Free Playa Field Day on Feb. 15 in Tulia, Texas

Landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, and the interested public are invited to attend a Playa Field Day on Thursday, February 15, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Activities will begin with coffee and refreshments at the Swisher County Annex Meeting Room (310 W. Broadway) in Tulia, Texas. Playas are shallow, rain-fed wetlands found throughout the Great Plains. When wet, […]

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PLJV Welcomes New Team Member

PLJV is happy to welcome its newest GIS analyst, Meghan Bogaerts, who joined the staff in November. In addition to helping PLJV update its landcover procedures to support landscape design, Meghan will also provide GIS support for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative. “We’re very excited to have Meghan join our GIS team,” says GIS Director Alex […]

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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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Register Now for Playa Workshop

The New Mexico Environment Department is hosting a playa training in Clovis, New Mexico. The event is free and open to participants from Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Wetlands Across Borders Meeting on Playas A Wetlands Across Borders Meeting focused on playas of the Southern High Plains will be held Dec. 12-15 in Clovis, […]

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“A Difficult Decision to Leave PLJV”

In July, PLJV staff said farewell to Bob McCready, who left to take a part-time contract position to expand the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Conflict Resolution program to Colorado and Nevada. After 15 years with the Joint Venture—first as a management board member representing The Nature Conservancy (and board chairman) and then as Deputy Coordinator—Bob […]

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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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IMBCR for PLJV: Answering Partners’ Management Questions

Last year, the PLJV partnership began collecting data through the Integrated Bird Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program to provide much-needed, scientifically defensible estimates of bird distribution and abundance that will help target and evaluate habitat projects throughout the region. Now that the 2016 IMBCR for PLJV data have been completed, PLJV is working […]

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PLJV Works With Industry to Guide Energy Development Near Playas

The western Great Plains provides abundant energy resources—from oil and gas to wind and solar—but often the necessary infrastructure needed to capture that energy is placed in the middle of or near playas. To help energy developers understand the importance of playas and how to preserve their functionality as wildlife habitat and recharge wetlands, PLJV […]

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