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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First-year Results of Region-wide Bird Data Are In

Lark Bunting

Many species of grassland birds unique to the western Great Plains—such as Colorado’s state bird, the Lark Bunting—are in steep decline. What appears to be a small decline of 3% per year will amount to a loss of more than half of the Lark Bunting population over a 17-year period, and this is happening to […]

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It’s More Than Counting Birds

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 […]

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Bird Monitoring Program Expands into Southern Great Plains

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 […]

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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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Graduate Student Conducts Research on Snowy Plover

An increasingly crowded world has spilled over into the Texas Southern High Plains, and the effects are contributing to population declines of a small bird that relies on the region’s saline lakes for survival. The snowy plover, a shorebird about six inches in length, uses regional saline lakes for nesting and as stopover habitats during […]

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Grassland Important for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provide important habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chicken; that is widely recognized by land managers across the region. However, few scientific studies have documented the importance of CRP to maintaining this species. In addition, those involved in habitat conservation efforts also often invoke the need for “large blocks of habitat” […]

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