Advancing the quality of Sacramento Valley Wildlife Habitat

Promoting a Better Future

Due to substantial losses of California’s wetlands, waterbirds in the Pacific Flyway heavily rely on rice fields. Our job is to enhance these riceland habitats used by over 200 species of wildlife.

Who We Are

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (“Foundation”) is a partnership between rice farmers and conservation groups for the long-term sustainability of habitat for waterbirds and other wildlife in California’s Sacramento Valley.

This close relationship between the Foundation and the California Rice Commission brings a significant number of California rice growers to the table who are willing to alter their farming practices for the benefit of waterbirds. In addition, cooperative contributions from many waterbird conservation partners promote experts collaborating on solutions for these issues.

After over a decade of work, the Foundation efficiently uses private and public financial contributions and efficiently puts these dollars right onto the ground in real, quantifiable waterbird conservation programs.


Your donations at work

By supporting our mission to protect the habitats that help waterbirds flourish, you are playing a key role in protecting them from the damage caused by urbanization and reinforcing the fragile ecosystem in California’s Central Valley.

We invest 80% or more of your donations directly into valuable habitat projects.

Our Progress

We continue to work directly with our rice growers to implement conservation projects that significantly improve habitat for key wildlife species. Since our inception, we’ve accomplished the following:


Acres Enrolled


Completed Habitat Projects


Birds Counted in 2019

How You Can Help

If you would like to support the California waterbirds habitat, getting involved is easy:


Become a Habitat Acre Sponsor


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