Conservation

Enrollment Opportunity – State Winter Flooding Program

Enrollment Opportunity – State Winter Flooding Program

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.  

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Bid4Birds Application Deadline Extended

Bid4Birds Application Deadline Extended

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.

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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.