Come experience the incredible bird life that the Wetlands of Watsonville have to offer. Located along the globally important Pacific Flyway, the Wetlands of Watsonville provide a resting stop for birds on their migratory journey. The wetland system of sloughs and their uplands offer breeding and year-round habitat for over 220 species of shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and song birds.
Discover great birds in every season:
Residents include an array of herons and egrets as well as the American Bittern!
Fall mudflats provide some of the best shorebird habitat in Santa Cruz County.
Winter waterfowl can include Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead and Northern Shovelers.
Migrants that nest here include the Cinnamon Teal and the Barn Swallow.
Spring songbirds include Wilson's and Orange-crowned Warblers and Bullock's Orioles.
The Wetlands of Watsonville
are home to 23 species whose survival is in danger. The Red-legged Frog,
Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, and Golden Eagle are just a few of the
animals that depend on our wetlands and the adjacent grassland habitat.
Begin your exploration at the City's Nature Center to learn about wetland animals, plants, and local cultural history.
The Wetlands of
Watsonville are a system of six freshwater sloughs that provide a home
to 23 species listed as endangered or threatened and over 220 bird
species. Unfortunately, 90% of the wetlands in California have been
destroyed or degraded.
The City of Watsonville and Watsonville Wetlands Watch are working to preserve and enhance 800 acres of wetlands, one of the largest remaining freshwater marshes on the central coast of California. Together our goal is to bring our wetlands back to life through invasive species removal, native plant seed collection, garbage removal, education and planting.