2012-2013 Wetland Stewards interns
From left to right: Marissa, Jonathan, Esmeralda, Isabel, Rosemary (staff), Aixely, Margarito, Esteban, Cody, Marcela
Thanks to a grant from Foundation for Youth Investment, Watsonville Wetlands Watch has increased the number of students participating in our Wetland Stewards program by 50%. This year we will train nine High School interns and our increased program capacity will enable the Stewards to take elementary and middle school students outdoors on field trips to the wetlands.
Our new class of Wetland Stewards started their school year in mid-August with a two-week intensive training program which included an overview of history and ecology of the wetlands, a tour of the Watsonville Slough system, birding at the Watsonville nature center, and hands-on native plant propagation. Click for more about the Wetland Stewards Program.
As the Wetland Stewards finished their training, they took a wonderful kayak tour of the wetlands. We thank the Kayak Connection for making this possible.
Wetland Steward Alumna Becomes Our New Environmental Educator!
Over the years, Watsonville Wetlands Watch has taken pride in seeing its students and Wetland Stewards continue their educations at college. Occasionally we even have program participants who come back. Now we are overjoyed to have one student, former Wetland Steward Rosemary Alvarez, come back to us as a WWW staff member.
Three years ago Rosemary Alvarez’s High School science teacher, Gary Martindale, encouraged her to begin a year-long science project as part of Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats. Under the direction of Noëlle Antolin, Director of WWW Education Programs, Rosemary and three of her classmates formed a team to monitor wetlands water quality every weekend for two months: They measured and recorded in the Project Tierra database the diversity of aquatic invertebrates in the wetlands, a sensitive water-quality indicator.
Immediately following this project Rosemary decided to attend the Docent Training program at Wetlands Watch, where she learned how to lead interpretive walks and coordinate events.
She then applied to become a Wetland Steward intern in our after school program. As a Wetland Steward intern, Rosemary overcame her shyness, learned to speak in front of groups, and began to share her newfound passion for the environment with elementary school students.
Now beginning her second year in her major of Biochemistry, Rosemary saw the position of Environmental Educator advertised at Watsonville Wetlands Watch and she was the first to apply. With her years of experience and dedication studying and teaching in the Watsonville sloughs, Rosemary is a natural fit for her new job with our wetland family. She will now be leading teens and elementary students through the Wetland Stewards after school program. Having Rosemary on our team will enable us to expand our program to middle schools this fall. Welcome Rosemary!
Rosemary Alvarez (above, right) is joined by José Alanis (left), this year’s recipient of the Hofmeister Wetland Steward Scholarship. José has just begun his first year at UC Berkeley where he will major in Environmental Science.
New Wetlands Educational Resource Center (WERC) Mural in Progress!
Artists painting new mural on WERC building entrance wall
Linda Bjornson, President of Aromas Hills Artisans
Presentation: Back from the Brink — Peregrine Falcons
On Wednesday evening, September 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Watsonville Wetlands Watch will host Glenn Stewart, the UC Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group’s director, who will explain techniques used to bring the Peregrine Falcon back from near extinction. Glenn will discuss his experiences from a career as a conservation biologist working on Peregrine Falcon population recovery in the Pacific States through breeding falcons in aviaries for release to the wild. He will bring a live Peregrine Falcon!
Join Wetlands Watch on Saturday, October 13th, at 11 a.m. for a special day of celebration, inspirational speakers, music, wetlands art and other fun family activities in honor of our 20th Anniversary.
We have cause to celebrate as we were recently awarded the Coastal America Partnership Award, the only environmental award of its kind presented by the Obama Administration.
This celebration will be held at Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus, at 500 Harkins Slough Road in Watsonville. Map/directions.
Please join us for this festive occasion for the entire family!
Do you have any “event” skills you would like to share with us? Help tasks includes set-up and clean-up, leading activities, answering questions, serving cupcakes, and much more. If you are willing to help during or leading up to the event, please contact Kathy Fieberling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 831-345-1226.
Final Wetlands Alive! Tour of 2012
You and your family can have a wetlands adventure on a fun tour of the wetlands and our Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Our last tour date for the year is Saturday, September 8th, starting at 10 a.m. Tours are free, but please contact Kathy Fieberling, email@example.com or 831-345-1226, by Friday noon before the tour to reserve a place. Meet at the Wetlands Resource Center, at the top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus at 500 Harkins Slough Rd, Watsonville. Click for map/directions. For more information, contact Kathy or visit our website.
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.