ROP Green Careers Class Links Students to Meaningful Internships
(L-R): Celeste Espino, Tamara Doan (CA Coastal Commission), Jasmine Gonzalez, and Rocio Sanchez
The new year has brought many new opportunities for our ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Green Careers students. Since the focus of the class is on job preparedness and skill building, we are having a great time partnering with local groups to provide amazing internships for our students. Three of our students, Celeste Espino, Rocio Sanchez and Jasmine Gonzalez, have been paired with Tamara Doan, Water Quality Analyst with California Coastal Commission, to help coordinate a community-wide education campaign to prevent storm water runoff in Watsonville. They assisted in the recent Monterey Bay Conference for Water Quality that took place at the Watsonville Civic Plaza on February 5th. With Tamara’s guidance they prepared outreach materials for the public, recruited student groups to present posters, and helped set up for the day’s events. After the event Jasmine said she was moved to see how the various groups present have such a positive impact and contribute to the community that she lives in. Click to read entire article.
and Landscape Design;
an Ecological Approach
On Thursday, March 20th, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting local horticulture expert Rich Merrill, who will take us on visual tour of his own beautiful and fascinating backyard in Scotts Valley. He'll describe the plants and microhabitats, including the “hardscape” microhabitats in water elements, rocks/boulders, mulch, etc., best suited for attracting and nurturing beneficial insects and other useful garden creatures.
Backyard habitats—created with both native and "exotic" plants—are delightful spots where you and your family can enjoy attractive plants, birds, beneficial insects, native bees, butterflies and other animals. Since many vegetables and herbs can also attract and feed beneficial wildlife, habitat gardens can also serve as a source of food for the family. And not least, they conserve water and support biodiversity—both essential to everyone's long-term well-being.
Wetlands Watch Board of Directors members Athena Barrios, Debbie Diersch, Kris Beall, and Dobie Jenkins with the City of Watsonville’s Proclamation
World Wetlands Day is an international event to recognize the value of the wetlands. This year several events were held to celebrate and improve our local sloughs. On the last Wednesday of January, the City of Watsonville Council gave Watsonville Wetlands Watch a Proclamation recognizing over 20 years of work to bring attention to and improve the Watsonville Sloughs. They also officially named February 2nd World Wetlands Day in the City of Watsonville. The following Saturday, we hosted the 6th annual World Wetlands Day Restoration Project in partnership with the City, where over 50 community members came out to help with this annual planting event along Struve Slough off Ohlone Parkway. This year’s restoration project is part of our three year effort, funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board, to restore a mile of native riparian habitat along three sloughs. Click here to read entire article.
The City of Watsonville in partnership with Watsonville Wetlands Watch has developed an Adopt-A-Trail Program where volunteers can assist with maintaining, enhancing and monitoring the City of Watsonville’s over 6 miles of public access trails and trail heads. Volunteers, such as individuals, families, businesses, community and service organizations, churches, schools and scout troops, are invited to adopt trail sections.
We launched the program on Feb 1, 2014 in honor of World Wetlands Day, and are accepting applications through March 31, 2014. Our first volunteer training workshop will be on April 12, 2014. For more information, click here.
Vote for Us!
The Santa Cruz Community Credit Union has annually been giving approximately $2,000 to each of two local nonprofits. In past years we have received two of these awards. If you are member of the Credit Union, in March you will receive their newsletter containing a list of nominated nonprofits, including the Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW), and an invitation to vote for your favorite. Please respond by sending in your vote for WWW so that we can receive $2k for our programs for youth and the environment. Thank you!
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board Welcomes New Directors
Watsonville Wetlands Watch is pleased to welcome Angelica Gonzalez and Jerry Thomas to our Board of Directors. The new appointments bring to ten the number of Directors guiding the operations of our organization, which has been restoring, protecting, and educating the community about our local wetlands and watershed since 1992. Click here to read entire article.
Celebrate Earth Day
with Wetlands Alive! Tour
We kick off our 2014 Wetlands Alive! Tour season on Saturday, April 12, just in time for Earth Day. Bring your friends and join us on a fun, family-oriented tour of the wetlands and our Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). Additional tour dates are on Saturdays, April 26, May 10, and May 24, starting at 10 a.m. Tours are free, but please call or email Kathy Fieberling, 831-345-1226, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday noon before the tour to reserve a place. For more information, click here.
4th Saturday Restoration Day
We invite you to help restore wetland habitat by planting native plants and removing exotic invasive plants as part of our monthly community work day on March 22. We will work from 9 a.m. until noon, and we always make time for birding or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at our Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at email@example.com or 831-566-4938.
Support Our Work
You can help us inspire young people to become future stewards of the wetlands. 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.