Rice fields flooded early through MBHI were home to an average of 15 migratory birds per acre, compared to two birds per acre on rice fields not flooded.
Catfish ponds flooded early showed heavy biodiversity with 40 species of ducks, shorebirds and other water birds visiting them.
Over seven times more migrating shorebirds were observed on shallowly flooded idled catfish ponds enrolled in MBHI than on other catfish ponds.
MBHI-enrolled catfish ponds in Mississippi met nearly all the established shorebird migration habitat goals for the region.
BHI-managed habitats provided up to 28 percent of the winter waterfowl food energy needed in the Mississippi Delta and up to 25 percent needed in southwestern Louisiana.