Volunteers work with Wetlands Watch Restoration Specialist Mary Paul to remove invasive plants along the Watsonville Slough trail
Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville partnered to host the 4th annual National Trails Day celebration along the Watsonville Slough Trail. Over 30 trail and wetland enthusiasts joined in to help restore native habitat and pick up litter along the trail, which is bound by Ford Street and Ohlone Parkway. Families, neighbors, and friends gathered together to improve this recently restored section of Watsonville Slough, where the temporary residence of the Common Cuckoo in October of 2012 caused national excitement about Watsonville’s wetlands and trails. The day also commemorated the first year of the Watsonville trails’ Adopt-A-Trail program, a successful new community initiative to engage local businesses, organizations, and volunteers in stewardship of our amazing trail network.
Demonstration Garden Blossoms
Garden area in 2006
In 2006 a group of volunteers and staff cleared and mulched an area on the side of the Wetlands Educational Resource Center adjacent to the greenhouse for the purpose of planting a Wetlands Native Plant Demonstration Garden. Over the years the garden developed in fits and starts until 2012, when a core group of volunteers including Lorrie Rubio (who worked on the garden from the beginning), Judy Verbeck, Jeanne Greatorex, and Sheila Husser made a concentrated and organized effort to bring the garden to its fullest potential. Today, thanks to the “Garden Gurus” team of dedicated volunteers, the garden is teeming with over 30 varieties of native plants, many of which are blooming this month, including Douglas Iris, Seep Monkey Flower, Wild Rose, Soaproot, and Denseflower Spike Primrose.
Besides adding beauty to our Center, the Native Plant Garden is an important tool for our Education programs. It also provides propagation seeds and plant material for our restoration projects, and during plant sales like our upcoming Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale on Oct. 3, the garden allows visitors to see how that plant-in-a-pot will look when it has matured in a garden setting. Lorrie Rubio says it is “inspiring to see how beautiful the natives can be.” Judy Verbeck adds, “Working in the garden allows you to really learn about native plants over time.” Jeanne Greatorex is fascinated by the different conditions that can be found within one garden plot, and how the natives react. The next time you visit the Wetlands Center, be sure to check out our beautiful, informative, and useful Native Plant Demonstration Garden. We extend a heartfelt thanks to the Garden Gurus!
Special Outdoor Evening Speaker Series Event
What the Robin Knows—How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World
On Tuesday, July 14, join fascinating author and naturalist Jon Young as he tunes our ears, eyes, and minds into the nearly lost art of bird communication. Ever wonder what our feathered friends are squawking about? Jon reveals how to easily decode their messages and why this is an essential survival skill. Many report that training themselves in this ancient discipline gives them an edge in their modern lives, including their perception of complex human interactions, heightened creativity and understanding of entire ecological systems.
This talk, hosted by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the outdoor classroom, overlooking the beautiful wetlands, behind the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (Map/directions). Please dress for evening temperatures. Click for map/directions. Admission is free but you must reserve a seat online by clicking here. For more information, contact Kathy Fieberling at 831-345-1226 or email@example.com.
with Local Birding Experts
Shorebirds: Whimbrel (left) and Godwit. Efren Adalem
On Saturday, Aug. 29, join local birding experts Bernadette and Bob Ramer as they take you on a walk exploring the shorebirds on the last mile of Watsonville Slough at Pajaro Dunes. This will be the start of fall migration and we will expect to see many species of waterbirds, both migrant and resident.
This tour, hosted by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, is from 8 to 11 a.m. Expect to walk about 2 miles on flat ground. Meet at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus, to carpool to the walk site. Click for map/directions. The tour is free, but you must register by clicking here. For more information, contact Kathy Fieberling, 831-345 1226, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth Saturday Community Restoration Day
Volunteers make a difference by helping to restore our wetlands
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 July 25. 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.
For you: New WWW Annual Report
Celeste Espino, a former Wetland Steward and a graduate of the Wetlands Watch Green Careers Program, is now a student at CSU Monterey Bay.
Coming to you in our summertime mailing; Watsonville Wetlands Watch's new Annual Report! We are proud to be able to highlight some of our accomplishments in 2014 and 2015, achievements made possible through your generous contributions of time and financial support. There is much to be proud of! The report includes an overview of WWW finances, a profile of a long-time docent, and more. We hope you'll also enjoy catching up with Celeste Espino, a former Wetland Steward who shares fond reflections of the Watch and how our programs impacted her decisions for the future. Your summertime contribution will keep WWW programs going strong! My Summer Gift.
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.