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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PLJV 2016 Annual Report Available

The 2016 Annual Report, which is now available in print and as a PDF, demonstrates how the PLJV partnership continues to respond to conservation challenges across the region. Beyond the annual financial statement and acreage accomplishments for conservation delivery, the report also highlights our collaboration with the City of Clovis, New Mexico, to incorporate playa […]

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Middle School Students Help Inform Playa Conservation

Last month, PLJV staff gave a presentation about the Playa Modifications Assessment citizen science project to middle school students at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder, Colorado. After talking about the importance of playas to both wildlife and people of the western Great Plains, GIS Director Alex Daniels taught the class how to classify playa imagery by […]

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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, […]

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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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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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