Bid4Birds Program Office Hours begin tomorrow

Bid4Birds Program Office Hours begin tomorrow

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation’s Bid4Birds Program is currently open for enrollment. Enrollments will be done entirely through the Foundation website, unless other arrangements are made. The enrollment window closes at 5 pm this January 15. Luke Matthews, CRC’s Wildlife Programs Manager, will be hosting office hours this week to address any program related questions. Office hours will be held in Colusa and Marysville with details outlined in the table below.

Bid4Birds Office Hours: Luke Matthews

Colusa – Office Hours:
Tuesday: January 7, 2020
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Colusa County Library
738 Market Street
Colusa, CA 95932
Marysville – Office Hours:
Friday: January 10, 2020
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Yuba County Library
303 2nd Street
Marysville, CA 95901

If you have any questions about the program please visit the Foundation website, attend one of the office hour sessions, or contact Luke Matthews directly at or (916) 607-8988.

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