A Shared Future for Wildlife and People

The mission of Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is to conserve the playas, prairies and landscapes of the western Great Plains — including portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas — through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. The partnership works to restore playas to support the sustainability of the Ogallala Aquifer and the communities, agricultural producers and wildlife that depend on its water; restore wetland and grassland habitat to increase waterfowl and game bird populations that support hunting, birding and other recreational activities; and make our wildlife goals consistent with societal goals of clean and abundant water. We are vested in helping to make sure producers, local communities, birds and other wildlife all prosper and thrive in this landscape. Read More >>

OUR GOAL: 42,481 Healthy Playas *

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*Healthy, functioning playas provide important habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. To continue to work effectively, playas need their basins to be intact, excess sediment removed, and a filtering grass buffer that traps sediment while allowing water to reach the playa. Learn More

Support Bird Conservation With Every Amazon Purchase

It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Now, with every Amazon purchase, you can help support bird habitat conservation in the western Great Plains. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to PLJV — with no extra cost to you. #1-Go to smile.amazon.com. #2-Select Playa Lakes Joint Venture as the organization you’d like to support. #3-Start shopping.

Need Help on a NAWCA Small Grant Proposal?

For those interested in submitting an application for the NAWCA Small Grants Program, PLJV can help. We can help conceptualize the project, suggest additional partners, review the proposal, and provide the necessary bird conservation information including the project value for birds.

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