Less water means fewer wetlands for migrating birds

Sep 13, 2014 5:32 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Managers at wildlife refuges say water cutbacks mean they have just a fraction of their wetlands under water this fall, for migrating birds to rest and eat.
According to the Associated Press, California's drought has created dire conditions for what conservationists say is a bigger-than-normal bird migration ... that's starting up now from the Arctic and subarctic.
The state's rice farmers normally would have a quarter-million acres of fields flooded this winter that birds could stop in.
But Paul Butner of the California Rice Commission says that number may go as low as 50,000 acres this year.
The Nature Conservancy is working with farmers to lease 14,000 acres, that farmers will flood for the birds at different times through spring.


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