Many of our “craniacs” will have no doubt heard of the Platte River in Nebraska and perhaps have even visited the area. It is a powerful and important resource area for the Sandhill cranes, Whoopers and other birds to stop, rest, eat and put on weight before tackling the last of their journey to their breeding grounds in Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia. It’s one of the last great migrations that can still be viewed in the wild.
Human activity is encroaching on this area like so many others in the world. Dams and water diversions have created a completely different landscape than what was once there, putting much stress on the area to continue to be a safe haven for these migrating birds.
Special care must be taken to ensure the remaining land is preserved.