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Sandhill cranes are a thrill to see

March 31, 2012
By Robert M. Ungerer , The Post-Journal

On the morning of March 14 this year, 40,000 sandhill cranes were waking from their roost, wading on sandbars in the Platte River in central Nebraska, resting on their spring migration. I shared this sight with fellow local bird watchers Fran and Ranjit, and with Maureen from Lincoln, Neb, while we stood in a blind at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary along the Platte River. Last year, the sanctuary had 15,000 visitors from all 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries. The sight of 40,000 birds is staggering, so I wish to share this exciting experience with you.



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