The Cranes Are Here


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Migration 2013 has begun, and Nebraska’s portion of the Central Flyway is alive with greater and lesser sandhill cranes, the rare whooping crane, eagles and prairie chickens. Though the cranes are admittedly kings of the season, their vast numbers along the Platte River an astounding spectacle of wings and sound, don’t miss the other amazing natural beauty and wildlife viewing the season has to offer. Arts and cultural events also abound during migration season. To help you on your journey, Prairie Fire’s annual “Migration Field Guide” insert begins on page 7. Don’t forget to read George Happ and Christy Yuncker Happ’s sandhill crane story on page 12, through which the above photo was provided.

We encourage you to use our insert’s informational resources, including the “Guide to Central Nebraska,” the calendar of events and the “Central Nebraska Viewing Guide” to plan your visit to central Nebraska. The state has a lot to offer for birders, casual or professional, and tourists to the area. And, of course, if you haven’t yet seen the cranes along the Platte, you really should go this year. It’s “must-see” bird-watching at its finest.

—Cris Trautner

Immigration in Nebraska