In this new paper, published online yesterday in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, we formally estimate that Riverina rice fields support 500-1000 bitterns, about 40% of the global total. It provides a foundation for our future work with bittern-friendly rice growing. The key message: previously overlooked, rice fields can play an integral role alongside natural wetlands in the conservation of the Australasian bittern. Thanks to all the rice farmers who made this study possible, and to everyone else involved. Please click on the link below to access the paper and download a pdf for free until August 29. Afterwards, feel free to email email@example.com for a copy.