Reminisce on the great migration of the Sandhill cranes | History

After roosting on the Platte River near Wood River, Nebraska, sandhill cranes begin their daily search for food during their annual migration.



Every spring, roughly a million sandhill cranes (more than 80% of the world’s population) have a standing reservation for the Platte River in central Nebraska.







Sheritha Jones Omaha World-Herald Chief Librarian


CHRIS MACHIAN, THE WORLD-HERALD


The annual spectacle and sound of cranes filling the sky and the river channels — even loafing and feeding in wetlands and cornfields — attracts tens of thousands of nature enthusiasts from around the world.







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The experience in a Crane Trust blind in the morning is a feast for the eyes. Watching the sun rise from the river, glimmering off hundreds of thousands of cranes takes your breath away.

Let’s listen to their calls, observe their elegant silhouette, admire how gracefully they move by dancing.

Look up at the sky or follow their tracks and reminisce on the big birds that put on a big show in central Nebraska.







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2008: As the sun sets, sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the Platte River at the Rowe Sanctuary and Iain Nicholson Audubon Center south of Gibbon, Nebraska.


JEFF BEIERMANN, THE WORLD-HERALD








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2010: Tracks of a sandhill crane from its overnight stay on the sandbars and in the shallow waters along the Platte River Valley in Buffalo County, Nebraska.


MARK DAVIS, THE WORLD-HERALD








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2006: A sandhill crane dances in a cornfield before heading to the Platte River to roost for the night near Alda, Nebraska.


MATT MILLER, THE WORLD-HERALD








EDS: Small image GIBBON - A sandhill crane plays with a corn cob left over from harvest near the Ft.  Kearny State Historical Park south of Kearney, Neb., on March 13, 2008. (Staff Photo by Jeff Beiermann)

2009: A sandhill crane plays with a corn cob left over from harvest near the Ft. Kearny State Historical Park south of Kearney, Nebraska.


JEFF BEIERMANN, THE WORLD-HERALD








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2004: Gary and Lana Stickney check out the view from the Crane Meadow blind during the sandhill crane’s annual spring migration north.


JEFF BEIERMANN, THE WORLD-HERALD








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2012: Sandhill cranes along the Platte River near Grand Island.


ALYSSA SCHUKAR, THE WORLD-HERALD








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1997: A lone sandhill crane flies through a rising sun south of Kearney along the Platte River.


JEFFREY Z. CARNEY, THE WORLD-HERALD



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