Get paid to flood your wetlands!

BirdReturns Wetland Incentive Program pays private wetland owners to provide habitat for shorebirds and other waterbirds by flooding outside of the hunting season. By adjusting the management of water depth and timing, private wetlands can meet habitat needs for a greater diversity of waterbird species!

Applications for the Spring and Summer BirdReturns Wetland Incentive Programs are now open!

Application Period: January 12th – February 4th, 2024 (Deadline Extended!)

Geographic Region Included: Central Valley, Delta, Suisun Marsh

To learn more about the programs and to complete a quick online application, please visit the BirdReturns Website.

Notable Changes: This year, both programs will have fixed rates, eliminating the bid system. Please, carefully review the program details before applying to ensure a smooth application process.

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