Double Your Donation! Watch Selected by Good Times Community Fund!
The Good Times, in collaboration with the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, has featured Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) in their Thanksgiving Community Fund issue. We are being recognized for our programs that make a significant impact on local youth. The goal is to raise awareness and support for our important programs during the holiday giving season. This year WWW (along with the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County’s Mariposa Arts program, Youth Resources Bank for Summer Youth Employment program, and Life Lab's “Food What?” program) is honored to be one of the Good Times’ Community Fund recipients. In addition to the article in the Thanksgiving edition, the Good Times is publishing ads encouraging readers to donate each week until early January. Donations to WWW are eligible for matching funds from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. To qualify for the match, donations must be received from Nov. 23 to Jan. 13 inclusive, and all donations must go through the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. Please help us take advantage of the matching funds by generously supporting our programs! Click here to give. Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS rules for non-profit organizations.
Coastal Prairie Restoration at Pajaro Valley High School
The grasslands adjacent to Pajaro Valley High School, called the ESHAs (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas), are the site of a Watsonville Wetlands Watch’s coastal prairie seeding project. This project will broadcast the seeds of local grasses and wildflowers onto prepared areas in the grasslands. Over time the Watch will be able to measure the success of various management strategies by seeing how different species thrive in different soil types. By increasing the presence of these core native plants, we hope to be able to begin the establishment of a healthy, diverse grassland ecosystem that is home to a wide range of plant and animal species. Read more.
The comprehensive “Birds of the Watsonville Wetlands” checklist was created in 2010 by local birding expert Nanci Adams and the Watch's Educational Programs Director Noëlle Antolin. The checklist has proven to be an invaluable tool for birders and educators. Recently, Watsonville Wetlands Watch volunteer webmaster Steve Zaslaw has brought the checklist to life on the Watch’s website by publishing photographs and links to information about each bird. According to Nanci Adams, “Steve went to a tremendous amount of work to get all of the photos together, and we're very fortunate to have someone so dedicated. It’s an excellent reference tool for anyone interested in our wetlands birds.” Be sure to spend some time browsing through these beautiful birds of the wetlands. Click here. Thank you, Steve!
Special Event — Burrowing Owl Project
José Reynaldo da Fonseca
Each year the 5th grade class at Mt. Madonna School chooses to work on an environmental project that addresses a local concern. In past years the students’ projects have had amazing results, including winning national awards for their projects and creating world-wide events. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, the students will present the results of this year’s project and show their DVD. Please come to learn about the Burrowing Owl and what these inspirational students have done to contribute to the owls’ survival. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Map/directions. You must reserve a seat — email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-345-1226. View a video clip about class's day in the wetlands.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch 2012 Docent Training Program Starts Soon
Watsonville Wetlands Watch docent volunteers are critical to the success of our education programs. You can become a member of our top-notch Docent Team by attending the 2012 Docent Training Program, starting on January 25. Docent Training is fun and interesting, with local experts providing an inside look at the wetlands of Watsonville, including the ecology, history and restoration of the wetlands. This 7-week program includes Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips. While it is not a requirement, we would love to add some bilingual docents to our team. Learn more.
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.