Bottom left to right: Kathy, Linda, Joyce, and Evelyn. PVHS art students Mercedes, Sergio, and Katiana
On Sunday, November 4th, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch celebrated the completion of a new wetlands mural on the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center building on the Pajaro Valley High School campus. In March we received a $1000 grant from the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County to partner with the Aromas Hills Artisans and Pajaro Valley High School art students to create the mural.
Beginning in June, Kathy Stutz-Taylor, Linda Bjornson, Joyce Oroz, and Evelyn Pogrowski of the Aromas Hills Artisans began mentoring three high school students — Mercedes, Sergio, and Katiana — who were recommended by their art teachers. The students learned many elements of mural development, including establishing a theme, designing mural components, and the actual painting. The artists met once a week through the summer and early fall.
For Linda Bjornson of the Aromas Hills Artisans ď... it was a pleasure to help set the wetlands center (WERC) apart visually from other classrooms at the high school. Wetlands Watch is doing such an excellent job of integrating students into their programs of education and restoration of wetland areas; we were very happy to support this wonderful program for our local youth.Ē Read more.
Bill’s Bench Is Dedicated
Bill Best — Friend of the Wetlands
Veteran docent Bill Best is one of the heroes of the Watsonville Wetlands Watch. He works with kids during field trips and weekend ďEl MercadoĒ Open Houses. He is popular with the kids, who specifically ask to be in his group. Bill was a key contributor to our impressive Wetlands Web of Life Display and he has written thoughtful articles for this newsletter. Bill also helps maintain the native plant display and has worked on dozens of other projects. Whenever we need help, Bill is one of the first people we call. Amazingly, these contributions have been made during Billís long struggle with cancer. Billís inspiring courage, dedication, and wonderful attitude illustrate just what a special person he is.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Goes Green!
Board President Kris Beall, left, and Education Director NoŽlle Antolin
On October 16, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors honored Watsonville Wetlands Watch and several local businesses during a Green Business Program certification recognition ceremony. We are now officially a certified “Green Business”! (We remain a non-profit.)
As a “Green Business” we are now part of a statewide network of organizations each of which has been certified for adhering to operational practices that minimize adverse environmental impacts. Read more.
Presentation: Marine Mammal Rescue
On Thursday, January 10, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting the Marine Mammal Center’s Field Manager Sue Andrews who will talk about the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, ill, or abandoned marine mammals. Sue will give us an overview of central coast marine mammals and a detailed look at the species they rescue. Specimens will be available to handle.
In 2012, trained docent volunteers facilitated nature experiences for over a thousand young people. Docents also helped with special events, native plants garden and greenhouse work, creative projects, and more.
You too can become a member of our top-notch Docent Team by attending the 2013 Docent Training Program, starting on January 23. 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. For additional information or to enroll, contact Kathy Fieberling at email@example.com or 831-345-1226. Click to learn more.
Recalling our Festive
20th Anniversary Party
Congressman Sam Farr with Wetland Stewards. Stewards also addressed the attendees. This and
photos below courtesy of Efren B. Adalem and Denise Murphy of Ooh! Look! Photography
Congressman Sam Farr talks to crowd and presents WWW with certificate of recognition.
Board President Kris Beall presented Rebecca Mastoris with our 20th anniversary event raffle prize — a beautiful kite photo shot by local photographer Efren B. Adalem.
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.