New Wetland Stewards class with Wetlands Watch
educator Hugo Ceja (at right)
Twelve new enthusiastic young people have joined our Wetland Stewards Program. These student interns have spent the past month exploring the Pajaro River Watershed, investigating the plants and animals, including invertebrates, of the wetlands and learning how to inspire younger students to become environmental stewards. They will continue to gain knowledge and refine their teaching skills every Tuesday after school, and will head out into the community to share that knowledge with the excited youth of Watsonville one other day of each week.
New Educator Stephanie Aroche-Rios
We are happy to announce that Stephanie Aroche-Rios has joined our Education staff. With a passion for environmental education, experience working with the Watsonville community, and a strong background in the natural history of the Pajaro Valley, Stephanie is a perfect fit for the Watsonville Wetlands Watch. Stephanie grew up in the Central Valley and moved to the Central Coast to study Environmental Science at CSU Monterey Bay. She has worked and volunteered with many relevant programs including Return of the Natives, Save the Whales, Elkhorn Slough, and the Fort Ord Bureau of Land Management.
We feel lucky to have found Stephanie. We welcome her and offer congratulations on her October 1 wedding!
The Sixth Extinction –
Saving our Planet, Saving Ourselves
In relatively recent times a mammal called Homo sapiens has become a geophysical force, altering Earth’s life with profound and often devastating consequences. One of these consequences, called “the Sixth Extinction,” poses one of the greatest challenges our species has ever faced.
As part of our Speaker Series, on Thursday, Nov. 3, environmental journalist John Moir will discuss the causes of the Sixth Extinction and how we can respond, both individually and collectively. John’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications. He is the author of two nonfiction books (including Return of the Condor), has contributed to three anthologies, and has received more than two-dozen writing awards.
Volunteers make a difference by helping to restore our wetlands
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 Saturday, October 22. We will work from 9 a.m. to 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.
Celebrating Our Silver Anniversary!
Twenty-five years ago, a group of concerned citizens gathered around a kitchen table and took action to preserve the Watsonville Wetlands and their wildlife. Now, fresh water is sparkling in the wetlands, flocks of birds are soaring overhead, feeding along the shores, and nesting in the rushes.
Our efforts over these 25 years have dramatically renewed this precious habitat, but we still face many challenges. Climate change looms and there is much work to do to continue to foster the health of our precious wetlands. Help us celebrate our Silver Anniversary! Your tax deductible gift supports our mission to protect, restore, and foster appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley. Please make a special donation today. Thank you!
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.