Conservation Roundup: Fall 2015

Keeping the Wet in Wetlands: A Colorado Community’s Strategy for Securing Water 

By Rio de la Vista, Rio Grande Initiative Coordinator, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust

Community outreach made it clear that protection of the river corridors and senior water rights were a priority. So with the help of many partners, the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust launched the collaborative, landscape-scale conservation effort, the Rio Grande Initiative. Keep reading here.

Sagebrush Songbirds, a Barometer of Restoration Effectiveness

By IWJV Staff

A new study on sagebrush bird responses to juniper removal is a recent example of IWJV and Sage Grouse Initiative science investments. Continued investment in applied science is our conservation model for today and tomorrow. Discover this study’s findings here.

Following Curlews across the West: Grasslands, Agricultural Lands and Intertidal Mudflats

By Stephanie Coates and Jay Carlisle Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University 

Satellite tracking data of the Long-billed Curlew is showing how important working lands (e.g., flood-irrigated fields) are to its breeding success. Learn more about the curlew’s land-use patterns here. 

Water, Cattle and Conservation on a Desert Ranch

By Susan Abele, Nevada Partners for Fish and Wildlife/IWJV State Conservation Partnership Co-Chair

Maggie Creek Ranch in Nevada has proven you can have healthy fish and wildlife habitat along with a sustainable ranching operation. Find out how this ranch partners with neighbors across private and public lands.

Successful Grassroots Partnerships Highlighted at Annual Private Lands Partners Day in Nebraska Sandhills

By IWJV Staff

The 8th Annual Private Lands Partner Day took place in the Nebraska Sandhills this past September. This national gathering of private landowners and conservation partners is designed to promote landscape level, voluntary collaborations to ensure that working landscapes continue to provide for both people and nature. Read about this year's gathering here.

Ron Alvarado Recognized for Providing Crucial Capacity for Bird Conservation

By IWJV Staff

The IWJV Management Board thanked a key leader for his vision and staff resources that helped forward one of the largest conservation efforts in the West. Learn more here.

IWJV Announces FY 2015 Capacity Grant Awards

By IWJV Staff

Capacity grants are pivotal for facilitating new partnerships and for achieving landscape scale bird habitat conservation. Find out which projects were awarded capacity grants in 2015.