In 2006, in an effort to raise awareness about conserving our vital wetlands, the Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) produced Playas: Reflections of Life on the Plains.
Playas are a unique wetland found in the western Great Plains, with more than 80,000 in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Playas are truly reflections of life on the plains, sustaining wildlife and people in this parched terrain. The wetlands provide safe havens for millions of migratory birds, and are the primary source of recharge for the Ogallala Aquifer. Despite these benefits, playas are endangered and are fading from the landscape faster than people can protect them.
This 30-minute film explores the nature of playas, the value they bring to the region and how High Plains residents are working to protect these vital resources. The film features sweeping aerial footage of playas captured by hot air balloon and interviews with playa experts, biologists, landowners and community leaders throughout the six-state playa lakes region.
Watch the film below. It is also available on DVD. Contact Andrew Mackintosh at (303) 926-0777 to order copies.
Reflections of Life on the Plains
What Are Playas?
Playas and Wildlife
Playas and the Ogallala Aquifer
Playa Threats and Conservation
Playas, Economies and Awareness
- Lannan Foundation
- The Nature Conservancy
- Playa Lakes Joint Venture
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Colorado Division of Wildlife
- Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams
- U.S. Forest Service
- Ducks Unlimited