In 2012, trained docent volunteers facilitated nature experiences for over a thousand young people. Docents also helped with special events, native plants garden and greenhouse work, creative projects, and more.
You too can become a member of our top-notch Docent Team by attending the 2013 Docent Training Program, starting on January 23. Docent Training is fun and interesting, with local experts providing an inside look at the wetlands of Watsonville, including the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands. The 7-week program includes Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips. While it is not a requirement, we would love to add some bilingual docents to our team. Click to learn more.
Celebrating Our Docents
On Dec. 5, over 90 people attended the Watch’s 2012 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration and Holiday Party in the beautiful Dunes Hall at Pajaro Dunes. Guests sipped wine and enjoyed the delicious board- and staff-provided potluck while enjoying the lovely music of harpist Robin Mills and a crackling fireplace. The guests were welcomed by Board President Kris Beall, followed by a Volunteer Appreciation presentation given by Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Fieberling and other members of staff.
The Volunteer Appreciation presentation focused on the many accomplishments of volunteers during 2012. Volunteers were key contributors in every area of work done by the WWW, from helping with field trips to propagating plants in the greenhouse to managing our website to helping with large scale community events … and the list goes on and on. Over 130 volunteers were acknowledged as having made a significant contribution in 2012, an increase of 30% from last year. More.
Watsonville Trails and Restoration Plans Move Ahead
This past month, the Watsonville City Council approved an Urban Greening Plan for the City of Watsonville that includes an expansion of the current 6-mile wetland trails system to a 33-mile regional network of trails and greenways throughout the Pajaro Valley. Guided by our Restoration Director, Jonathan Pilch, Watsonville Wetlands Watch developed the Habitat Restoration Plan for the Trails Corridor Greening Section of the City’s Urban Greening Plan. The Habitat Restoration Plan highlights detailed assessments of habitat restoration opportunities throughout the trail corridors, including the slough system, Corralitos Creek, and the Pajaro River. Also included in the Plan is a chapter on the historic conditions of the slough’s environment, detailed restoration and maintenance plans envisioning a network of nature parks, and native habitat sites restored throughout the City.
As we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate closely on this Plan, we whole-heartily support the vision for a greener City, with a forward-thinking vision benefiting the greater Pajaro Valley community
An abridged version of our restoration plan can be seen here.
Presentation: Marine Mammal Rescue
On Thursday, January 10, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting the Marine Mammal Center’s Field Manager Sue Andrews who will talk about the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, ill, or abandoned marine mammals. Sue will give us an overview of central coast marine mammals and a detailed look at the species they rescue. Specimens will be available to handle.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Education Program staff — Noëlle Antolin (left) and Adrienne Frisbee (right) — welcomes Docent and former Wetland Steward, Athena Barrios, new member of the Watch’s Board of Directors.
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.