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Rice and Wildlife
California produces nearly five billion pounds of rice each year that gets used in various food products and exported around the globe. The rice farms that dot the landscape also sit in the Pacific Flyway which is home to millions of birds. Changes in rice farming practices have helped wildlife flourish.

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.

 

 

Links
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Department of Food and Agriculture
California Rice Commission

Central Valley Bird Club


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