Ducks Unlimited celebrates Circle of Life with California Rice Commission

DU Western Region Director of Public Policy Gary Link, Regional Biologist Craig Garner, DU Manager of Conservation Programs Virginia Getz, California Assemblyman James Gallagher, Montna Farms President Nicole Montna Van Vleck, and DU Western Region Director Mark Biddlecomb gather at the California Rice Commision's Circle of Life Reception on April 25 in Sacramento.

Ducks Unlimited was proud to support its partner in habitat conservation, the California Rice Commission, at the annual Circle of Life Reception in downtown Sacramento last week, highlighting the economic and wetlands conservation benefits California’s rice farmers bring to the state.

Each year, between 500,000 and 600,000 acres of rice are planted in the Sacramento Valley, providing habitat for more than 230 species, including many birds. In a typical fall and winter, around 250,000 to 350,000 acres of this rice land is flooded, providing significant and essential habitat for Pacific Flyway waterbirds and nearly 60 percent of waterfowl food resources in the Sacramento Valley.

The reception took place at the Sheraton Grand and drew nearly 150 people, culminating with Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle capturing the coveted Capitol Roller Award as the State Capitol’s best sushi roller.