Conservation

Deadline Fast Approaching for Bid4Birds Habitat Program

Deadline Fast Approaching for Bid4Birds Habitat Program

Next Monday, January 11, is the deadline for the spring 2021 Bid4Birds habitat program through the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation. You can apply through the Foundation website.

Key Elements of the Program include:

  • Incentive payments for growers to implement shallow flooding for shorebirds
  • Contracts: 4-10 week commitments
  • Timeline: February 15 through May 31
    • Habitat in late March and April is most valuable 
  • Flooding: maximum of 4″ throughout contract period
  • Post-harvest straw management required
  • 75 acres minimum
  • Contracts are ranked on timing, habitat quality, and price

If you have any questions about the program or would just like to learn more, please visit the Bid4Birds webpage, view the original program announcement, or contact CRC Wildlife Programs Manager Luke Matthews at lmatthews@calrice.org or (916) 607-8988.

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