Two NAWCA Grants Help Restore Kansas Wetlands

In November, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved 24 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants, two of which are funding projects within the PLJV region. Ducks Unlimited received two $1 million grants for projects that will provide 15,680 acres of bird habitat in Kansas and Nebraska. “We are thrilled to see these projects funded,” […]

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What’s the Big Deal About Pits?

You may have seen the photos, or heard people talk, of deep holes dug in the basin of a playa or long ditches that siphon the water into the pit or another nearby drainage area. But what’s the big deal? Why should we care? The issue is that these modifications interrupt playas’ natural hydrology, reduce […]

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ConocoPhillips Grants Worth More Than Face Value

The PLJV ConocoPhillips grant program has supported habitat conservation for nearly 25 years, investing over $2.2 million into more than 260 projects around the PLJV region, with most of those projects providing habitat through traditional restoration or protection activities. Although ConocoPhillips grants are relatively small, $25,000 or less, they can provide greater value when used […]

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Texas Tech Develops Interactive Tool for Wetlands Conservation

In August, Texas Tech University’s Center for Geospatial Technology released a new Playa and Wetlands Database and web application for wetlands within a 52-county area that overlies the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico (see map). Together the geodata and web application can be used to support decisions concerned with water management and […]

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Graduate Student Conducts Research on Snowy Plover

An increasingly crowded world has spilled over into the Texas Southern High Plains, and the effects are contributing to population declines of a small bird that relies on the region’s saline lakes for survival. The snowy plover, a shorebird about six inches in length, uses regional saline lakes for nesting and as stopover habitats during […]

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Research Sheds Light on Regional Impacts to Playas

PLJV routinely states that there are approximately 80,000 playas found throughout the region—but recognizes that many are partially or no longer functional because of modifications from agricultural activities and other economic developments. Estimates of numbers of playas modified and differences among regions have been largely speculative. However, two recent papers have shed light on the […]

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Designing a DST to Answer the Right Questions

Decision support tool (or DST) is now a common phrase used throughout the conservation community. These tools—whether geospatial in nature or a simple flow diagram—are created in an effort to distill a large amount of information into one source to help inform a conservation decision. The lure of DSTs is easy to understand. Rendering complex […]

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