Playas are shallow, rain-fed wetlands that provide crucial ecosystem services, such as wildlife habitat, flood control, and aquifer recharge, throughout the Rainwater Basin in Central Nebraska and the High Plains in Southwest Nebraska. In addition to threats such as sedimentation and invasive species, playas may also be vulnerable to changes
Background The Working Lands Initiative (WLI) was embraced by the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) in 2010. Its goal is to increase the value of the remaining Rainwater Basin wetlands by stepping up grazing on them. If done correctly, grazing on wetlands can be an economically viable component of
The Joint Venture concept was initially described in the first North American Waterfowl Plan (NAWMP) in 1986. The original NAWMP was an innovative document completed in cooperation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service. For the first time, stakeholders collaborated to establish a set of
The 2019 RWBJV Informational Seminar was the 24th in a long line of useful and enjoyable seminars. The Seminar, with its plenary, tracked presentations, awards, exhibitors and networking opportunities had something for everyone. In this post, you will hear about its appeal from a landowner, an exhibitor, a graduate student,
The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar was held February 7, 2019 in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s seminar focused on projects and issues across the entire RWBJV Administrative Area including, and expanding beyond, the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex. The plenary session highlighted the North American Waterfowl Management
Join landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Ramada Midtown Grand Island (the former Hotel Grand Conference Center)
(Posted 9/5/18) Monarch butterflies, with their iconic orange and black-patterned wings resembling stained glass, are arguably one of the most loved and recognized insects in North America. Unfortunately, populations have experienced steep declines in recent years. A major factor is loss of their host plants, milkweeds, along their migration route.
Playas are shallow, rain-fed wetlands that provide crucial ecosystem services, such as wildlife habitat, flood control, and aquifer recharge, throughout the Great Plains. In addition to threats such as sedimentation and invasive species, playas may also be vulnerable to changes in precipitation and temperature associated with climate change. Playas are
(Posted 5/8/18) Since 2012, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture has helped fund research focused on better understanding the potential for and the impacts of cattle grazing in wetlands. The first project (2012-2014) focused on the impacts of cattle grazing on seed production in Rainwater Basin wetlands. An article based on
Hear what your colleagues and neighbors had to say about the 2018 RWBJV Info Seminar in these short audio clips. Then, plan to join them in 2019 to learn, network, exchange information, and have a great time!