Nearly 9,000 Acres of Playas Enrolled in Migratory Bird SAFE

In September, the USDA Farm Service Agency accepted 167 offers, totally 8,988 acres of playas and surrounding uplands, into the Migratory Bird, Butterfly, and Pollinator Habitat State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (Migratory Bird SAFE) practice. Of those offers, 125 of them were in western Kansas and 42 in western Nebraska. “It’s really gratifying to watch […]

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Ongoing Outreach Key to Community-wide Playa Conservation

For the past several years, 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 — and a key component of that plan is […]

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NAWCA Council Awards $1.4 Million to Support Wetlands in PLJV Region

Spotted Tail Creek Complex

This year, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council funded five projects within the PLJV region to receive North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants. Together, these five projects will provide $1.4 million in federal funds and another $2,206,303 in matching funds to support long-term wetland acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of more than 13,126 acres, benefiting […]

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City of Clovis and PLJV Join Forces to Provide Municipal Water and Bird Habitat

On Tuesday, June 19, the City of Clovis and Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) formalized their partnership with a joint resolution to provide public education about the significance of playas to groundwater recharge and wildlife habitat and to restore playas in Curry County, New Mexico, so they can better provide those benefits. The resolution was […]

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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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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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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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