The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation), in collaboration with the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership, is currently enrolling producers for its Fall 2020 Bid4Birds habitat program. Applications opened on July 1 and close on Wednesday July 15, 2020. Bids must be submitted through the Foundation website.
The Bid4Birds program focuses on extending the post-harvest flooding period of rice fields to benefit waterbirds, particularly shorebirds. While the standard winter flooding period is beneficial for many migrating waterbirds on the Pacific Flyway, many birds arrive earlier in the Fall and into the Spring when they find most fields and marshes dry. Providing flooded habitat when its most scarce is important in both the Spring and Fall seasons. More information about the program, practice requirements, and application forms can be found on the Foundation website.