Join the effort to plant more trees on streets and parks in Watsonville with our first tree planting event of the fall in celebration of Climate Action Day. The Climate Action Tree Planting event will be on Saturday, October 20th at Muzzio Park from 9am-Noon. This effort is a collaboration with the City of Watsonville, Public Works, Parks and Neighborhood Services. This tree planting will include an art climate change education /information/ opportunities from Regeration-Pajaro Valley Climate Action anda free lunch.
A duck that behaves like a cuckoo—obligate brood parasitism in the Black-headed Duck of Argentina with Bruce Lyon
Please join us on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to hear Bruce Lyon talk describe the results of a four-year study of this enigmatic duck on the fabulous wetlands of the pampas near Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, he and his colleagues studied basic natural history aspects of the brood parasitism, including which species are parasitized as hosts and the nature of the interaction with those hosts. Some of their findings were unexpected and puzzling but, as Bruce will explain, their detective story eventually figured these puzzles out. In addition to discussing the duck project, he will discuss and illustrate with photos the natural history of some of the other charismatic bird species of these Argentine wetlands. Although the wetlands look very similar to our local California wetlands, they harbor far more bird species that our wetlands, some of which are related to the species we find here, but others of which have no California counterparts.
Join Watsonville Wetlands Watch Board Member and retired park ranger Bob Culbertson and Kenton Parker from Elkhorn Slough, on a grand tour of the wetlands where you will visit spots rarely seen by the public.
You will discover how this extensive freshwater wetland system fits together, and learn about the history of the area and how it was conserved. Not only will Bob show you parts of the slough system seldom seen by the public, but you will also be able to do a little bird watching along the way.