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Saturday, July 16: Pajaro River Tour with Ohlone Guide

Patrick OrozcoOn Saturday, July 16, Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council chairman Patrick Orozco will lead a special tour along the Pajaro River. He will tell stories, sing, and share his experiences and knowledge about local native culture and history. Patrick, descendent of native Californians, has been researching and teaching about native culture for over 20 years. He delights and inspires students by visiting schools and sharing remembered songs and stories, dances and regalia.

This family-oriented tour, hosted by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, starts at 10 a.m. Meet at the City of Watsonville’s Pajaro River Park, behind the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Clearwater Lane just outside of Watsonville (directions). The tour is free, but you must register by clicking here. For more information, contact Kathy Fieberling, 831-345-1226, kathy@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.

Wednesday, July 20:
Presentation: Falconry as a Window into Nature

On Wednesday evening, July 20, please join us for a delightful outdoor evening presentation with Falconer Kenny Elvin. He will talk about his extensive experience with raptors and what he has been able to observe about the ways animals interact and form relationships in nature. He will introduce you to his Great Horned Owl, Boggs, and his other thrilling falcons and hawks. He will also fly his falcons for us. This is an evening not to be missed!

We will also have tours of our Native Plant Demonstration Garden. The talk is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the outdoor classroom, overlooking the beautiful wetlands, behind the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Please dress accordingly. 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 kathy@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.

Saturday, July 23: Join Us for Restoration Saturday

cattails 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 Saturday, July 23. We will work from 9 a.m. to 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 mary@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or 831-566-4938. Click for a more detailed description of the event.

Saturday, August 2:
Shorebirds Walk

On Saturday, Aug. 27, join local birding expert Bob Ramer 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, kathy@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org. Photo: BadjobySource.

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