Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11am PST
The Places We Protect: Cosumnes River Preserve
Lasting Legacy to Save the Pacific Flyway
Picture it. You're traveling cross-country. You're tired. Hungry. Just looking for a warm meal and a soft pillow to rest your head. But everywhere you look: "Closed." Every gas station, boarded up. Every hotel, shuttered.
This is what it’s like for millions of birds that depend on California's Central Valley as a pit stop on their migration over thousands of miles twice every year. California’s Central Valley used to be a rich wilderness, dotted with lush wetland terrain that made it prime habitat for tens of millions of birds on their yearly migration from the taiga of the Arctic to the coastlines of South America—the Pacific Flyway. These days 95 percent of those critical wetlands are gone along with many of birds. Yet, millions of waterbirds are hanging on because they've adapted to using flooded farmlands as replacement habitat. Unfortunately, the amount of habitat available to migratory birds is minimal and what’s left is at increasing risk.
TNC is at the leading edge of demonstrating creative, collaborative ways to ensure millions of birds traveling the Pacific Flyway can still find a safe home in the Central Valley—on farmlands and wetlands—and even recover to their once unimaginable numbers. Our work at the Cosumnes River Preserve has, for over three decades, been a central learning laboratory for how to do this.
In this webinar, we will share with you what we've learned and accomplished on the wetlands and farmlands we've protected and still manage, including at the Conservancy's 9,000 acre working farm, Staten Island, where we are showing how productive agriculture can live hand in hand with helping save one of the world's great migrations.
Join us as we explore the Cosumnes River Preserve.