Mallards are preparing to make nests in fields of winter wheat in the Central Valley right now, drawn by the lush cover.
But some of those nests won't hatch before the harvesters come through - at least not without your help.
Farmers have applied to enroll more than 9,300 acres in the incentive program. Our biologists are wrapping up surveys tomorrow to determine which fields are likely to produce the most mallards if harvest is delayed. All we need is funding to support the program so we can enter into contracts with farmers.
We believe we can get grant funding for this program next year, but this year we must rely on the generosity of our supporters. Our goal is to raise $150,000 to make 3,700 acres safe for mallard ducklings. Your generous donation of $200 will make it feasible for a farmer to absorb the risks of delaying harvest on five acres to give ducklings a fighting chance. Can you help us? You can choose any amount - just click on the DONATE button below to get started and help us reach this important goal.