Photo: Franklin's Gull
"A small, black-headed gull of the prairies, the Franklin's Gull is a common sight in the interior of North America, following plows to eat exposed worms, insects, and mice." Learn more about this and other birds at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds website. Photo courtesy of Tom Grey.
Tools for Industry
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) creates and maintains a region-wide spatial data layer of playas and county-based maps of playa locations. These resources can be very helpful for planning because playas can be difficult to identify on the ground or locate in aerial photos because they are often small, farmed, and/or dry.
Multiple sources of geographic data went into making the playas data layer and maps, including the National Wetlands Inventory, Soil Survey Geographic database, and satellite imagery. These wetland data were analyzed for each state in the PLJV region — Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas — to create the most comprehensive playa location map possible using remote sources. The playas layer contains locations of more than 80,000 playas across the PLJV region. The county-based maps are based on this layer and are available as PDF documents suitable for printing.
To obtain the playas data layer, download the playas shapefile. Click on a link below to view or download a county map as a PDF.
New Mexico Counties