KAWS Celebrates 20 Years of Wetland Conservation in Kansas

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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NAWCA Small Grants Help Conserve 790 Wetland Acres in PLJV Region

In February, the North American Wetland Conservation Council approved four NAWCA small grants for wetland conservation projects within the PLJV region: Texas Playa Conservation Initiative, Southwest Nebraska Playa Restoration, South Fork Republican River and Kiowa Creek Ranch Wetlands. Together, the projects will restore or enhance 790 wetland acres, including nearly 500 acres of playas, in […]

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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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Region-wide Monitoring Effort to Inform Habitat Targeting and Evaluation

This year, PLJV joined a region-wide bird monitoring effort. The program, called Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR), is a large partnership-driven program that uses state-of-the-art approaches for the entire process, from the sampling design to how it reports results. The implementation of this program within the PLJV region is called IMBCR for PLJV. […]

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PLJV Releases 2015 Annual Report

2015 PLJV Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report demonstrates how PLJV is responding to economic and social challenges by expanding monitoring throughout the region, producing landscape design models that target habitat strategically, building capacity for habitat conservation through its grant program, restoring playas in New Mexico and the Texas panhandle for the benefit of wildlife and landowners, and gathering […]

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Partners Launch Texas Playa Conservation Initiative

Earlier this year, conservation partners launched a Texas Playa Conservation Initiative with partner meetings in Amarillo and Lubbock to discuss how to increase playa conservation efforts in the Texas Panhandle. Participants included representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), US Fish and Wildlife […]

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The Power of One

Tish McDaniel

The power of one person, in the right place, at the right time, cannot be underestimated. Tish McDaniel, a range conservation scientist for CEHMM (The Center of Excellence) and a recent recipient of the Hamerstrom Award, is a prime example. She is the first to admit that at times it was like pushing against a […]

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“Best Bang for the Buck” in Conservation

Duck Stamp

Any person who hunts ducks, geese, swans or brant, and is 16 or older, must carry a current Duck Stamp — or Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp — but that’s not the only reason to buy a stamp. For only $25 you can help secure vital breeding, stopover, and wintering habitats for waterfowl and […]

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