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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
April 2010
Wetlands Alive! Tours Resume April 10th
Basket Weaving Traditions: An Evening with Julia and Lucy Parker
Basket Weaving in the Wetlands Workshop
Keep Our Wetlands Programs Afloat
High Ground Organics Partnership
Land Trust to Hold Community Forums
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Wetlands Alive! Tours Resume April 10th

Wetlands with Rainbow
Bring your friends and family to this free, fun-filled event! Tours originate from the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (the WERC) on the grounds of Pajaro Valley High School. Guests will receive a fascinating view of the birds, plants, and wildlife of the wetlands; binoculars are provided.

Tours are 1/2 to 1 mile and last 1 -2 hours, depending on group preference. All tours are free; reservations are required 48 hours in advance: call the WERC at 831-728-1156, ext. 7, or send an e-mail to
genie@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org. For more more information, including the tour schedule, click here.
Basket Weaving Traditions: An Evening with Julia and Lucy Parker

Julia Parker
Basket Weaving Traditions: An Evening with Julia and Lucy Parker will be held at the WERC on Friday, April 23rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Master Basket Weaver and national treasure Julia Parker will tell stories about basket weaving and how it has kept her heritage alive. Lucy and daughter Julia will share their knowledge of natural materials and demonstrate basket weaving techniques, showing the different styles with a song and dance of their tribes. Admission is free, but please reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Fieberling at 831-345-1226 or kathyfieb@yahoo.com. Click here for more information and directions. See below for information about their weekend workshop.
Basket Weaving in the Wetlands Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, April 24th and 25th

Come for a weekend of weaving traditional baskets with the native plants of the wetlands in a special class taught by Julia and Lucy Parker. Learn more.
Join us in Keep Our Wetlands Programs Afloat, a campaign to support the kids, the birds, and the native plants!
As you can tell from this newsletter, our programs are thriving. But we need more cash to keep our programs growing. The first event in Keep Our Wetlands Programs Afloat is the Human Race, to be held on Saturday, May 8th. All participants will receive a free breakfast and BBQ lunch (the $25 registration fee for the race is waived if a participant gets at least $25 in donations), plus the first 1800 people to sign-up will also receive a free Human Race T-shirt.

This fun, 6-mile walk starts at Natural Bridges and Delaware Avenue in Santa Cruz. To sign up, go to http://humanracesc.org/ and click on List of Teams, then scroll down the page and click on Watsonville Wetlands Watch. For more information, contact Phil or Diana Gilman at fiskapkg@yahoo.com or digilman41@yahoo.com, and walk for the Watch!
Snapshot Day 2010 - Volunteers Needed!
Saturday, May 1st, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Students and teachers test slough water

Spanning more than 300 miles of coast, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary receives flows from over 100 freshwater streams and rivers. This community event provides a one-day "Snapshot" of the health of the rivers and streams that flow into the Sanctuary. We are seeking volunteers to help us measure the water quality of the wetlands and streams of the Pajaro Valley. To participate, you must attend training on April 20th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. To sign up or get more information, please contact Noelle Antolin at 728-1156 Ext 5 or email her at noelle@watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.
High Ground Organics Partnership

Laura Kummerer
WWW is contracting with the Santa Cruz Resource Conservation District for restoration work on a 15 acre conservation easement on the High Ground Organics farm. Laura Kummerer, who has managed the project for the past four years, has become an employee of WWW; this brings a new grassland restoration site and part of the slough system into our Restoration Program. We welcome Laura and her restoration expertise. For more about Laura, click here.
Land Trust to Hold Community Forums

Illustration of forum Join the conversation to shape a Conservation Blueprint for Santa Cruz County. Share your ideas about how we can work together to protect our county's quality of life and maintain our precious land, water, and wildlife.

The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is hosting four Community Forums in April and May and wants to hear from you. Click to learn more about the Conservation Blueprint, or call the Land Trust at 831-429-6116. For details about the Forums, including dates and locations, click here.
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.
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