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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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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Playa Recharge Summit Provides Answers to Common Questions

Playas are a major source of recharge to the Ogallala Aquifer, contributing up to 95 percent of inflow of water to the aquifer and improving the quality of that water. For those who may have doubts, it was confirmed by 14 playa experts who participated in PLJV’s Playa Recharge Summit last November. The Summit was […]

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Book on Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens Released

A new volume of Studies in Avian Biology synthesizes the current body of knowledge on Lesser Prairie-Chicken, providing a valuable resource for future research and conservation efforts. The book, Ecology and Conservation of Lesser Prairie-Chickens, was edited by David Haukos and Clint Boal and includes a chapter coauthored by PLJV’s Conservation Science Director Anne Bartuszevige […]

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Graduate Student Conducts Research on Snowy Plover

An increasingly crowded world has spilled over into the Texas Southern High Plains, and the effects are contributing to population declines of a small bird that relies on the region’s saline lakes for survival. The snowy plover, a shorebird about six inches in length, uses regional saline lakes for nesting and as stopover habitats during […]

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Research Sheds Light on Regional Impacts to Playas

PLJV routinely states that there are approximately 80,000 playas found throughout the region—but recognizes that many are partially or no longer functional because of modifications from agricultural activities and other economic developments. Estimates of numbers of playas modified and differences among regions have been largely speculative. However, two recent papers have shed light on the […]

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Grassland Important for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provide important habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chicken; that is widely recognized by land managers across the region. However, few scientific studies have documented the importance of CRP to maintaining this species. In addition, those involved in habitat conservation efforts also often invoke the need for “large blocks of habitat” […]

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