The Private Lands Program was initiated at Sacramento NWR Complex in 1981 to protect private wetlands in the Sacramento Valley for the benefit of migratory birds and other wetland dependent wildlife. Initially, the focus of the private lands staff was implementing the Service's Conservation Easement Program to protect existing wetland resources. Over the years, the Private Lands Program has grown to include the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and an active Technical Assistance Program. Today, the private lands staff works not only to protect wetlands but to restore, enhance and manage a variety of habitats for the benefit of migratory birds, anadromous fish, and threatened and endangered species.
The Private Lands Program hosts a biennial Private Lands Workshop which includes speakers, presentations, panel discussions, and field trips. The purpose of this workshop is to provide current information about waterfowl populations, wetland management, and other current conservation topics. Private landowners, partnering land-managers, and other conservation professionals are invited to attend and participate.
Here you can find some of the 2011 Private Lands Workshop PowerPoint Presentations(some of the files are large and may take some time to download):
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Often small groups of northern shovelers bring food to the surface by swimming rapidly in a circle while swinging their bills side to side. They strain aquatic vegetation, plankton, and tiny invertebrates through the comb-like edges of their shovel-shaped bill.