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Summer 2009
The Watch
Newsletter of the Watsonville Wetlands Watch
In This Issue
Red Legs and All
From the Executive Director
Mary Paul
Farewell to Catherine Hatch
New Maps
Wetland Stewards Year
Wetlands Alive! Tours
New Grants Received
Docent Class of 2009
Get Involved & Meet Others!
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Dear Friend of Watsonville Wetlands Watch,

We are pleased to send you this electronic summary of our Summer 2009 Newsletter, The Watch. Our aim is to help you better understand how we forward our goal to protect, restore, and appreciate the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley.

We hope you'll find this format a convenient way to learn more about  our wetlands programs, accomplishments, and events that interest you.

We welcome your feedback on this newsletter and on any other concerns affecting our precious wetlands!


Kris Beall, Executive Director
Genie Dee, Outreach and Development Director

Send email to Genie Dee
Do They Really Have Red Legs?

California red-legged frog The audience found out at one of the WWW Wetlands Lectures. These talks, designed for the whole family, bring in guest speakers on topics that relate to the freshwater wetlands of Pajaro Valley. Past topics include mountain lions, foxes, and red-legged frogs; the next one will be a photo tour of bird migration. Read more....
Message from the Executive Director

Kris BeallSpring greetings to our friends and supporters! The beauty of these spectacular wetlands and uplands belies the dark fiscal cloud that many non-profits (and for profits!) are enduring this year. Watsonville Wetlands Watch has managed to steer through the shoals of fiscal uncertainty and we are sailing on full steam ahead. Read more....
Mary Paul, Restoration Specialist Extraordinaire

Mary PaulWWW's newest staff member is restoration specialist Mary Paul. Mary is passionate about restoration and it shows. We also benefit from her diverse background. Read more....
Farewell to Catherine Hatch

Catherine Hatch"Without Catherine Hatch, there would be no Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center" states the invitation for a reception to thank Catherine. A reception for Catherine was held at the WERC on May 29th. Read on to learn how Catherine helped the WERC morph from vision to reality. 
New Maps on Our Website!

Map with Tarplant Hill You can now better understand and appreciate the wetlands that we protect and restore by using the fantastic new maps recently added to our website. Click here to learn what you can do with this tech-savvy tool.
Wetland Stewards: Oh, what a year!

One of our Wetland Stewards doing field science work In the year just completed we have served five after school groups. To see what local students are learning, follow this link. Also, read a poem written by one of the stewards.
Wetlands Alive! Tours Continue

Group visits Tarplant Hill
This is a fun way for the whole family to learn about the wetlands. For a complete schedule, click here.
Grants Awarded for Key Programs

Students with instructor doing field work In March Watsonville Wetlands Watch  was awarded two significant grants for environmental protection and education. Check out these important grant-funded programs....
Docent Class of 2009

Docent Class of 2009
We now have 18 new people who have joined the WWW Docent Team, following six weeks of training. Training is held each Spring, and all interested WWW supporters can apply. See who's in the 2009 Class....
Get Involved and Meet Others

If you would like to make a donation to support the work of Watsonville Wetlands Watch, to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands, click here or send email to Genie Dee.

To get involved and meet others, and for volunteer opportunities, follow this link to our website.

Upcoming Events/Activities. Click on links for more information.
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.