News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Celebrate World Wetlands Day on Feb. 5
Come join the celebration! On Saturday, Feb. 5, volunteers will celebrate World Wetlands Day by gathering for a new restoration project on the City of Watsonville Wetland Trail that runs behind West Marine. The event is co-sponsored by Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville.
Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in the back of the West Marine business parking lot at 500 Westridge Drive, Watsonville and work until noon. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided. This is a great area for birding so there will be binoculars on hand and a guided walk to follow. Learn more.
In addition, on Feb. 2 our Wetland Stewards interns and education staff will celebrate World Wetlands Day with Pajaro Valley High School students by setting up a wetlands information booth on the quad during lunch time. Learn more about World Wetlands Day.
Wetlands Diorama in Production
A group of highly resourceful and dedicated volunteers are creating a professional-looking wetlands diorama for the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, headquarters for the Watch. What started out as a simple volunteer project to display wetland animal specimens in a glass display case has since evolved into the creation of an elaborate multi-level representation of life in the wetlands and education tool. This project, spearheaded by docent Cathy Gamble, along with Bill Best and Carol Bennett and a host of other volunteers, is titled “Web of Life in the Wetlands.” To learn more, click here.
Presentation: The Race to Save the California Condor from Extinction
By 1982, only 22 California condors remained in the world. Extinction seemed inevitable until a small group of scientists undertook a risky and controversial program to save our largest bird. On March 10, award winning environmental journalist John Moir will share this riveting saga of bringing the condor back from the brink, with rare photos from the recovery effort. In addition, he will explore the current challenges facing the condor program. Moir will also link the condor's plight to the wave of human-caused extinctions that are sweeping across Earth's ecosystems and discuss the urgency of new international efforts to save our planet's biodiversity. For directions and map, click here. To learn more, click here.
Watsonville Sloughs Seed Farm
This winter the Watch has begun a major effort to grow native grass and wildflower seeds. We've planted 12 different types of native bunch grasses and wildflowers that will grow to produce their seeds this coming summer. The project is an expansion of a very successful pilot project begun on High Ground Organics Farm several years ago, and is a partnership with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, and High Ground Organics Farm. We're excited to launch this large scale seed farm to support the restoration of many new acres of native coastal prairie throughout the Watsonville Sloughs over the years to come!
Would You Like to Support Our Work ... To protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands?
Help docents like Linda Youmans, shown above with elementary school children, reach more students with wetlands education by contributing 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.