|So How Are We
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| 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|
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
Birding Basics with Nanci Adams
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: Len Blumen. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license. Source.
Brown Bag Birding|
Want 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.
Get 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 345-1226. Map/Directions.
Photo: Public domain. Source.
Birds of the Watsonville Sloughs Talk
& Newly Published Checklist
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 email@example.com or 345-1226. Map/Directions.
Monterey Bay Birding Festival Sept. 23 -
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
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.
The 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.
The 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 -
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.