The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science), in partnership with the Delta Conservancy, and with funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will soon be accepting online bids for the BirdReturns-Late Summer Farmlands Habitat Program. This program offers farmers and landowners in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the Sacramento Valley an opportunity to receive financial compensation for providing a few weeks of ponded or shallow flooded habitat for migratory birds.

The application for this program consists of a one-page bid form and will require a map and a bid price per acre for each proposed field. Applications are being accepted from May 8 to June 17 at noon.  Applicants interested in this practice should expect to be sprayed by mosquito abatement districts and should work with local district representatives to determine the approximate abatement fees prior to applying to ensure that they are accounting for these fees in their bids. Growers can find their mosquito vector control district here.

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


Dates:  Tuesday, May 21, 2024 & Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Time:  12:00pm

Venue:  Staten Island House, 23319 N. Staten Island Rd. Thornton, CA 95686


Dates:  Wednesday, May 22, 2024 & Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Time:  12:00pm

Venue:  San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation, 3290 Ad Art Rd. Stockton, CA 95215


Dates:  Thursday, May 23, 2024 & Thursday, June 13, 2024

Time:  12:00pm

Venue:  Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau, 475 Palora Ave., Suite A Yuba City, CA 95991


About the Delta Conservancy

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy was established in 2009 to pursue the co-equal goals of environmental and economic protection of the Delta community. Through both internal programs and grant-funded projects, our goal is to bring integrated environmental, economic, and social benefits to the Delta.

The Delta Conservancy collaborates with local communities, interested groups, fellow science experts, and state and federal agencies to seek creative opportunities to address challenges and progress these efforts within the Delta. The Conservancy is a member of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) and intends to advance the Delta Plan through increased coordination.

The Conservancy strives to prioritize and fund projects in a balanced manner according to geography and our legislative responsibilities. We understand the importance of completing each of the projects we manage, identifying restoration priorities, and achieving our goals in a way that brings the best possible results for all members of the Delta community.

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