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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
October 2009
Watch Wins Blue Ribbon
Volunteer Spotlight
New Trail Contract with City
New Grants
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Watch Wins Blue Ribbon

WWW Display at SC County Fair
Watsonville Wetlands Watch recently won a blue ribbon at the Santa Cruz County Fair and a $350 prize to further our work! Not bad for our first fair entry!

Many thanks to Bruce Arthur, Bill Best, Bridget Dumas, Dave and Priscilla Partridge, Virginia Taylor, Alice Weigel, and Linda Youmans, who constructed the display, showing a "mini-wetland" complete with native plants and red-tailed hawk. To see more photos of the exhibit, click here.
Volunteer Spotlight - Linda Youmans

Linda YoumansSays Kathy Fieberling, WWW Volunteer Coordinator, "Linda is available and willing to do almost anything. When we need lots of field trip assistants in a given month Linda will say 'I want to help and am willing to fill in the slots that are still open after everyone else is scheduled.' This, my friends, is a volunteer coordinator's dream!" To find out more about Linda, click here.
New Trail Contract with City
Watsonville Slough Trail
The Watch is currently finalizing a contract with the City of Watsonville for management and maintenance of the Watsonville Sloughs Trail System, a six mile trail network that winds through much of the upper portion of the sloughs. As a result, we are seeking qualified applicants for the position of Trails Restoration Specialist. To find out more, click here.
Team Effort Garners Grants  
Students at Outdoor Worktable
WWW continues to have success in obtaining grants for our work. Most recently, we were notified we will be receiving a grant of $13,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation to partner with UCSC Shennan Labs, PVUSD, the City, and the Dept. of Fish and Game to do water quality testing and wetland habitat restoration.

We are also receiving a grant of $75,000 from a joint application with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the Stewardship Council to support the Wetlands Biodiversity Monitoring Program, now known as Project Tierra. To learn more about what these grants will enable us to do, follow this link.
You Can Help!
Your contribution to Watsonville Wetlands Watch supports our work to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands. You can contribute online by going to our website. Click here.

For information about our pledge program, contact Genie Dee, Outreach and Development Director, at 728-1156, ext. 7, or genie@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.
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.