Shorebird habitat use and nest-site selection in the Playa Lakes
Lake Wyara is a saline playa lake
in a complex of lakes and wetlands in Currawinya National Park (Fig.
our report is not an entry into that debate, but presentation of data on associations and dissociations between black-tailed prairie dogs and small rodents at the ecologically rich areas of playa lakes
(Haukos and Smith, 1992; Smith, 2003).
About 22,000 to 40,000 playa lakes
dot the Southern High Plains, which includes the Texas Panhandle and part of neighboring New Mexico.
The playa lakes
included in this study are located in a 43 county geographical area bordered on the north by the Canadian River and on the east and west by escarpments (Osterkamp & Wood 1987).
As development occurred over the past several years, the playa lakes
have seen increased permanent water surfaces, Keenum continued.
Smith (1992), Ecology of Playa Lakes
, Waterfowl Management Handbook Leaflet 13.
The Playa Lakes
Joint Venture is a five-state effort to restore a network of playas so that migrating waterfowl have adequate resting and feeding grounds.
However, associations of black-tailed prairie dogs with playa lakes
have not been investigated.
In the cotton growing regions of the SHP there are over 20,000 playa lakes
, which are small, shallow wetland depressions (Gustavson et al.
The use of unlined "solar evaporation ponds" to dispose of deadly waste was a sham, the suit alleges, since company studies showed that no more than 60,000 gallons of waste water a day were evaporating, while an additional 1 million gallons of liquid waste per day were being sluiced into the ponds and prairie playa lakes
through crude ditches.
The Woodland Potholes and Basins community contains numerous freshwater playa lakes
and three hyper-saline lakes.