When bird watchers in Northern California want to see a diverse population of birds, they need to look no further than the rice fields that line the landscape. The region is home to millions of ducks and other birds that are drawn to the fields. After harvest the fields are flooded with water to break down leftover crop residue. Flooding is a change from burning the residue, which was reduced through regulation in the early 1990s.
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Department of Food and Agriculture
California Rice Commission
Central Valley Bird Club