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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PLJV ConocoPhillips Grant Helps Protect North Platte River Habitat

Ducks Unlimited used a 2017 PLJV ConocoPhillips grant to help acquire a permanent conservation easement that protects 164 acres of North Platte River frontage in Nebraska. Completion of this project brings the total protected acres along the North Platte River in Scotts Bluff County to over 7,800 acres. In protecting this property, Wetlands America Trust […]

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Seventeen Playas Restored in Four States as Part of Demo Project

In December, PLJV finished a two-year playa restoration project, funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund, that filled pits in 17 playas in four states. Of those, 14 playas are on US Forest Service National Grasslands: four on Kiowa National Grassland in New Mexico, nine on Comanche National Grassland in Colorado, and one […]

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PLJV + ConocoPhillips: Celebrating 25 Years

On June 22, 2016, PLJV celebrated 25 years of partnership with ConocoPhillips (Phillips Petroleum). PLJV was honored to have Don Hrap, president of ConocoPhillips Lower 48, and three of our ConocoPhillips board representatives (Kari Gibson, 2015-current; Eileen Dey, 2013-2014; and Tuss Erickson, 1997-2002) at the celebration. “The partnership between PLJV and ConocoPhillips is astonishing. I […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Evolution of the U.S. Farm Bill

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) spends considerable time working with Farm Bill conservation programs—from conservation delivery and policy staff who spend time working with partners to ensure more effective on-the-ground application of the programs to the science staff who develop biologically-based decision support tools to site these programs for the most effective and efficient […]

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