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BirdReturns Seeks Farmers: Get Paid to Provide Habitat

The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science), in collaboration with the California Rice Commission and the Delta Conservancy, and funding from the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, is now accepting online bids for the BirdReturns-Late Summer Farmlands Habitat Program. This program offers farmers and landowners in the Sacramento Valley an opportunity to receive financial compensation for providing a few weeks of ponded or shallow flooded habitat for migratory birds. IMPORTANT: Although eligible for this program, rice growers are encouraged to apply to the Bid4Birds Program instead. Fields can be enrolled in only one wetland habitat program at a time.

Applications are being accepted from now through June 17 at noon. To apply, complete a one-page bid form with your bid price per acre and a map for each proposed field.

For more information, please visit the BirdReturns website or join BirdReturns for lunch and giveaways at one of the following in-person workshops!

Sacramento Valley:

Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau

475 Palora Ave STE A. Yuba City, CA 95991

5/23 or 6/13 at noon


North Delta:

Staten Island House

23319 N. Staten Island Rd. Thornton, CA 95686

5/21 or 6/11 at noon


South Delta:

San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation

3290 Ad Art Rd. Stockton, CA 95215

5/22 or 6/12 at noon 


BirdReturns Late Summer Farmland Habitat Workshop Flyer