Conservation

First Season of Bid4Birds Program Completed

First Season of Bid4Birds Program Completed

Our California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation just wrapped up the inaugural season of the Bid4Birds program, which incentivizes rice growers to utilize their fields as temporary seasonal wetland habitat for migrating shorebirds and other waterbirds.

This season, the Foundation enrolled six rice growers into Bid4Birds, involving 18 rice fields in the Sacramento Valley, creating about 1,500 acres of vital shoulder season habitat.  During site visits, 45 different species of birds were observed and documented utilizing enrolled fields. 

For more information, please contact the Rice Commission’s Wildlife Programs Manager, Luke Matthews, at lmatthews@calrice.org or (916) 607-8988.

Year Two of Our Pilot Salmon Project is Underway

Year Two of Our Pilot Salmon Project is Underway

We are pleased to report that we now have 9,000 baby salmon placed into winter-flooded rice fields as part of the second year of the California Rice Salmon Pilot Project.  These fish are in eight specially-prepared test plots in a living scientific experiment designed to determine if any unique extra treatments, such as deep channels or vegetative cover, make these fish food-rich rice fields even better habitat for these young salmon.  Later this season, they will swim off for their journey towards the Golden Gate, and about 1,000 will be tracked with sophisticated, surgically-implanted tracking devices in a truly cutting-edge scientific study.

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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.

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