One of the greatest benefits of farming in the Sacramento Valley is the amount of habitat provided to wildlife. Rice farming provides valuable open space and habitat for ducks, geese, and shorebirds. In addition, farming practices within Reclamation District No. 108 provide habitat to many other wildlife species, some of which include species of special concern, threatened, or endangered. Below are pictures from various locations around the district of some wildlife that call 108 home:
Snow Geese Pheasant Pheasant Pheasant Green Pheasant Green Pheasant Egret Kingfisher Opossum Opossum Turkey Swainson Hawk Swainson Hawk Black Tailed Deer Black Tailed Deer Kingsnake Swans Swans Sheep Osprey Osprey Osprey Red Winged Black Bird Geese Geese Snow Geese Snow Geese Pelican Pelican Fox Cub Fox Cubs River Otters River Otter River Otter Gopher Snake Cormorant Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Ring Tailed Cat Golden Eagle Western Fence Lizard Western Fence Lizard RD Cat Giant Garter Snake Skunk Heron Honey Bee Canadian Geese Muskrat American Avocet Burrowing Owl Burrowing Owl Burrowing Owl Burrowing Owl Black Phoebe Peafowl Peafowl Tree Squirrel Ferruginous Hawk Ferruginous Hawk Ferruginous Hawk Western Meadowlark Great Blue Heron Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Bald Eagle Gopher Snake Gopher Snake Mink Mink Northern Harrier
Click on an image to link to Wikipedia facts about the species.
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Northern California Water Association has developed the following brochures on how farming in the Sacramento Valley provides habitat for fish and migratory birds:
Pacific Flyway Habitat in the Sacramento Valley
Restoring the Salmon Runs – a Time for Action