Maximizing Waterbird Habitat on CA Ricelands
Year Awarded: Fiscal Year 2019
USDA Funding: $5,488,033.00
Partner-Contributed Funding: $11,040,384.00
Project Timeline: 2019 - 2024
Conservation Program Funded: Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP): Land Management
California Counties: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Madera, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba, Fresno, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties
Lead Partner: California Rice Commission
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation
Central Valley Joint Venture
Northern California Water Association
Point Blue Conservation Science
Rice Research Board
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Geological Survey
The Maximizing Waterbird Habitat on CA Ricelands RCPP Project is a conservation partnership that can provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers and landowners for implementation of wildlife habitat management practices that will increase the foraging, roosting, and nesting value of ricelands for wetland-dependent wildlife species in the Central Valley. The rice production region stretches from the Sacramento Valley in the north through the Delta and includes parts of the San Joaquin Valley in the south. The Central Valley includes several areas with critical designations for migratory birds, including the Sacramento Valley Wetlands and the Grasslands Ecological Area. These wetland complexes are recognized as Internationally Important under the Ramsar Convention, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, and Audubon’s Important Bird Areas.
- Increase nesting habitat by using flexible options to establish (phase 1) and maintain (phase 2) cover crops on fallowed rice fields due to water curtailments or other factors; thus, maintaining wildlife benefits even in years where the fields are not flooded for a rice crop.
- Provide critical wetland habitat to benefit waterbirds and other wildlife in rice fields.
- Implement a targeted pilot project to enhance non-productive areas of farms, using native plants and climate-smart principles, for the benefit of upland bird species and pollinators.
Nest cover Habitat
- 340 - Cover Crop
- 645 - Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
- 644 - Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
Permanent Wildlife Habitat
- 327 - Conservation Cover
- 386 - Field Border
- 420 - Wildlife Habitat Planting
- 649 - Structures for Wildlife
Wendy Krehbiel, District Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Colusa Field Office
Phone: (530) 792-5609