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News from Watsonville Wetlands Watch
August 2010
How Are We Doing?
WWW Annual Picnic
New Board Members
Birding Basics Course
Brown Bag Birding
Bear Talk
Birds of the Sloughs
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Photographing Wild Birds
Creative Art Journaling
Bird-Themed Art Exhibition
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So How Are We Doing?
cartoon of balance scales for weights
In April, the Board of Directors launched the Spring Campaign, an effort to maintain our programs while we continue to seek grants and other funding. We have raised about half of the $70,000 we need to keep from cutting back our programs. You can help us make it through these lean times for non-profits. Your gift will help to protect the wetlands and to educate the next generation of wetland stewards, and will be greatly appreciated! Click here to contribute online or send your check to WWW, P.O. Box 1239, Freedom, CA 95019.
Picnic a Good Time for All

Plant specialist John Pritchard addresses group in field
At our our annual picnic on July 11th at Tarplant Hill, the sun was out, an amazing flock of white pelicans put on a show above, and the food was quite gourmet! Jim Van Houten gave the group a history of Tarplant Hill and how WWW came to acquire it. Above, Restoration Specialist John Pritchard is shown providing a fascinating tour of the restoration site. For more photos, click here.
Watch Adds Board Members

Debbie Diersch
Debbie Diersch
Shirley Edwards
Shirley Edwards
Debbie Diersch and Shirley Edwards are welcome additions to the WWW Board of Directors. Diersch is CEO of Chrysalis Software, Inc. headquartered in Carmel, has over 25 years of management experience technology, and chairs the Business Outreach Committee. Edwards is Associate Counsel at West Marine, Inc. with over 19 years as a litigator and advisory attorney in government, the private sector and in non-profit practice, and much environmental expertise. Shirley chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and serves on the Business Outreach and Planning and Conservation Committees.

Birding Basics with Nanci Adams

Conservation Committees.This fun and fascinating class is an introduction to many of the amazing birds here in our own community. Using digital slides and bird song recordings, students learn the basics of birding in a supportive environment. Two sessions are offered, with two sections in each session, a Tuesday section and a Thursday section, beginning Tuesday, August 17th, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Meet at the WERC; fee for each class is $65. More information. Photo of Green heron
Photo: Len Blumen. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Source.
Brown Bag Birding

cartoon of brown bagWant to learn more about local birds, but can't attend a morning class? Bring a brown bag light meal, binoculars and a field guide, and join us in the late afternoon. This is a class of just field trips, and will involve easy walking. August 19 - October 7; 5-7 p.m. $65 for 8 two-hour classes. First meeting place: Green Valley Center parking lot by Watsonville Adult Education (map). To sign up for Brown Bag Birding, mail this printable registration form to Watsonville Adult Education, 294 Green Valley Rd Watsonville 95076.

Brown bear Ursus arctos, at the Moscow ZooGet the "Bear Facts"

Join us on Thursday, August 26th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., for Bruce Elliott's presentation on the grizzly bears that once roamed Central California in abundance. You will learn bear biology, distribution and population numbers, and just what to do if you encounter a bear. Bruce Elliott is a popular local educator and a retired Senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Department of Fish and Game. At the WERC; RSVP to kathyfieb@yahoo.com or 345-1226. Map/Directions.

Photo: Public domain. Source.

Birds of the Watsonville Sloughs Talk & Newly Published Checklist

Great Blue Heron

Photo by permission of Mike Yip, Vancouver Island Birds. ©Mike Yip.

Learn about "Seasons and Cycles of Change" for these birds on Thursday, Sept. 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., with local expert and wildlife biologist David Suddjian. David will explore the rich and varied birdlife of the Watsonville Sloughs, one of the most important habitat areas in the Monterey Bay region. He will describe the seasonal patterns of nesting and migration, and highlight the sloughs' species of special interest and conservation concern. We will also be introducing our new Birds of the Watsonville Sloughs Checklist and have copies available for those who attend the talk. More about our speaker. At the WERC; RSVP to kathyfieb@yahoo.com or 345-1226. Map/Directions.

Monterey Bay Birding Festival Sept. 23 - 26

Monterey Bay Birding Featival Graphic
Join your friends, neighbors, and area birders for this annual event. The Pajaro Valley Arts Council will be offering two art workshops for the Festival, described below. All are welcome and persons can sign up and get more information on the birding festival website.
Photographing Wild Birds

Larry Selman
Photographing Wild Birds
Unsure about how to photograph wild birds? Don't know a Great Blue Heron from a Mourning Dove? Or just looking for some tips about how to improve your photography skills? Come join us to learn how to get that perfect wild bird photograph. Workshop: Thursday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. Cost: $20; Field Trip: Friday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. to noon. Cost: $30. Leader: Larry Selman. Location: Watsonville Civic Plaza. Click here for details. Click here for registration information.
Creative Art Journaling

Photo of journal with hand written notesThe practice of keeping a visual journal is an enriching way to express and record your creativity. It is a tool to awaken your senses and help you see the world through artist's eyes. This workshop will visit the WERC and take advantage of our excellent collection of local bird specimens. Cost: $30. Trip Leader: Susan Dorf. Location: Departs from Watsonville Civic Plaza. Friday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activity: Moderate. Click here for details. Click here for registration information.
Bird-Themed Art Exhibition

Cartoon of perched raptorThe Pájaro Valley Arts Council is hosting Los Pájaros, an exhibition of bird-themed art to celebrate the many birds from which the Pájaro Valley draws its name. It is timed to coincide with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. Los Pájaros can be seen at two locations:
  • The Pajaro Valley Gallery: 37 Sudden Street, Watsonville. 831-722-3062 (Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday 11-4; Saturday & Sunday 12 - 4). The gallery hosts art in a variety of media, from ceramics to photography.
  • Watsonville Civic Plaza: 4th floor. See Andrea Rich's woodcut prints of birds. Public reception: Sept. 26, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
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.