Implementation Planning for Conservation

Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) has developed a suite of biological planning tools to help partners target and evaluate bird habitat conservation efforts and increase conservation efficiency. Partners are encouraged to download the tools below and contact PLJV Science Director Anne Bartuszevige for help in using them in planning for a particular project. Our Conservation Delivery Team, Christopher Rustay and Matt Smith, are also available to help with project planning and implementation.

PLJV Step-down of Continental Bird Conservation Plans

PLJV took the conservation and population objective recommendations described in the four continental four bird conservation plans and applied them to our landscape. These team reports describe how the continental recommendations were scaled to create bird population objectives and goals for the PLJV. The reports also describe habitat needs for each of the four bird groups at the regional scale.

Area Implementation Plans

Population goals and objectives derived in the bird team reports above were scaled-down further to create nine Area Implementation Plans that cover the six states in the PLJV region by Bird Conservation Region (BCR) areas. These plans provide area-specific guidance on recommended habitat management actions that, if implemented, should result in all priority birds reaching population goals.

PLJV is currently working on an update to the Implementation Plan using a landscape design process. For information on the current plans or progress on the update, please contact Anne Bartuszevige at 303-926-0777.

Hierarchical All-Bird System (HABS) Database

The Hierarchical All-Bird System (HABS) database was created to determine the current carrying capacity of the PLJV landscape for birds. The database is used to compare carrying capacity to stepped-down national and international bird plan objectives to determine what kind of and how much habitat work needs to be done, such as in the Area Implementation Plans above. This system is also used to evaluate large-scale habitat programs (e.g. Farm Bill programs, burn councils) and their potential affect on bird species.

Species for Management Action Database

The Species for Management Action database provides information on all birds that have occurred within the PLJV boundaries. Information includes bird population estimates for North America, shortgrass prairie (BCR 18) and central mixed-grass prairie (BCR 19), as well as the various statuses of birds from national bird conservation plans and government entities. The database also includes population trends provided principally by the Breeding Bird Survey and other sources. The PLJV uses this information to help prioritize species for different conservation actions such as monitoring or habitat work. A draft of proposed species for habitat action can be found in the Access reports in the Species for Management Action database.