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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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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Playas Can Help Provide Sustainable Future for Towns

Over the past year, PLJV has had the opportunity to work with city leaders and prominent landowners in Clovis, New Mexico, on a visionary plan that features playa conservation as an important aspect of ensuring ongoing groundwater recharge and a sustainable future for their community. With more than 300 playas surrounding their town, the community […]

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Ducks Unlimited Receives Grant to Conserve Kansas Playas and Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited was just awarded $859,500 from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) standard grant program to conserve prairie wetlands, including playas on private lands, in Kansas. This project is a continuation of successful wetland conservation efforts by many partners including Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Pheasants Forever, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands […]

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PLJV + ConocoPhillips: Celebrating 25 Years

On June 22, 2016, PLJV celebrated 25 years of partnership with ConocoPhillips (Phillips Petroleum). PLJV was honored to have Don Hrap, president of ConocoPhillips Lower 48, and three of our ConocoPhillips board representatives (Kari Gibson, 2015-current; Eileen Dey, 2013-2014; and Tuss Erickson, 1997-2002) at the celebration. “The partnership between PLJV and ConocoPhillips is astonishing. I […]

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It’s More Than Counting Birds

As field biologists, many of us are innately observant. As field biologists conducting avian point counts, we are trained to take our observation skills to an entirely different level. In short, a point count begins with a rapid assessment of the habitat and surrounding vegetation, followed by six minutes of keen listening and observation. The […]

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Bird Monitoring Program Expands into Southern Great Plains

This year, the IMBCR bird monitoring effort expanded into the Southern Great Plains. To do that, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies needed to add more than 200 new survey locations and bring on additional field crew to finish the needed point surveys in the short bird-counting season. “We hired and trained 17 field technicians to […]

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