Conservation

BirdReturns Program Alert – Application Deadline Tuesday, March 6

BirdReturns Program Alert – Application Deadline Tuesday, March 6

The California Rice Commission (CRC) is pleased to partner with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the next phase of a shorebird habitat conservation program called BirdReturns.

With the warm and dry conditions this winter, TNC is interested in mobilizing quickly to provide an urgent response to the possible resurgence of drought. They are seeking interested growers/landowners who can provide shallow flooding of their fields beginning mid-March to help mitigate the significant lack of open water currently available for waterbirds.

TNC’s application process has begun and will end on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Interested applicants must apply electronically by accessing the BirdReturns Bid Form.

The program options are as follows:

4 weeks:
March 19-April 15

6 weeks:
March 19-April 29

For questions about the Program, email birds@tnc.org or call the dedicated BirdReturns number: 916-449-2852.

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