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, email@example.com by Friday noon before the tour to reserve a place. For more information, click here.
Salt Marsh Habitat Restoration
Iceplant removal at Pajaro Dunes
For the past year, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch has been working with the Pajaro Dunes Homeowner’s Association and the Friends of Pajaro Dunes to continue salt marsh habitat restoration efforts along the “Last Mile” of Watsonville Slough. Working with homeowners, volunteers, and the Pajaro Dunes staff, we’ve removed tons (literally) of iceplant from the salt marshes and have replaced it with a diversity of native plants that are beginning to grow throughout the site. This project is a great example of a restoration success on private lands in the slough system. We’re also working on native habitat landscaping to improve the landscape areas that surround the marshes and are integrating low-water-use native landscaping throughout the housing and common areas.
Volunteer Week April 6–13
New docents — Members of the 2014 Docent Class
There is no more dedicated group of people than the volunteers who give their time and passion to Watsonville Wetlands Watch. We celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 6–13, with a warm welcome to the 18 members of our 2014 Docent Class as they join our team of wonderful docents. We thank our docents and other volunteers who help in countless ways and whose work supports our website, outreach, field trips, restoration, Wetlands Alive tours, Wetland Stewards, Project Tierra bird surveys and water monitoring, our Prolific Propagators, our Native Plant Garden, our Plant Display teams, and all who give their energy to our many special projects and events. We are grateful to the members of our Development Advisory Committee, our Board Advisory Committee, and to our dedicated Board of Directors.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch has achieved a great deal since our founding in 1992. We continue to grow and thrive thanks to our financial supporters and those who give the invaluable gift of their time to The Watch. Thank you for all the ways you keep us strong in our mission to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of our precious wetlands.
Earth Day at the Pajaro River Park
On Saturday, April 26, join in the effort to restore native habitat and support the clean-up effort in the Pajaro River for Earth Day, 2014! Volunteers will meet at the Pajaro River Park, on Clearwater Lane behind the City of Watsonville’s Water Recycling Center, for our project to remove cape ivy throughout the river’s riparian habitat. The Pajaro River was named by American Rivers as the #1 most endangered river in 2006. Join us for a fun and family friendly event to help restore this local treasure, from 9 a.m. until noon. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack.
Visit Us at the Watsonville Earth Day/
Day of theChild Festival
On Sunday, April 27, The City of Watsonville is hosting the popular 12th Annual Watsonville Earth Day/Day of the Child Festival, from 12–4 p.m. at Ramsay Park, 1301 Main Street. As usual, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch will have a table where we will be leading various games and activities and giving away native plants as prizes. Join us there for a fun family day!
Presentation: Irrigation Efficiency, Greywater, and Rainwater
in the Landscape
On Tuesday, May 13, water management consultant Michael Johnson will talk about how to use less water outdoors while maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape. Topics will include irrigation system maintenance and management, irrigation controller scheduling, climate-appropriate plant selection, sprinkler to drip conversion, laundry-to-landscape irrigation, and rainwater harvesting.
Michael Johnson is the owner of California H2orticulture Services, the leading horticultural and water management consultancy for the Central Coast. CHS manages the City of Watsonville Landscape Water Conservation Program and the Santa Clara Valley Water District Agricultural Mobile Irrigation Lab Program and works with many private clients in landscaping and agriculture to help increase irrigation efficiency and reduce water waste. Michael is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and the instructor of the Irrigation Design and Management course at Cabrillo College.
This talk is being presented by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville as part of their Landscape Water Conservation Program. It is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Admission is free but you must reserve a seat online by clicking here or by contacting Kathy Fieberling at 831-345-1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Thoughts on Earth Day…
Earth Day, first celebrated on April 22, 1970, was founded by former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, whose activism galvanized Congress into making environmentalism a part of the national political agenda. The public pressure he brought to Washington, DC led to important environmental legislation and helped spawn the modern environmental movement.
Senator Nelson believed strongly that education is the key to changing people’s attitudes about the environment. Watsonville Wetlands Watch shares this belief and is committed to vital education programs like Wetland Stewards and the tours and lectures that deepen our community’s understanding and appreciation of the wetlands.
Will you commemorate Earth Day with a gift to The Watch? Your donation of any size ensures that the legacy of Earth Day will be carried forward by the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. Your support makes a difference; on Earth Day and every day. Click here.
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.