DU Conserve: Central Valley

California's Central Valley has lost over 90 percent of its historic wetlands habitat. See how Ducks Unlimited and partners are working to save and restore this vital wintering area in this week's Conserve Film.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – August 12, 2019 – Ducks Unlimited has released the latest film in its online series DU Conserve films.

In Central Valley, the habitat rich Sacramento Valley of California is explored and explained through the eyes of those that depend on it. Millions of ducks and geese spend each winter here, their impact can be seen and felt all around.

Watch the film at www.ducks.org/media/du-conserve.

This is rice country, some of the richest in the world. California Rice Industry Environmental Affairs Manager Paul Buttner knows the importance of rice lands to waterfowl.

“We have a half million acres of rice here in the Sacramento Valley,” Buttner said. “That’s mixed in with about seventy-five thousand acres of managed wetlands. The food provided by the flooded rice fields is so essential to the flyway now.”

Virginia Getz is a DU waterfowl biologist who manages Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited’s western region. She knows the impact of quality wetlands habitat in the Central Valley to the Pacific Flyway.

“It supports 60% of the migrating and wintering waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway,” said Getz. “In an average year that translates to over five million ducks and two million geese depending on those landscapes to survive the winter.”

Al Montna’s support of Ducks Unlimited and wetlands conservation has been critical to wintering waterfowl health in the Central Valley. Pull up to Montna Farm headquarters and the sign slogan says it all, “sustaining agriculture and waterfowl.”

He grew up in Yuba City, California, and farming was in his blood. “It was a desire of mine from the time I was five or six years old,” he said. “I love the farm.”

He life’s work revolves around farming the right way and giving back to the land.

Paul Buttner sums up Montna Farms dedication to preserving what’s left of the Central Valley’s wetlands habitat. “They are very serious about wildlife conservation. Conservation is as important as growing rice at Montna Farms. It’s part of their business plan.”

DU Conserve Films is sponsored by YETI and First national Bank of Omaha.

The 2019 season includes four films released each week in August.

Film episodes focus on the Boreal Forest, California’s Central Valley, the Prairie Pothole Region and the Gulf Coast.

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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.

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