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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PLJV Works With Industry to Guide Energy Development Near Playas

The western Great Plains provides abundant energy resources—from oil and gas to wind and solar—but often the necessary infrastructure needed to capture that energy is placed in the middle of or near playas. To help energy developers understand the importance of playas and how to preserve their functionality as wildlife habitat and recharge wetlands, PLJV […]

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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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Four PLJV ConocoPhillips Grants Support Wetland Habitat

The PLJV Management Board awarded $88,000 in PLJV ConocoPhillips grants this year. All four of the funded projects will contribute to the conservation of bird habitat in the region through wetland habitat restoration, enhancement or preservation. “This is the 26th year we have received funding from ConocoPhillips to award grants that support bird habitat within […]

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Over $376,000 in NAWCA Grants Support Wetland Projects

Last month, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council selected four projects within the PLJV region to receive North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) small grants. Together, these four projects will provide over $376,000 in federal funds and another $431,000 in matching funds to support long-term wetland acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of more than 1,200 acres, […]

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First-year Results of Region-wide Bird Data Are In

Lark Bunting

Many species of grassland birds unique to the western Great Plains—such as Colorado’s state bird, the Lark Bunting—are in steep decline. What appears to be a small decline of 3% per year will amount to a loss of more than half of the Lark Bunting population over a 17-year period, and this is happening to […]

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Seventeen Playas Restored in Four States as Part of Demo Project

In December, PLJV finished a two-year playa restoration project, funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund, that filled pits in 17 playas in four states. Of those, 14 playas are on US Forest Service National Grasslands: four on Kiowa National Grassland in New Mexico, nine on Comanche National Grassland in Colorado, and one […]

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