Places We Go: Sandhill Crane Migration

I lived in Kearney for four years, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I discovered the wonder of the Sandhill Crane migration. Every year from late February/early March through early April 500,000 Sandhill Cranes stop along the central Platte River to build up their fat reserves before heading farther north. I dream about someday renting a photo blind and borrowing a telephoto lens as long as my arm, but for now loading the family in the van with a picnic dinner and a pair of binoculars to drive around the dirt roads in Buffalo County and brave the cold to find a place on the river to watch the cranes come in at sunset is pretty good too.


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