Enhancing Habitat

You can help improve San Lorenzo River habitat at River Health Days!

Are you interested in improving San Lorenzo River habitat to help native species of bugs, birds, fish and plants thrive? Then sign up today for a River Health Day! At these monthly events, you help remove invasive plants like cape ivy and ice plant and reintroduce native species such as mugwort, willows, blackberry and monkey flower. By revegetating the river bank, volunteers like you slow the spread of invasive plants along the 2.5-mile-long Santa Cruz Riverwalk and cultivate plants that provide bank stability, food, shade and shelter for birds, insects and wildlife. At the end of each River Health Day, you can look back on the habitat you helped, the people you connected with and know that you made a difference in your community.

 

Sign up for a River Health Day and help San Lorenzo River habitat thrive!

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Learn More About Native Plants of the Lower San Lorenzo River

Plant Profile: Western Goldenrod

Plant Profile: Western Goldenrod

Contributing Author By Zola Nesbitt, CWC Watershed Steward Every second Saturday of the month, CWC (Coastal Watershed Council) leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant and care for a variety of native plant species to increase biodiversity and habitat...

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Plant Profile: Black Sage

Plant Profile: Black Sage

Black Sage is a perennial subshrub that is scientifically known as Salvia mellifera. Being the most common sage in California, this shrub is found in foothills, canyons, mesas, and chaparrals.

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Plant Profile: Beach Strawberry

Plant Profile: Beach Strawberry

Photo Credit: Flickr Commons Every second Saturday of the month, CWC (Coastal Watershed Council) leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant and care for a variety of native plant species to increase biodiversity and habitat complexity and support a healthy...

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Plant Profile: Hooker’s Evening Primrose

Plant Profile: Hooker’s Evening Primrose

Photo Credit: Flickr Commons Every second Saturday of the month, CWC (Coastal Watershed Council) leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant and care for a variety of native plant species to increase biodiversity and habitat complexity and support a healthy...

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Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana)

Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana)

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons Every second Saturday of the month, CWC leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant and care for a variety of native plant species to increase biodiversity and habitat complexity and support a healthy river ecosystem. Mugwort...

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Coastal Bush Lupine

Coastal Bush Lupine

Every second Saturday of the month, CWC leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant and care for a variety of native plant species to increase biodiversity and habitat complexity and support a healthy river ecosystem. Coastal Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus) is...

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Common Rush: A Defensive Line Along the River

Common Rush: A Defensive Line Along the River

In the spirit of learning, the Coastal Watershed Council invites you to explore and learn more about native plants growing along the lower San Lorenzo River. Every second Saturday of the month, CWC leads River Health Days where volunteers help plant, water and care...

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Recent habitat enhancement news:

Spreading Seeds with CWC

Spreading Seeds with CWC

You might be wondering why you see fewer new plantings going into the ground at Coastal Watershed Council’s habitat enhancement site this year. Don’t worry: CWC is still fully committed to improving the habitat along our lovely Lower San Lorenzo River!  We are just...

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Winter Birds at the San Lorenzo River

Winter Birds at the San Lorenzo River

Birds are a real attraction at the San Lorenzo River during any time of year. An estimated 122 bird species frequent the river, and its lower stretch is considered a birding “hotspot” in Santa Cruz. While spring and fall are often thought to be prime seasons for...

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Cultivating Diverse River Stewards

Cultivating Diverse River Stewards

Everyone can play a role in caring for the San Lorenzo River. That’s why CWC is cultivating unique groups of river stewards across our community, from unhoused neighbors in the Downtown Streets Team to Watershed Rangers from Gault and Bay View Elementary Schools. With...

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