers like David Suddjian, will resume in 2011.
Would You Like to Help Protect 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.