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The great crane migration is underway in Nebraska's Platte River valley

They rest and refuel on their way to Canada
Posted at 11:38 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 12:38:47-04

Each Spring marks the continuation of something that has been happening for centuries.  Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes make their way through Nebraska's Platte River valley.   The cranes stop to rest and eat as they continue their epic journey from Northern Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico.

The Platte River valley is an ideal midway point and provides safe nighttime roosting spaces and grain from the nearby crop fields.  Their brief rest stop in Nebraska adds about 10 percent of their body weight and enables them to complete the next leg of the thousands of miles left on their journey North.