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Posted on: December 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Celebrating the Wild World of Wetlands

Volunteers Planting

Every year in early February countries from around the planet celebrate World Wetlands Day and raise public awareness about the importance of this ecosystem.

The Watsonville's wetlands are one of the largest freshwater marshes remaining along the Central Coast, creating homes for more than 220 species of birds, plants, and mammals. We are lucky to have this remarkable backyard beauty to explore and enjoy, and February is a perfect time to view winter waterfowl.

Wetlands create crucial wildlife habitat including resting and feeding grounds for migratory birds, and safe nurseries for baby plants, fish, and frogs. The benefits wetlands provide to our health and safety are many, such as helping to prevent floods, soaking up and storing water, and naturally filtering urban run-off that enters our storm drain system.

The City of Watsonville and the Wetlands Watch invite you to show your appreciation for this diverse environment by participating at our native planting celebration at this year's World Wetlands Day.

Join us in the global effort and become one of thousands of volunteers that take action to preserve and restore our precious wetlands.

Native Planting Day
Saturday, February 3
Watsonville Nature Center
30 Harkins Slough Rd.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

No registration is required. All activities are free. Snacks, beverages, and tools will be provided. Bring your whole family!

For more information please contact the Nature Center at (831) 768-1622.

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