One of the world’s greatest migration spectacles will be in full swing in March but we’re already receiving reports from Georgia and Tennessee of migrating flocks of sandhill cranes getting an early start.
Each spring, toward the end of March, as many as 500,000 will stop to rest and fuel up at Nebraska’s central Platte River at an 80-mile stretch of the river.
Smithsonian Magazine’s Alex Shoumatoff and wildlife photographer Melissa Groo documented their trip to Nebraska last migration season for the recent edition of Smithsonian Magazine. (CLICK to read)
The most popular place to see the sandhills on the river is the National Audubon Society’s Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, just outside Fort Kearney. If you can’t make the trip, you can still watch the action via Rowe Sanctuary’s live video feed.