The dramatic disappearance of wetlands in California has made the Watsonville wetlands a key stopover place for migrating birds. Join us as we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on May 10 with a special Wetlands Alive! tour. On this fun, family-oriented tour led by experienced local birders, we will discover together the attractions of the wetlands to birds and people alike. Wetland Alive! tours start at 10 a.m. and are on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month through September. Other upcoming tours dates are May 24, June 14 and June 28, starting at 10 a.m. Meet at the Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). Tours are free, but please register here by Friday noon before the tour. For more information, click here or contact Kathy Fieberling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-345-1226.
Presentation: Irrigation Efficiency, Greywater, and Rainwater
in the Landscape
On Tuesday, May 13, water management consultant Michael Johnson will talk about how to use less water outdoors while maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape. Topics will include irrigation system maintenance and management, irrigation controller scheduling, climate-appropriate plant selection, sprinkler to drip conversion, laundry-to-landscape irrigation, and rainwater harvesting.
Michael Johnson is the owner of California H2orticulture Services, the leading horticultural and water management consultancy for the Central Coast. CHS manages the City of Watsonville Landscape Water Conservation Program and the Santa Clara Valley Water District Agricultural Mobile Irrigation Lab Program and works with many private clients in landscaping and agriculture to help increase irrigation efficiency and reduce water waste. Michael is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and the instructor of the Irrigation Design and Management course at Cabrillo College.
This talk is being presented by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch and the City of Watsonville as part of their Landscape Water Conservation Program. It is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center. Admission is free but you must reserve a seat online by clicking here or by contacting Kathy Fieberling at email@example.com or 831-345-1226.
Green Careers ROP Class Gets a Real-World Look at Local Agriculture
Students with Frank Estrada, Reiter Berry Farms
This spring, our Green Careers Regional Occupational Program (ROP) class at Pajaro Valley High visited nearby Watsonville Slough Farm, owned by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. The tour was organized by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch’s Restoration Director Jonathan Pilch and included guest speakers from local Pajaro Valley farm businesses, a tour of restoration efforts on the farm, and a native planting of a wetland buffer. Juan Gonzalez from Lakeside Organics Gardens and Frank Estrada from Reiter Berry Farms joined our students to talk about farming practices, organic farming, irrigation, and new innovations such as web-based irrigation management and Ag Robots (robotic harvesters). They also shared their personal stories and career paths. Students asked a lot of questions and learned about the many types of green careers and internships available locally in agriculture. These two speakers really communicated an enthusiasm and love for their jobs to the students. Click to read entire article.
Our Teachers Make a Difference
Retired teacher and docent Alice Weigel doing greenhouse work with students
Watsonville Wetlands Watch is proud to have many active and retired educators among its dedicated docents, board members and volunteers. National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4–10, established by Congress in 1953 at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt, is an opportunity to acknowledge our teachers and the vital role of education in the Wetlands Watch mission.
We are lucky to have on staff our wonderful Education Director Noelle Antolin, Environmental Education Specialists Adrienne Frisbee and Carmen Tan, and retired teachers who continue in active education roles as WWW docents including Dan Merritt, Becky Stewart, Heidi Perlmutter, Alice Weigel, Ron Bobb, Kris Beall, Judy Husted, Mary Ann Hunter, Joann Leonard, and others. We are also grateful for the many other teachers and former teachers who support WWW by volunteering their time or providing financial support. Click to read entire article.
Certify Your Garden
as a “Wildlife Habitat”
By Joan Rose, Docent
Docent Joan Rose in her garden
Recently, I visited fellow WWW Docent Cathy Gamble, whose garden has a sign proclaiming it is a “Certified Wildlife Habitat.” As we walked through her low-maintenance, low-water landscape filled with bird life, Cathy explained the certification requirements, and I realized my garden has everything needed. Last week, I applied for certification. Read entire article to learn how become certified.
Providing Priceless Experiences
You can help us introduce young people to the wonder and importance of the wetlands. Contribute online by going to our website; or by sending a donation in the mail to WWW, P.O. Box 1239, Freedom, CA 95019. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your tax-deductible gift of any size is greatly appreciated.
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.