Partners Begin Restoring Texas Playas

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) staff have been busy recruiting landowners to participate in the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, which is designed to restore the natural function of playas by backfilling pits and trenches in playas surrounded by grass—at no cost to landowners. The partners currently have contracts to restore approximately 400 acres of playas […]

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PLJV Welcomes New Team Member

PLJV is happy to welcome its newest GIS analyst, Meghan Bogaerts, who joined the staff in November. In addition to helping PLJV update its landcover procedures to support landscape design, Meghan will also provide GIS support for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative. “We’re very excited to have Meghan join our GIS team,” says GIS Director Alex […]

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Colorado Upland Bird SAFE Sold Out in Six Days

Earlier this year, conservation partners in Colorado received word that a new Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) SAFE practice for upland birds was approved, with 20,000 acres allocated for a nine-county area in the northeastern part of the state. Within six days of the program opening, all 20,000 acres were enrolled, with most people choosing […]

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Land Purchase Completes Drummond Flats Wetland Basin

Ducks Unlimited recently purchased the last two parcels of land needed to completely protect the historic 4,000-acre Drummond Flats wetland basin in north central Oklahoma. A 2017 PLJV ConocoPhillips grant helped Ducks Unlimited acquire the 125 acres, which will become part of Drummond Flats Wildlife Management Area (WMA). “It was essential that these properties be […]

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USDA Accepts Migratory Bird SAFE Offers

In early June, USDA decided which offers from the first round of the newly-established Migratory Bird, Butterfly, and Pollinator Habitat State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (Migratory Bird SAFE) practice would be accepted, resulting in 3,884 acres of playas and surrounding uplands accepted into the program. Within six weeks, from late February to the end of […]

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IMBCR for PLJV: Answering Partners’ Management Questions

Last year, the PLJV partnership began collecting data through the Integrated Bird Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program to provide much-needed, scientifically defensible estimates of bird distribution and abundance that will help target and evaluate habitat projects throughout the region. Now that the 2016 IMBCR for PLJV data have been completed, PLJV is working […]

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Studying the Human Dimensions of CRP Participation

Why do landowners participate in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)? To what extent do landowners who no longer participate in CRP continue to manage their land as grass versus plow it out? What do landowners need that would help catalyze their land stewardship after their participation in CRP ends? These questions are the focus […]

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Field Day Kicks Off Playa Conservation Effort in Curry County, New Mexico

A diverse group of organizations and individuals are collaborating to conserve and restore playas in Curry County, New Mexico, with the goal of supporting the City of Clovis’ municipal water supply and providing needed habitat for migratory birds. The partnership includes city and county government agencies and organizations, soil and water conservation districts, local landowners, […]

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Colorado Study Helps PLJV Improve Energetics Calculations

Adam Behney, an avian researcher at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, recently completed the first phase of his research study on foraging ecology of ducks and shorebirds in the South Platte River Basin, which was partially funded by a 2016 PLJV ConocoPhillips grant. The research directly addressed information PLJV needs for biological planning and will provide […]

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PLJV ConocoPhillips Grant Helps Protect North Platte River Habitat

Ducks Unlimited used a 2017 PLJV ConocoPhillips grant to help acquire a permanent conservation easement that protects 164 acres of North Platte River frontage in Nebraska. Completion of this project brings the total protected acres along the North Platte River in Scotts Bluff County to over 7,800 acres. In protecting this property, Wetlands America Trust […]

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