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Enrollment Opportunity for Spring Flooding through Bid4Birds

Enrollment Opportunity for Spring Flooding through Bid4Birds

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce the upcoming enrollment period for the Spring 2022 Bid4Birds habitat program. 

The Bid4Birds program focuses on extending the post-harvest flooding period in rice fields for the benefit of waterbirds, particularly shorebirds. While the standard winter flooding period is beneficial for many migrating waterbirds in the Pacific Flyway, many birds migrate through later into the spring when they find most fields and marshes are dry. Providing flooded habitat when its most scarce is important in both the spring and fall seasons. 

Bid4Birds provides incentive payments for growers to implement shallow flooding on their rice fields over 4-10 weeks, starting February 15 through May. The Foundation solicits program participants through an auction in which growers submit bids based on their own assessment of their costs to provide this critical habitat. The Bid4Birds Habitat Selection Committee, including representatives from Audubon California, California Rice Commission, Ducks Unlimited, Point Blue Conservation Science, and The Nature Conservancy, will assess bids in a standardized way using data on when and where birds need the habitat most. In spring, having habitat in March and April is the most valuable. Applications with flooding during this time period are more likely to be selected than earlier periods. 

Applications need to be submitted through the Foundation website between Monday, January 17 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. The application form will be live on Monday, January 17. 

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

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