A Shared Future for Wildlife and People

The mission of Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is to conserve the playas, prairies and landscapes of the western Great Plains — including portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas — through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. The partnership works to restore playas to support the sustainability of the Ogallala Aquifer and the communities, agricultural producers and wildlife that depend on its water; restore wetland and grassland habitat to increase waterfowl and game bird populations that support hunting, birding and other recreational activities; and make our wildlife goals consistent with societal goals of clean and abundant water. We are vested in helping to make sure producers, local communities, birds and other wildlife all prosper and thrive in this landscape. Read More >>

Celebrating 100 Years of Bird Conservation

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Birds connect people to nature; add beauty, sound and color to our world; and provide ecological, economic, aesthetic and recreational benefits to humans and the natural environment. This year, 2016, marks the centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty, which adopted a uniform system of protection for nearly all migratory bird species that inhabit, and often migrate between, the United States and Canada. That treaty with Great Britain and the three that followed — with Japan, Russia and Mexico — form the cornerstones of PLJV’s efforts to conserve migratory birds. Read more >>

Region-wide Bird Monitoring Begins in April

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This year, PLJV joined a region-wide bird monitoring effort. The program, called Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR), is a large partnership-driven program that uses state-of-the-art approaches for the entire process, from the sampling design to how it reports results. Through this program, PLJV will greatly increase its ability to focus and evaluate habitat work and support proactive, targeted conservation action. Read more >>

PLJV Releases 2015 Annual Report

2015 PLJV Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report demonstrates how PLJV is responding to economic and social challenges by expanding monitoring throughout the region, producing landscape design models that target habitat strategically, building capacity for habitat conservation through its grant program, restoring playas in New Mexico and the Texas panhandle for the benefit of wildlife and landowners, and gathering scientists to review how to communicate about playas role in groundwater recharge.

Download Recharge Publications

Playas and the Ogallala Aquifer fact sheet

Looking for information about playas and aquifer recharge? The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with PLJV, conducted a review and synthesis of more than 175 publications about recharge rates and chemistry beneath playas and interplaya settings. Download the Recharge Rates and Chemistry Beneath Playas executive summary of key findings or PLJV’s Playas and Aquifer Recharge fact sheet, a more reader-friendly explanation of how playas recharge the Ogallala Aquifer.

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