The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now soliciting applications for its second year of the California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program (State Winter Flooding Program). In 2018, the State Legislature passed AB 2348, a bill carried by Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry to enact the State Winter Flooding Program and authorized $5 million to support the initial development and start-up of the Program.READ MORE
The second year of our Pilot Salmon Project fieldwork has yielded some exciting results and should pave the way for the Rice Commission and our fish conservation partners to develop methods to utilize winter-flooded rice fields to help struggling salmon populations.READ MORE
The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation) is extending the enrollment period for its Fall 2020 Bid4Birds Habitat Program which funds specific projects to provide shallow flooded habitat. The Foundation will be accepting applications until 5 pm Monday, July 20. If you are interested in the program please check out the details and consider submitting a bid on the website.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation), in collaboration with the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership, is opening up enrollment for its Fall 2020 Bid4Birds habitat program. Key information and application can be found on the Foundation website.READ MORE
The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation), in collaboration with the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership, is happy to announce the upcoming enrollment period for the Fall 2020 Bid4Birds habitat program. Bid4Birds is the Foundation’s partner program to The Nature Conservancy’s BirdReturns program.READ MORE
We are very pleased to announce that the CRC and our partners have been selected for a nearly $5.5 million Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Award. This will continue to fuel our storied legacy of working collaboratively with our many valued conservation partners to enhance waterbird habitat on working ricelands.READ MORE
Early provisional data from real time receivers reporting to the CalFishTrack system are showing great promise for the survival of our first rice field-reared salmon release this season. As of today, 4.5 percent of our salmon have made it to Benicia. This is the last real-time receiver that hears the pings from our fish as they sprint toward the Golden Gate.READ MORE
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 email@example.com or (916) 607-8988.