Graduate Student Conducts Research on Snowy Plover

An increasingly crowded world has spilled over into the Texas Southern High Plains, and the effects are contributing to population declines of a small bird that relies on the region’s saline lakes for survival. The snowy plover, a shorebird about six inches in length, uses regional saline lakes for nesting and as stopover habitats during […]

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Research Sheds Light on Regional Impacts to Playas

PLJV routinely states that there are approximately 80,000 playas found throughout the region—but recognizes that many are partially or no longer functional because of modifications from agricultural activities and other economic developments. Estimates of numbers of playas modified and differences among regions have been largely speculative. However, two recent papers have shed light on the […]

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Designing a DST to Answer the Right Questions

Decision support tool (or DST) is now a common phrase used throughout the conservation community. These tools—whether geospatial in nature or a simple flow diagram—are created in an effort to distill a large amount of information into one source to help inform a conservation decision. The lure of DSTs is easy to understand. Rendering complex […]

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Land Trusts Reach Out to Ranchers

Three land trusts — Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), Ranchland Trust of Kansas and Texas Agricultural Land Trust — are working together to increase awareness of conservation easements and other conservation options in the private ranching communities of Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The private ranchlands in these areas support some of the largest […]

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Grassland Important for Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provide important habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chicken; that is widely recognized by land managers across the region. However, few scientific studies have documented the importance of CRP to maintaining this species. In addition, those involved in habitat conservation efforts also often invoke the need for “large blocks of habitat” […]

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The Duck Stamp — Not Just for Hunters

If you think the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly called the Duck Stamp, is just for waterfowl hunters, think again! Whether you like to hunt, bird, photograph wildlife and scenery, collect stamps, or conserve habitat, you’ll want to purchase this stamp. When you buy a $15 Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp, as much as $14.70 […]

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Seven Reasons to Buy a Duck Stamp

Buying a Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp is a simple and direct way for people to contribute to grassland and wetland conservation. Here are a few more reasons to buy a Stamp today. 1. A bargain at $15. The Stamp costs only $15, with 98% (or $14.70) going toward conservation. And it’s easy to purchase — nearly […]

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Why Buy a Duck Stamp

“I buy duck stamps for several reasons. The first is I am a birder. There are not many direct ways that birders can contribute to the health and well-being of the critters that provide them with enjoyment. There is no buying of licenses or a surtax on binoculars that goes toward conservation. I feel that […]

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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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