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 […]


PLJV Seeks Grant Proposals to Support Bird Habitat Conservation

Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) announces the availability of funding, through the ConocoPhillips grant program, for projects that support habitat conservation for wintering, migrating and breeding birds within its region. PLJV boundaries include portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Funding is available for proposals in three categories — habitat conservation, research, […]


Support Bird Conservation With Every Amazon Purchase


Now, with every Amazon purchase, you can help support bird habitat conservation in the western Great Plains. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Go to 2. Select Playa Lakes Joint Venture as the organization you’d like to support. 3. Start shopping. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to […]


It’s More Than Counting Birds

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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 […]


Bird Monitoring Program Expands into Southern Great Plains

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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 […]


Middle School Students Help Inform Playa Conservation

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Last month, PLJV staff gave a presentation about the Playa Modifications Assessment citizen science project to middle school students at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder, Colorado. After talking about the importance of playas to both wildlife and people of the western Great Plains, GIS Director Alex Daniels taught the class how to classify playa imagery by […]


Two $1 Million Grants Support Wetland Conservation in Colorado and Kansas

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Earlier this year, Ducks Unlimited was awarded two $1 million grants for wetland habitat conservation and restoration in Colorado and Kansas from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) standard grant program. Both grants will help Ducks Unlimited and its partners continue providing important wetland and grassland habitat for migratory birds. “Water, especially, is a […]


KAWS Celebrates 20 Years of Wetland Conservation in Kansas

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Last month, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) celebrated its 20th anniversary. Since its inception in 1996, KAWS has been collaborating with local communities, conservation organizations, wildlife agencies and local governments to promote conservation of the streams, riparian areas, playas and prairies of Kansas. They have brought together a broad range of partners—including Ducks […]


PLJV + ConocoPhillips: 25 Years of Habitat Conservation

In 1990, shortly after Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) was formed, ConocoPhillips joined the Management Board and helped to create the business foundation of our operations. Twenty-five years later, we celebrate this collaboration which has helped provide 68,000 acres of habitat throughout the region, benefiting 66 priority bird species including Whooping Crane, Greater and Lesser […]


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 […]