Pajaro Valley community members from kids to seniors joined Watsonville Wetlands Watch board, staff, volunteers, and partner organizations for a beautiful sunny-day 20th Anniversary party on Saturday, October 13, at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. A delicious catered lunch was enjoyed by the celebrants.
Speakers included our Board President, Kris Beall, who spoke of our history and mission who and introduced Congressman Sam Farr. Congressman Farr told of growing-up with outdoor field experiences in the Monterey Bay area. His talk was followed by inspiring statements from our High School Wetlands Stewards interns. Popular folk singing duo Alisa Fineman and Kimball Hurd performed local folk music, followed by Native Dancers AMAH-KA-TURA.
A wetlands art exhibition was featured in the Center, along with classroom and laboratory activities for kids that included a hands-on experience with a very popular albino boa snake! Later, tours of the wetlands were led by restoration staff.
According to participants the event was festive, entertaining, and enlightening. We thank those who attended!
Presentation by Author Jon Young: What the Robin Knows
On Wednesday, Nov. 14, birder, tracker, and naturalist Jon Young will tell us what he has learned through close observation of birds. In his new book "What the Robin Knows — How Birds Reveal the Secrets of Nature," Jon wrote that "Deep bird language is an ancient discipline, perfected by native peoples the world over. Finally, science is catching up…” He will share a doorway into the secret language of nature in this captivating presentation.
Workers from a local day labor center aid Wetlands Watch staff in cleaning yarrow and other wildflower seed on our native seed farm
As the Summer months are busy with seed collection activities from more than 20-native grass and wildflower species cultivated on Watsonville Slough Farms, the Fall brings the end of the harvest season on our native seed farm. Once the harvest is complete, processing, cleaning and weighing of our seed begins.
This year we cultivated 65 lbs. of these native seeds for sowing on local grassland areas including the Watsonville Slough Farms, the lands surrounding Pajaro Valley High, and the Pajaro River Bench Excavation Project.
Saturday October 27 — Make a Difference for the Pajaro River
Our volunteer project for the month of October coincides with Make-A-Difference Day, a nation-wide volunteer day on Saturday, October 27. Join Watsonville Wetlands Watch as we restore the habitats along the Pajaro River in partnership with the City of Watsonville. The City has recently opened a wonderful new public park along the Pajaro River with picnic benches and a kayak launch area. We will remove Cape Ivy, a very invasive plant that grows throughout the park altering and limiting the habitats for birds, frogs, and turtles in this riparian zone.
Restoration volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to noon — with a bird walk following. Meet at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Map/Directions. Please join us!
Daniel Cassella Joins Restoration Staff
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Docent Class of 2010 graduate Daniel Cassella has recently joined the WWW team as a member of staff. Daniel comes to WWW with a diverse background in native habitat restoration, green construction, and organic agriculture. Daniel will be working on our habitat restoration projects including our native seed farm and other restoration projects with local farmers to improve native habitats and water quality on farmland in the slough system. We are very excited to have Daniel join our staff!
Successful Coastal Cleanup Removes Eight Tons of Trash
More than 3,500 Volunteers removed over eight tons of junk from Monterey Bay Sanctuary beaches and inland waterways on Saturday, September 15th, California Coastal Cleanup Day.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch hosted a collection site at Pajaro Valley High School with Save our Shores and our new sponsor, REI. Wetlands Watch docents and volunteers joined with Pajaro Valley High School teachers and students to collect a small mountain of trash and debris found throughout the West Branch of Struve Slough, Harkins and Hanson Slough areas.
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José Alanís with photo of himself in grade school
“The Wetland Stewards Program completely changed my life. My love for the environment sprouted from those weeks in 7th grade working at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center and using bird whistles at the DFG. I am now attending UC Berkeley, intent on majoring in Environmental Science. I do not know what I would have been doing if I had not signed up for the program on that fateful day a couple of years ago. Due to the program I became more confident in myself and learned an immeasurable amount about the environment; I am no longer that shy person that walked into Pajaro Valley High four years ago, but a stronger person who wants to make a change.”
— José Alanís
This year, grants and donations have enabled us to increase the number of Wetland Stewards from six to nine. You can support them and all our education programs with a donation of any size! Contribute online by going to our website or send a donation 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.