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.
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.
- PLJV Waterfowl Team Report
- PLJV Waterbird Team Report
- PLJV Shorebird Team Report
- PLJV Landbird Team Report
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.
- Colorado BCR 18
- Kansas BCR 18
- Kansas BCR 19
- Nebraska BCR 18
- New Mexico BCR 18
- Oklahoma BCR 18
- Oklahoma BCR 19
- Texas BCR 18
- Texas BCR 19
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.