YCWA helps save waterfowl in Yuba County
With spring right around the corner, the District 10 Wild Duck Egg Salvage program will soon resume its efforts to safely rescue wild duck eggs in Yuba County.
The $5,000 contribution, approved today by the Yuba County Water Agency, will help the program continue its work in collecting and preserving duck eggs laid in crop fields from the heavy machinery used to mow the fields prior to spring planting.
Once the eggs are collected, they are transported to a hatchery to be monitored and incubated, and are eventually released back into the wild after they have been banded.
“The District 10 Wild Duck Egg Salvage program helps rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of wild ducks every year,” said YCWA General Manager Curt Aikens. “YCWA is able to contribute to programs like this because of the dual benefit our water provides for rice cultivation and waterfowl using the flooded rice fields.”
In 2017, the program raised and released 757 ducks, and over the past 25 years, has released more than 36,000 wild ducks total.