The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has awarded a three-year, $15 million contract to expand TNC’s BirdReturns program in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science and Audubon California. Our state has lost more than 95% of its historic wetlands, leading to chronic habitat shortages for migratory waterbirds. For almost a decade, BirdReturns has helped birds in the Central Valley by creating temporary wetlands when and where they need them most. The program is working, but more work is needed. This investment is the largest of its kind given to a single entity, a testament to BirdReturns’ track record and the trust we’ve built with CDFW. These funds are going toward habitat creation and supporting our BirdReturns team so they can make sure the program endures as long as migratory birds need it. More DEPTH.