Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane and the Watch’s Board President Lou Rose. Photo by Efren Adalem
A World Wetlands Day Proclamation was presented by the City of Santa Cruz to the Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) on January 27 in recognition of the importance of local wetlands and our role in caring for them. The Proclamation was delivered at a Council meeting by the City’s Mayor Don Lane and accepted on behalf of WWW by its Board President Lou Rose. Read entire article.
Veteran Docent Cathy Gamble Recognized by Santa Cruz DAR
Cathy Gamble with students at Tarplant Hill
At a special luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 28, Santa Cruz Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented their 2014 Community Service Award to Watsonville Wetlands Watch Docent Cathy Gamble for her volunteer work in the wetlands. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a women's service organization that promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Read entire article.
Kris Beall Retires from Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board of Directors
Kris Beall has retired from the Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board of Directors after 10 years of service. Since joining Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Kris has been instrumental in the development of the Watch's education programs, including the Wetlands Stewards program at Pajaro Valley High School, after school programs and docent training. Having spent her working career as a local teacher, educator and tutor, Kris provided valuable assistance and counsel to the Watch's educational staff. She networked with Pajaro Valley School District teachers and administrators to ascertain what educational program elements would most effectively reinforce the lessons they were teaching in the schools. In addition, Kris provided valuable assistance to the Watch’s staff with their grant writing, curriculum development and personnel policies.
“Kris Beall has a unique ability to rally people around specific missions and goals,” said Lou Rose, President of the Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board of Directors. “Kris approaches issues in a positive, solution-based manner and brings people together in a cheerful, positive and humane way to focus on a common goal. We will miss her participation on the board and are thankful for her many contributions to Watsonville Wetlands Watch.”
At its December 17th meeting, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board of Directors elected two new members, Denise Murphy and Donna Bradford. Denise and Donna both received unanimous approval and will begin serving as board members immediately. Both work in the environmental field and are long-time residents of Watsonville.
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Falcon Admires New Board President
At the January Falconry “Speaker Series” event, falconer Kenny Elvin introduced a live Lanner Falcon, a Harris Hawk and an Aplomado Falcon to the enchanted audience. After an evening of interesting and entertaining stories about falconry and falcons, Kenny set the Aplomado Falcon free to fly in the room. The falcon then proceeded to perch on the new Wetlands Watch Board President Lou Rose’s head, to the delight of all. Lou even had a small talon piercing in his forehead as a badge of honor, proving that Lou will be a board president with a sense of humor and a willingness to serve.
Presentation: First People Meet Second People — Ohlone Indians and Early Spanish Explorations
On Thursday, March 26, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch is hosting State Parks Archaeologist Mark Hylkema, who will outline the local prehistory and native lifeway before European contact. Mark will reflect on what it was like not too many years ago when grizzly bears and the Ohlone people dwelled here. He will also review aspects of the Spanish, Mexican and early American periods.
A National Monument is Proposed
for Santa Cruz County
There is a new campaign to have President Obama designate 5800 acres of Coast Dairies property on the north coast of Santa Cruz County as a permanently protected, publically accessible National Monument. Such designation would reportedly increase federal funding for conservation, preservation and recreation.
To launch the campaign, there will be a community event on February 12 at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz with former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as the featured speaker. To obtain event details and RSVP, please click here. To take a virtual hike over these properties located north of Wilder Ranch and south of Swanton, you can click here.
The National Monument campaign is not an initiative of the Watsonville Wetlands Watch but the event is an opportunity for all of us to learn more.
Fourth Saturday 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 February 28. 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.
Thank You for Supporting the Watsonville Wetlands Watch!
Did you make a donation to our year-end appeal? Thank you! Every gift to the Wetlands Watch brings good things to our community; fascinating lectures and tours, youth education and leadership programs, and of course, vital wetlands restoration. We are excited about all the ways your gift of support will be put to work in the year ahead. Thank you for being our valued partner in the wetlands.
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.