Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights Speaker Series Returns – Daily Democrat


With the fall upon us, the Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights lecture series returns beginning Thursday, November 3. The programs will be done via Zoom and will begin with a presentation by Cliff Feldheim of CalTrout titled “Fins and Feathers: Conserving Salmon and Birds through Habitat Restoration, Enhancement and Management.

CalTrout launched the Fish Food on Floodplain Farm Fields project in 2017, working with farmers and water providers to develop new practices to help restore fish populations in the Greater Sacramento Valley by reconnecting networks trophic wetlands derived from the floodplains to the Sacramento River.

Cliff will present the results of the Fish Food on Floodplain Farm Fields project and discuss planned expansion into the Delta, Suisun Swamp and San Joaquin Valley regions. He will also share efforts to integrate bird conservation into salmon habitat projects in rivers and estuaries from the north coast to southern California.

After five field seasons, flooding 30,000 acres of rice fields and 5,000 acres of managed wetlands, the project has shown that this scientific approach has the potential to augment depleted food resources in Central Valley rivers and help restore endangered fish populations. In addition to benefiting fish, studies have shown that supporting fish feed production can provide habitat for a variety of bird species, supplement rice traditionally flooded in winter, and can provide spring water and summer to declining breeding duck populations in California.

Flyway Nights is a monthly lecture series highlighting environmental issues, Northern California’s natural history, and current conservation research topics. The Yolo Basin Foundation is hosting Flyway Nights on the first Thursday of November through April through virtual presentations. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to the presentation.

A donation of $10 is suggested to support the Foundation’s wetland education programs. To register, visit www.yolobasin.org/flywaynights or call the Yolo Basin Foundation at (530) 757-3780.


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