Green Careers intern Daniel with baby goat at Lonely Mountain Farm
For the second year, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch has run the Green Careers Summer Institute. This year eleven lucky students from Pajaro Valley High School applied and interviewed to become paid Green Career summer interns. The purpose of the internship is to impart job training and work-readiness skills onto the next generation of environmental stewards. A green career is any job that provides a sustainable living for the employee and has positive environmental impacts. The interns were exposed to a number of careers during their 4-week program, including marine science, water quality monitoring, organic agriculture, habitat restoration, and eco-tourism.
The interns and Education program staff spent the third week of the program working at Lonely Mountain Farms, a small family-run organic farm located in Corralitos. The interns were immediately immersed in farm work and the tangible benefits of organic agriculture. The students got extensive experience harvesting heirloom fruits and vegetables, and a chance to milk the goats that live at the farm, an experience they won't forget. All in all, the students learned firsthand why organic agriculture is so important and how it can be a career opportunity. Despite the hard work and 90-degree temperatures, all eleven interns had a great experience and were sad to leave the farm at the end of the week.
Thank You, Sereno Group!
Wetlands Watch Director of Operations and Restoration Program Jonathan Pilch accepting the 1% Program award from Sereno Group staff
As reported this spring, Watsonville Wetlands Watch was the fortunate recipient of the Sereno Group’s 1% Program, where the Sereno Group has pledged to give 1% of their gross commissions for a 90-day period to a charitable or community-minded group committed to making a positive difference in the communities they serve. The resulting contribution was extremely generous, and the Wetlands Watch is thrilled and grateful to the Sereno Group. This donation will make a significant difference in the Watch’s ability to bring meaningful change and improvement to our wetlands and community. We so much appreciate having such supportive partners. Thanks again!
On Saturday, Sept. 17, join veteran Watsonville Wetlands Watch board member and wetlands expert Jim Van Houten on a grand tour of the wetlands including spots rarely seen by the public. You will discover how this large freshwater wetland system fits together, learn about the history of its conservation, and be able to do a little birding at these scenic spots. Earlier this winter, Jim Van Houten was honored by a City of Watsonville proclamation that named Feb. 2 as Jim Van Houten and World Wetlands Day.
This tour is great for beginners and experts alike. The tour starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Meet at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions) and break into carpools for this driving and walking tour. The tour is free but space is limited. Register by clicking here. If you have questions, contact Kathy Fieberling, 831-345-1226, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date! 2016 Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch presents the 4th annual Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale, a fun-filled day for the entire family. With “Green Gardening” as the theme this year, the Festival will offer a great series of talks and workshops with experts, a fun Eco Kids Zone, live animals, nature walks, and music, including a performance by ZunZun, the exciting group that celebrates the environments and cultures of the Americas through music. We’ll have over 1000 native plants for sale and our staff will be on hand to offer great advice and plant selection tips. The Native Plant Sale begins at 9 a.m. and Festival at 10 a.m. at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center in Watsonville (map/directions). Both events close at 3 p.m.
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 Saturday, August 27. 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 email@example.com or 831-566-4938.
Celebrating Our Silver Anniversary!
Twenty-five years ago, a group of concerned citizens gathered around a kitchen table and took action to preserve the Watsonville Wetlands and their wildlife. Now, fresh water is sparkling in the wetlands, flocks of birds are soaring overhead, feeding along the shores, and nesting in the rushes.
Our efforts over these 25 years have dramatically renewed this precious habitat, but we still face many challenges. Climate change looms and there is much work to do to continue to foster the health of our precious wetlands. Help us celebrate our Silver Anniversary! Your tax deductible gift supports our mission to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley. Please make a special donation today. Thank you!
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.