Annual Sandhill Crane Migration Reaches The Platte

Photos of the estimated 600,000 birds' migration through South-Central Nebraska

Photo by Tom Hermanek
The early birds claim their places for the night.

Tom Hermanek, Features Editor

National Geographic has called it one of the most magnificent sights in North America. I’m not talking about the Grand Canyon, but rather the annual sand crane migration which passes through Central Nebraska each spring and fall.

The cranes, over 600,000 in all, spend their days eating corn left behind from the previous year’s harvest, and they spend their nights on the sand islands and shallow waters of the Platte River so as to stay out of reach of predators like coyotes.

Visitors can enjoy views similar to those pictured by taking the two and a half hour drive to Grand Island, NE, during the early spring and late fall.

Tom Hermanek - Managing Editor

Tom became a member of The Flightline in January of 2015. He is a senior who is involved in mock trial and swimming. Off campus, Tom spends his time with friends or working at Starbucks. You can email him at [email protected]