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Wetlands

Wetland Programs

Since its launch in 2014, BirdReturns has been supporting farmers and wetland managers to adaptively manage their lands to benefit waterbirds. Now, with funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (Audubon California, Point Blue Conservation Science, and The Nature Conservancy) is expanding the BirdReturns Wetland Program to include additional geographies, incorporate new seasons, and increase participation. Private wetlands compose sixty-five percent of remnant wetland habitat in the Central Valley, making them important habitat strongholds. Many of these wetlands are managed to provide waterfowl habitat and subsequent hunting opportunities. By adjusting management of water depth and timing, private wetlands can meet habitat needs for a greater diversity of waterbird species. Encouraging the management of wetlands to provide multiple benefits to wildlife is especially important during different life stages, including for migrating shorebirds and molting waterfowl.

There are currently three BirdReturns Wetland Programs. Click the buttons below to learn more about each program.

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SPRING

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SUMMER

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FALL

SPRING

Application: January – February

Flooding Period: April

Flooding Practice: Gradual drawdown

Geographies: Central Valley, Delta, Suisun

SUMMER

Application: January – February

Flooding Period: April – July

Flooding Practice: Deep flooding

Geographies: Central Valley, Delta, Suisun

FALL

Application: May 17th – June 9th

Flooding Period: August or Sept – October

Flooding Practice: Early Flood-up

Geographies: Central Valley & Delta (excludes Suisun)


The BirdReturns Wetland Program is managed by the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (The Nature ConservancyAudubon California, and Point Blue Conservation Science), in partnership with Ducks Unlimited and the California Waterfowl Association. This program is possible thanks to the generous funding by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Rice Commission, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.


Questions? Contact Us!

Xerónimo Castañeda
(916) 737-5707 x119
xeronimo.castaneda@audubon.org

Ashley Seufzer
415-644-4608
ashley.seufzer@audubon.org