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Sacramento’s Responsibility to Conserve Birds of the World

An Ecological Responsibility

Migratory Birds are facing a stark reality; their home in the Central Valley is also shared by thousandths of acres for Riceland Farming. Without the rice fields, the Pacific Flyway (a major north-south flyway for migratory birds in America, extending from Alaska to Patagonia) would likely crash.

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation is working hard to preserve the Pacific Flyway (map below) and promote the ongoing conservation of quality habitats for Watebirds in the Sacramento Valley while maintaining a healthy and viable California rice industry.

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PACIFIC FLYWAY: Waterbird Flyway extending from the Arctic to Patagonia
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A Powerful Partnership

Our Foundation is unique because we foster a true partnership between rice growers and waterbird conservation groups—that symbiosis allows long term conservation benefits for future waterbird generations.

Our success will depend on supporters like you who want to be a part of this legacy.

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Burrowing Owl

Real and quantifiable waterbird conservation programs

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Black-necked Stilt

A Word from the Director

Our core mission is to build upon our legacy of providing food for millions of migrating waterbird in the Sacramento Valley. In addition to approximately 50,000 acres of existing conservation projects, we have invested over $60,000 in [2018] to secure an additional 1,000 acres of high quality habitat for shorebirds.
— Paul Buttner, Executive Director

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We’re Heading in the Right Direction

Through over a decade of work to develop and refine beneficial waterbird practices, the Foundation now has a working model for receiving private and public financial contributions and efficiently putting these dollars right onto the ground in real, quantifiable waterbird conservation programs.

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