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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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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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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