News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
One Person Can Make a Difference
Making a difference is Laura Hofmeister's goal. Laura, who is a long-time Watch supporter and friend of the wetlands, initially supported the Watch by providing funds inherited from her mother to create our greenhouse. The greenhouse is dedicated in honor of her mother, Ruth Hofmeister, a teacher and librarian who passed her love of nature on to her eight children, in part by making them learn the names of plants, animals, and insects. “My mother was always sending us outside,” Laura said in a recent interview. “We would build dams, climb trees, do a lot of outdoor things.” Now she has made generous gifts to the Watch. Find out how Laura's gifts will make a difference.
New! Summer Camp — Wild Wetland Summer Adventures
Watsonville Wetlands Watch is excited to offer a jam-packed week of summer wetland adventures for youth age 8 to 12 out of the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Wild Wetland Adventures integrates hands-on outdoor environmental education with fun games and activities that will get kids excited and foster an appreciation for nature and their local environment. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.
Wildlife Turns Out for Wetlands Alive! Tour
Tour leader Bob Culbertson reported about a recent Wetlands Alive! Tour, “We saw Cliff Swallows, Great White Egrets, Pacific Tree Frogs, a Yellow Striped Garter Snake, a Coyote, Cormorants, Coots, several types of ducks, and a Great Blue Heron. A Caspian Tern dived right in front of our group and I saw the fish in his mouth as he came up. It was hard to get the group to head back to the Resource Center, except the kids who wanted to go back to hold the Gopher Snake. As we headed back, a Red-Tailed Hawk circled overhead, so we all stopped to watch. It was warm and clear — a beautiful day.” Read about upcoming tours.
Presentation: An Evening
in the World of Bats
Enjoy an evening discovering the biology of our local bat species! On Thursday, May 19, the Watch is hosting popular educator and biologist Bruce Elliott's in-depth look at bats. Learn how bats fly through dense vegetation, locate their prey and other sustenance, breed, and many other “Gee Whiz!” facts about their remarkable way of life. To learn more, click here.
Earth Day 2011 Celebrations
Every day is Earth Day, but this year Watsonville Wetlands Watch celebrated a little more than usual, with two special events! On Friday, June 15th, we hosted our third Earth Day event, at Pajaro Valley High School, for students and staff. Our Wetland Steward interns led a fun trivia game, displayed our wetland wildlife specimens, and shared information about the importance of wetland conservation. Second Harvest donated over 300 lbs. of fresh organic fruits and vegetables for the free farmer's market that we set up with help from the PVHS Garden Club. Read more.
Docents Have Wetlands Adventure
Intrepid docents Cathy Gamble and Priscilla Partridge visit lower Watsonville Slough and West Struve Slough once a month to perform water quality testing. Last month, they had an unexpected “encounter.” Read their tale.
Help us Provide Healthy Habitat for Wetlands Animals
Docents Cathy and Priscilla had a happy encounter with muskrats. You can help the Watsonville Wetlands Watch protect and restore the wetlands so that the muskrats and other native animals and plants living there can thrive. Contribute online by going to our website; or by sending 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.