Follow the data to follow the birds

Understanding the ways various decisions could change the habitat and livelihood of birds is always an important aspect of a project, no matter the scale. For habitat projects within the PLJV region, there is an online tool that can provide that type of information to conservation planners and project managers. The Rocky Mountain Avian Data […]

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Explore the data found in 2019 IMBCR State Reports

To help better understand potential uses of the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center, we’ve put together a query to illustrate how the database can be used and act as a gateway to exploring it. In 2019, PLJV used IMBCR grids to evaluate how grassland birds respond to increasing percent cover of shrubs, particularly mesquite. Preliminary […]

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Partnership’s Accomplishments Highlighted in 2019 Annual Report

PLJV’s 2019 annual report is now available, and we’d like to thank all of our partners! In addition to developing new tools for the benefit of our partnership and regional communities, such as an interactive playa map and landowner films, PLJV continued to work with partners on Playa Conservation Initiatives in Texas, New Mexico and […]

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IMBCR Data Backs Up Findings in West Texas

These days, when Matt Poole and his team go out to survey the land at Matador Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in west Texas, they’re pretty happy with what they see. Where these areas of the Rolling Plains of Texas used to be overrun with invasive plants like mesquite, they are now seeing it return back […]

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PLJV Expands Woody Encroachment Study

A recent Audubon North American Grasslands and Birds report highlights the need to not only protect our remaining grasslands but also to prioritize and direct our conservation efforts to areas that will support grassland birds now and into the future. Within the PLJV, one of the best ways we can do that is to remove […]

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Audubon Releases Report on Grasslands and Birds

The National Audubon Society recently released a report, North American Grasslands and Birds, that evaluates the sensitivity of grassland bird species to climate change and identifies which grasslands are strongholds against both climate change and land use conversion and which are vulnerable to those processes. PLJV collaborated on the chapter addressing the southern Great Plains […]

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Do Shrubs Push Out Grassland Birds?

The PLJV partnership has been using the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program to monitor grassland bird populations since 2016, with most of that sampling designed to measure birds across average conditions. However, shrub encroachment is becoming more and more of an issue, one that many of our conservation partners are wanting to […]

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Studying the Human Dimensions of CRP Participation

Why do landowners participate in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)? To what extent do landowners who no longer participate in CRP continue to manage their land as grass versus plow it out? What do landowners need that would help catalyze their land stewardship after their participation in CRP ends? These questions are the focus […]

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Colorado Study Helps PLJV Improve Energetics Calculations

Adam Behney, an avian researcher at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, recently completed the first phase of his research study on foraging ecology of ducks and shorebirds in the South Platte River Basin, which was partially funded by a 2016 PLJV ConocoPhillips grant. The research directly addressed information PLJV needs for biological planning and will provide […]

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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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