Docent and Board Member Bob Culbertson with students
Our 2015 Docent Training Program begins on January 21. Docent training is a fun and interesting way to learn about the natural and cultural history of the wetlands from experts, and to receive training for becoming a field trip facilitator. These interactive sessions include Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday field trips, visiting sites not normally seen by the public. Join our dedicated team of trained docent volunteers who facilitate field trips, lead tours, participate in special events, work in the greenhouse and native plant demonstration garden, conduct water monitoring, and much, much more. For more information including the training schedule, click here, or contact Kathy Fieberling at 831-345-1226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Celebrate Annual Event
The “Garden Gurus” captured at the photo booth
On a stormy evening in early December, nearly 100 people gathered at the Cypress House at Pajaro Dunes for the 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration and Holiday Party. At this year’s event we had a special surprise. Todd Parker, a chef for the Michelin-starred restaurant Manresa in Los Gatos, generously agreed to cook a Southern-inspired meal for us that featured gumbo. Besides the delightful food, we had a fun photo-booth and a short program where Board member Kris Beall and program directors Jonathan Pilch and Noelle Antolin highlighted the many accomplishments of the volunteers over the year. Click to read entire article.
ROP Green Careers Students Experience Latest Marine Science Technology and Career Opportunities
The Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Green Careers class took their most memorable field trip of the year in late November. Docent Bob Leonard and Wetlands Watch Education staff members Noelle Antolin, Rosemary Alvarez and Darren Gertler took the ROP class to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing. The purpose of this trip was to learn about the wide range of career options that marine sciences support and to add diversity to the many fresh water-related green careers covered last quarter. Students and staff alike were issued security badges and boarded two different research vessels for tours led by five MBARI researchers. The entire class was very impressed with the new space age technologies and the types of research the institute is able to conduct in previously unexplored portions of the ocean. To read more about this nautical field trip, click here and read what the Santa Cruz County Office of Education published online.
Presentation: Falconry –
A Window into Nature
On Wednesday, January 14, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting falconer Kenny Elvin, who will talk about the ancient art of falconry. Flying raptors is as much about the area you fly and quarry as it is about your chosen “hunting partners”. These birds fly like their lives depend on it and interact with animals, wind patterns and the falconer. Kenny Elvin has been a licensed falconer for 12 years and flown in a wide variety of settings. Making a connection with each bird and dog is a chessboard of decisions. Come and enjoy this discussion and bring questions. Kenny will be accompanied by live birds.
We are observing World Wetlands Day on Saturday, Jan. 31, and will be working with community volunteers on a restoration project on a portion of the City of Watsonville's Trail near Landmark Elementary School. This event is co-sponsored with the City of Watsonville. Volunteers will meet at 9 am at Landmark School, 235 Ohlone Parkway in Watsonville, and work until noon. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided. This is a great area for birding so there will be binoculars on hand and a guided walk to follow. If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at email@example.com or 831-566-4938.
Community Restoration Day
We invite you to help restore wetland habitat by planting native plants and removing exotic invasive plants as part of our monthly community work day on January 24. We will work from 9 a.m. until noon, and we always make time for birding or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at our Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-566-4938.
Happy New Year!
Volunteer “Prolific Propagators” having fun on Halloween
2015 is off to a great start at WWW. Donors, your contributions will be bringing some wonderful things to fruition in the year ahead. Curious students will continue to learn about their environment and the science and culture of the wetlands. Habitat restoration will continue in full swing, and trails will be improved and expanded. We have a full line-up of free opportunities to explore the wetlands and to hear fun and inspiring talks from some fascinating speakers. Tell your friends; the WWW free monthly e-newsletter is chock full of positive, uplifting stories and free activities for the enrichment and enjoyment of all. They can sign up by visiting our homepage here.
Thank you for being a part of the Watsonville Wetlands Watch!
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.