Now, with every Amazon purchase, you can help support bird habitat conservation in the western Great Plains. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to PLJV — with no extra cost to you. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Go to smile.amazon.com. Select Playa Lakes Joint Venture as the organization you’d like to support. Start shopping.
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 >>
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.
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 USGS Circular: Recharge Rates and Chemistry Beneath Playas executive summary or PLJV’s Playas and Aquifer Recharge fact sheet, a more reader-friendly explanation of how playas recharge the Ogallala Aquifer.