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WERC scientists at the Dixon Field Station conduct studies from the San Francisco Bay-Delta in California to the Great Basin spanning California and Nevada.

The Dixon Field Station is located near the center of the Central Valley of California. This region winters 60 percent of the Pacific Flyway waterfowl and 20 percent of the waterfowl in North America. Federal, state, and private natural resource managers are challenged with impacts from the loss of 95 percent of California's wetlands, rapid urbanization, and agricultural and industrial contamination.  

Fieldwork is conducted in the Pacific Flyway states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, with international work in the Pacific Rim countries of Canada, Mexico, and Russia. Specialized expertise in geographic information systems and global positioning systems provides critical support to the research program. The Dixon Field Station biologists are internationally recognized for standard and satellite telemetry applications in wildlife studies.  

The principal investigators, biologists, and technical staff at the Dixon Field Station are currently conducting research to determine: ecological risk of contaminants on wildlife at the San Francisco Bay-Delta, Central Valley, coastal California, Alaska, Florida Everglades, and Great Salt Lake (Utah); specialized studies of the effects of mercury on avian reproduction or ecology; breeding and wintering ecology of waterfowl in the Suisun Marsh and Central Valley; movements and habitat use of shorebirds, seabirds, and waterfowl; predation effects on avian nesting ecology; and baseline and restoration potential of salt ponds at San Francisco Bay.

Among clients and partners are Department of the Interior agencies (including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Grassland Water District, Ducks Unlimited Inc., Grassland Resource Conservation District, California Waterfowl Association, University of California at Davis, Natomas Basin Conservancy, California Coastal Conservancy and California Bay Delta Authority.