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 […]

Read more >>

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 […]

Read more >>

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 […]

Read more >>

ConocoPhillips Grant Helps Restore Riparian Habitat

Over the past several years, the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission have been working with private landowners to restore more than 1,000 acres of wet meadow, riparian woodland, and mixed-grass prairie along the Upper Niobrara River in Nebraska. With the help of a PLJV ConocoPhillips grant, the partners recently […]

Read more >>

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through Prescribed Burn Associations

Neighbors helping neighbors is a proud tradition in the western Great Plains — from community barn raisings to moving cattle. Prescribed burn associations are a modern manifestation of that long-lived pioneer tradition. They are composed of ranchers and farmers, and their neighbors, relatives and friends who work together to bring back another ancient tradition, fire, […]

Read more >>

Partners Use ConocoPhillips Funding to Help Restore Wetland Habitat

In 2011, Ducks Unlimited received a ConocoPhillips grant to help restore over 196 acres of wetland habitat in Weld County, Colorado, and protect it through a 30-year conservation agreement with the landowner. The property has been owned by the family since 1979 and managed as a wildlife refuge and family duck hunting property for the […]

Read more >>

Partners Help Texas Landowner Restore Playas

When Jan Minton inherited her great-grandfather’s farm in Floyd County, Texas, she knew she was going to need some help. As a former Natural Resources Conservation Service biologist, she understands that ranching and protecting the natural ecosystem are not mutually exclusive. Wanting to restore the wetlands on the property, she reached out to the D.M […]

Read more >>