Media Update: Drought and the Ducks

DU Biologist Virginia Getz spoke to Fox40 News in Sacramento at a California Rice Commission media event on Thursday, further illustrating how the lack of water in the Central Valley is not hurting just rice farmers.

“These birds are heavily dependent on ag lands, and in the Sacramento Valley that’s primarily rice to offset some of that habitat loss,” said Virgina Getz of Ducks Unlimited.

Growers and wildlife activists are hoping the El Nino rains will reach Northern California this winter, but that can’t be predicted.

“Last year we had a big heavy rain in December that kind of saved things in the valley … we can hope for the same kind of thing this year, but I wouldn’t count on it,” Getz said.

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