Saturday Restoration Days are a chance to work together and help bring back wildlife habitat in the Watsonville wetlands. Our group gets together every fourth Saturday of the month, but please consult the events calendar because this sometimes changes due to holidays.
Join us at 9 a.m. at the Fitz WERC (directions below). We’ll work until noon with some time for bird watching or a walk or hike to an interesting wetland location. We recommend that you wear sturdy shoes, layered clothes, a hat, and bring a water bottle. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack.
No experience is necessary for any events, just a desire to help restore wildlife habitat to these amazing wetlands. People of all ages are encouraged, and community service credit is available!
Our typical activity changes with the seasons. In the fall months we are most often collecting native seed for propagation, or preparing the ground for the winter. In the winter months we are most often planting at various locations throughout the sloughs. Spring and Summer volunteer days are spent caring for native plants and undertaking a variety of interesting projects on the restoration sites.
Throughout the year we work in some of the most amazing parts of the approximately 800 acres of wetlands surrounding Watsonville and experience firsthand what makes these wetlands unique and so worthy of our hard work.
Join us! Feel free to call with questions. 831-728-4106
The Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center is located at the top of Pajaro Valley High School Campus (500 Harkins Slough Rd.) in Watsonville. Map and Directions.
“Recently, explained docent Joan Rose, I visited fellow WWW docent Cathy Gamble, whose garden has a sign proclaiming it is a ‘Certified Wildlife Habitat.’ As we walked through her low-maintenance, low-water landscape filled with bird life, Cathy explained the certification requirements, and I realized my garden has everything needed. Last week, I applied for certification.”
Your garden must provide basic habitat elements for wildlife. Your property must provide:
In addition, you must meet sustainable gardening practices, such as water conservation; growth of native vegetation; building healthy soil through composting and other methods; and eliminating chemical use in your landscape.