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SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:49:33 PM »

When the 2016 Forum was started, the 2015 history of this topic was lost.  Here is a good start on some reading material.  http://www.nebraskatravels.com/sandhill-crane-migration.html

The migration (estimated at 500,000) started quite early this year.  The best viewing times are sunrise and sunset.  The cranes depart the Platte river in the morning and visit the local corn fields for feed.  Then in the evening return to the Platte to spend the night.

There is a cam at one of the viewing sites at http://rowe.audubon.org/birds/crane-cam.

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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2016, 08:21:30 PM »

Volunteers needed for annual crane count

http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/announcements/community/article_7ea9c94a-2ca4-5620-878c-196f18beb7bf.html
I was not aware that an actual count was taken.  Wonder how they would conduct something like that when there are around 500,000 cranes that come through the area.   The magnitude of the number has always fascinated me.  We have seen them live and in person and they do cover the sky at times providing shade from the sun.  It has always appeared they arrive and depart in droves with a constant change in numbers.

Has anyone on these forums ever participated in a count of this type??
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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2016, 08:07:33 AM »

Nebraska and the Arctic - As the crane flies ...

http://arcticjournal.com/opinion/2267/crane-flies

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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2016, 08:27:22 PM »

Study: little overlap between wind turbines and sandhill crane

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/study-little-overlap-between-wind-turbines-and-sandhill-crane-310135a3-740d-2e74-e053-0100007fce12-376632901.html

Sadly, they did not include the middle of Nebraska where 100's of thousand's cross the Platte River twice a year.  Can you imagine the slaughter that would happen if a wind farm was built in their wide pathway across the State???
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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2016, 04:32:20 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2016, 05:20:14 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 01:56:29 PM »

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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2016, 11:22:08 PM »

Sandhill, Whooping Cranes Spotted Outside Chicago (2 very cool videos)

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2016/10/31/sandhill-whooping-cranes-spotted-outside-chicago


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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2016, 09:11:26 PM »

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Escale [Stopover]: https://nature365.tv/november-14-2016/

We had to share this lovely Nature 365 video from Jim Brandenberg. The first birds to appear are cedar waxwings. The second birds are sandhill cranes. While this video was shot in the northern United States, more than 80% of the world?s population of sandhill cranes converge on Nebraska's Platte River valley - a critical sliver of threatened habitat in North America's Central Flyway. Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese. For more information, follow this link: http://www.nebraskaflyway.com/the-spring-migration-of-the-?/

I love sandhill cranes in part because of their beauty, and in part because their vocalizations always evoke a more primitive, wilder world for me. According to Wikipedia, the oldest unequivocal sandhill crane fossil is 2.5 million years old, which puts it into the Pleistocene era. This is about 1.5 million years older than the first bald eagle fossil, which appeared roughly 1 million years ago. Sandhill cranes echo an era filled with wildlife unknown to us outside the fossil record: North American horses, glyptodons, mastodons, dire wolves, scimitar cats, and sabertooth salmon, just to name a few. So much has changed, but bald eagles and sandhill cranes are still with us.





Nebraska Flyway - The Spring Migration of the Sandhill Cranes

http://www.nebraskaflyway.com/the-spring-migration-of-the-sandhill-cranes/

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Re: SandHill Crane Migration across Nebraska
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2017, 07:23:05 PM »

Book Review - A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

http://www.americanornithologypubs.org/doi/full/10.1650/CONDOR-16-159.1

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