Partners Launch Texas Playa Conservation Initiative

Earlier this year, conservation partners launched a Texas Playa Conservation Initiative with partner meetings in Amarillo and Lubbock to discuss how to increase playa conservation efforts in the Texas Panhandle. Participants included representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Fish and Wildlife […]


The Power of One

Tish McDaniel

The power of one person, in the right place, at the right time, cannot be underestimated. Tish McDaniel, a range conservation scientist for CEHMM (The Center of Excellence) and a recent recipient of the Hamerstrom Award, is a prime example. She is the first to admit that at times it was like pushing against a […]


“Best Bang for the Buck” in Conservation

Duck Stamp

Any person who hunts ducks, geese, swans or brant, and is 16 or older, must carry a current Duck Stamp — or Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp — but that’s not the only reason to buy a stamp. For only $25 you can help secure vital breeding, stopover, and wintering habitats for waterfowl and […]


New Mapping Tool Shows Woody Encroachment in LEPC Habitat

A new woody encroachment data layer — available through the Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) web map — provides a broad-scale planning tool for resource managers to more effectively target Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LEPC) habitat improvement strategies. The data depict the extent and canopy cover of woody encroachment across the bird’s five-state range, […]


PLJV Receives National Conservation Award

2015 Wings Across the Americas Award

On March 11, Playa Lakes and Rainwater Basin Joint Ventures received the 2015 Wings Across the Americas Award for habitat conservation partnerships during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. The national award, given by the U.S. Forest Service, recognizes a partner whose work benefits a species or group of species […]