Amazing Crane Migration

Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:00pm

Each year along the shores of the Platte River, near Kearney, Nebraska, a phenomenal natural event takes place—the spring migration of the whooping and sandhill cranes. Though the great migrations of the buffalo and passenger pigeon have become obsolete, there still exists, unknown to many, an opportunity to witness an equally spectacular occurrence in the crane migration.

Most friends of JGI are unaware that each year, the organization offers a fundraising trip to Kearney, giving our guests the opportunity to see this amazing migration and meet the people who have dedicated their lives to studying and protecting cranes and crane habitats.

This past spring, I joined Scott Weidensaul, a celebrated expert on avian behavior, for a five-day trip to the Platte River with a wonderful group of dedicated JGI supporters. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you images and video footage of the trip, as well as inside stories about the things we learned and saw over the course of our exciting visit.

Witnessing the crane migration was a special experience that I will never forget. I look forward to reliving it with you!


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