Great Friend of Ducks and Rice recognized by UC Davis

By Paul Buttner

Strong leaders are vital to maintain the rich habitat that Sacramento Valley rice fields and wetlands provide to hundreds of wildlife species. Paul Bonderson is one of the key people helping maintain this environment.

It was a pleasure to attend a recent event at UC Davis to see Paul, a great friend of ducks and rice, be recognized for his contributions to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences by receiving an Award of Distinction at its annual College Celebration. The Award of Distinction is the highest recognition from the College to individuals whose contributions and achievements enrich the image and reputation of the College and enhance its ability to provide public service.

The list of organizations Paul Bonderson generously supports with both his time and financial support is actually much too long to list here but let me mention just a few:
• Welcomes “Freedom Hunters” (a Veterans organization) to a special hunt at his duck club.
• Opens up his club to an annual event enabling UCD students to get a complete, hands-on understanding of habitat management and duck hunting.
• Strong supporter of both Ducks Unlimited (DU) and California Waterfowl hosts numerous youth/family hunts, various bird conservation committee and fundraising events in coordination with both of these groups each year.
• Personally hosts one of DU’s most elegant and successful annual fundraising events in Danville called the Blackhawk Event.
• Has been a strong supporter of the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation since its inception.
• Currently serves as the Chairman of DU’s Board of Directors.

Paul Bonderson is completely devoted to the long-term health of the waterfowl resources of the Pacific Flyway and beyond. We are lucky to have such a sincere, dedicated friend of the Flyway right here in the Sacramento Valley. Through his commitment and ongoing support of his wife Sandi, Paul is building a legacy of habitat conservation that we will benefit the Flyway for decades to come. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences made an excellent choice in recognizing him with its prestigious award.


Paul Buttner is Manager of Environmental Affairs for the California Rice Commission.