Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Struve Slough, Watsonville Slough Ecology Reserve and Pajaro River Park | Freedom, Calif.
Since 1991, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) has been dedicated to protecting, restoring and fostering an appreciation of the wetlands of the Pájaro Valley. Annually, their work restores and protects areas across 1,000 acres of wetlands by engaging over 3,000 community members and 2,000 students in conservation and education efforts.
WWW received a 2015 NEEF Public Lands Every Day Event Grant to support the following events:
- World Wetlands Day- students and volunteers will plant hundreds of native plants on Struve Slough within the City of Watsonville's trail network (January, 2016).
- Earth Day/Dia del Nino- students and volunteers will remove invasive plants and restore native species on the West Struve Slough within the Watsonville Wetlands (April).
- National Trails Day- volunteers will remove invasive plants on a trail that runs alongside the Pajaro River and into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (June).
- Watsonville Wetlands Alive! Birding Tour- families will be introduced to the 250 resident and migratory species of birds that are supported within the wetlands. The area acts as a crucial part of the Pacific flyway (July).
For more information about this grantee, visit watsonvillewetlandswatch.org.
Through the support of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Public Lands Every Day was launched in 2011 to encourage more Americans to enjoy, protect and maintain our public lands every day through public engagement, professional development and partnerships.