Discover the Wonders of the Wetlands on a Wetlands Alive! Tour
Bald Eagles flying over the sloughs. Photo: Efren B. Adalem
Bring your friends and join us on a fun, family-oriented tour of the wetlands and our Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). Upcoming tour dates are Saturdays, May 19, June 9, July 14, and July 28, starting at 10 a.m. Tours are free, but please call or email Kathy Fieberling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831-345-1226, by Friday noon before the tour to reserve a place. For more information, click here.
Presentation — First People Meet
Second People: Ohlone Indians
and Early Spanish Explorations
by New Docent Susan Drake
On Thursday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Watch is hosting State archaeologist Mark Hylkema, who will outline the local prehistory and native lifeway before European contact, and will reflect on what it was like not too many years ago when grizzly bears and the Ohlone people dwelled here. We will also review aspects of the Spanish, Mexican and early American periods. At the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus in Watsonville. (Map/directions) Admission is free but you must reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Fieberling at 831-345-1226 or
Wetlands Watch Secures Restoration Funding
Restoration work from grant will continue the riparian work on the Department of Fish and Game property as seen in process here on a past volunteer project.
The Wildlife Conservation Board has granted the Wetlands Watch $263,000 to restore over six acres of native riparian habitat — nearly a one mile stretch — along the Struve Slough and Hansen Slough corridors over the next several years. This funding will restore critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife species. The work will provide important wildlife corridors to improve resiliency of the sloughs habitat areas while addressing critical climate change issues. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Game, the City of Watsonville, and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.
This restoration grant is another good example of Watsonville Wetland Watch's Slough partnerships in action!
Young People Protecting the Wetlands — One Step at a Time
By Wetland Steward High School Intern
Wetland Steward interns Xianjia Huang and Pablo Robles arrange their mosaics with the help of mosaic artist Sandee Adams of Aromas Hills Artisans.
The Wetland Stewards interns took a dive into creativity by making mosaic stepping stones for the Wetland Stewards’ garden at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center. In the course of a few weeks Wetland Stewards designed and crafted their own mosaics of everything from the sun to birds, snakes, foxes, and even animal tracks.
Of course, the most enjoyable part was the most destructive step, the first step; smashing the tiles into small pieces. Next, the stewards glued the pieces together into the shape of their design. The tiles were donated by Paul Burns, the owner of Fireclay Tile in Aromas. Some of the tiles were recycled from porcelain. The Stewards got their hands dirty as they filled in the empty spaces of their mosaic stepping stone with grout. “Working on the mosaics was a great experience and I got to learn how to make something amazing,” commented Mayra Hernandez, a Wetland Steward. Read entire article.
Public Meeting: Managing the Watsonville Slough Farms
Speakers from the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, and the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County will report on the current restoration and management plans for the recently acquired 500-acre Watsonville Slough Farm. The Land Trust and partners such as the Watsonville Wetlands Watch worked with natural resource professionals and local farmers during the planning process. The plans include restoring native habitats, maintaining organic agriculture, protecting water quality, reducing water use, and providing new opportunities for public access on this property at the heart of the Watsonville Sloughs.
The public meeting will be held on May 30, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, on the 4th floor.
Open Saturdays at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center
The Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (WERC) is hosting an open house on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dates this month are May 12 and May 26.
The El Mercado Flea Market, which now takes place in the parking lot next to the WERC on weekends, draws families from all around our community and we think it is a great opportunity to get the word out about the Watsonville wetlands! Our staff, interns and docents will tell you and your friends all about the wonders of the sloughs, introduce you to our snakes and specimens, and lead fun activities for kids. We'll even have binoculars and spotting scopes set up for folks to sneak a peak of our visiting Burrowing Owl and other wildlife.
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2012 docent class planting native plants. Photo: Efren B. Adalem
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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.