Update on the Sandhill Cranes

Several of you asked me to keep you up to date after last month’s post about the sandhill cranes’ unusually long stay on the Platte River this winter.  Normally, we see them briefly in the fall as they pass through (usually overhead) toward Texas, New Mexico, and points south.  This year, however, several thousand cranes stuck around much longer.

I’ve been keeping track of the cranes since, but haven’t gotten around to writing an update.  It turns out that my friend Larkin Powell (University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of wildlife ecology) did my job for me on his own blog “A Land Ethic”.  I invite you to read his latest blog post here where he provides both an update on the cranes and thoughts about potential causes and ramifications.  After you read about the cranes, you can scroll down to see some excellent photos in his “Best of 2011” collection.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.

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