Nearly 230 wildlife species benefit from California rice cultivation. Many, like this greater yellowlegs, enjoy foraging in the fields after the rice has been harvested. Leslie Morris/Courtesy photo

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Rice farmers’ contribution to habitat explored

By From page A7 | February 01, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights lecture series will feature Jim Morris, the communications manager for the California Rice Commission.

The commission represents the nearly 2,500 rice growers and handlers in the state that farm and process rice grown on more than 550,000 acres annually. It works primarily in the areas of legislation, conservation and public education.

Morris’ presentation is titled “California Rice 101.” Those attending the talk will learn the story of California rice from its start a century ago to world prominence today. In addition to being the sole source of sushi rice in the nation, California rice fields provide habitat for nearly 230 wildlife species.

The Yolo Basin Foundation offers Flyway Nights at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month from November to April. The talks take place at the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Yolo Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 Chiles Road. A $5 donation to support foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested, and Yolo Basin members are free.

For more information, call the Yolo Basin Foundation at 530-758-0530 or visit www.yolobasin.org.

Enterprise staff

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