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Migratory Bird Programs (video)

As part of its effort to expand and enhance California’s migratory bird habitat, the Foundation has invested in demonstrating science-based solutions, incentive programs, and new tools for achieving habitat conservation on public and private land. Having impact at the landscape scale requires strong relationships with private landowners and flexible tools that yield quantifiable and verifiable habitat benefits.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership – comprised of Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science – seeks to improve the health of Pacific Flyway bird populations by increasing the pace, scale, and effectiveness of migratory bird conservation in California. For more information, visit

The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) BirdReturns program uses precision science to identify when and where additional migratory bird habitat is needed most, and compensates private landowners for creating that habitat by temporarily flooding their fields. Since February 2014, TNC has created over 40,000 acres of “Pop-up Habitats” and counted over one million birds on these fields – densities that are up to 30 times higher than the numbers found elsewhere in the Central Valley. For more information, visit