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Migration of the Sandhill Cranes: A World-Class Experience

For birders, it doesn’t get any better than the Great Plains’ Central Flyway. Come see for yourself as you spot hundreds of species, including the world’s largest gathering of cranes.
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Nebraska

Migration of the Sandhill Cranes: A World-Class Experience

For birders, it doesn’t get any better than the Great Plains’ Central Flyway. Come see for yourself as you spot hundreds of species, including the world’s largest gathering of cranes.
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Program No. 7346 RJ
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At a Glance

The Central Flyway, a migration route following America’s Great Plains, is one of the most active birding regions in the Western Hemisphere. This environment supports the greatest birding diversity in the Midwest: 425 species travel through, 275 spend significant time and 90 species nest. Even in this environment, the migration of 600,000 Sandhill Cranes heading northward is a spectacular event. Expert lectures set the stage for observing the cranes, waterfowl, neo-tropicals and endangered species.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Observe Sandhill Cranes, magnificent birds with a wingspan of up to eight feet, up close from riverside viewing blinds.
  • In the Platte River Basin, an environment of conservation wetlands, grasslands and farms, encounter some of the 145 species that have been identified here.
  • Visit Raptor Recovery Nebraska, where injured birds of prey recuperate and are released back to the wild, for a live raptor presentation.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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On Ancient Wings: The Sandhill Cranes of North America (Natural History)
by Michael Forsberg
Rising from sandbars on the Platte River with clarion calls, the sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) feels the urgency of spring migration. Elegant, noble, and spiritual, the sandhill crane is one of the most ancient of all birds. More than a half-million strong, flying in squadrons, these majestic creatures point northward to their Arctic and sub-Arctic breeding ranges. Theirs is an epic story of endurance through the ages. With 153 stunning color photographs, On Ancient Wings presents sandhill cranes in their wild but increasingly compromised habitats today. Over the course of five years, Michael Forsberg documented the tall gray birds in habitats ranging from the Alaskan tundra, to the arid High Plains, from Cuban nature preserves to suburban backyards. With an eye for beauty and an uncommon persistence, the author documents the cranes’ challenges to adapt and survive in a rapidly changing natural world. Forsberg argues that humankind, for its own sake, should secure the cranes’ place in the future. On Ancient Wings intertwines the lives of cranes, people, and their common places to tell an ancient story at a time when sandhill cranes and their wetland and grassland habitats face daunting prospects.
Those of the Gray Wind: The Sandhill Cranes
by Paul A. Johnsgard
With Paul Johnsgard, we follow the annual migration of the sandhill cranes from the American Southwest to their Alaskan mating grounds and then home again. It is a flight unaltered in nearly ten million years. By presenting various cycles of the migration in four time periods from 1860 to 1980, Johnsgard, a prominent naturalist, is able to show how man's encroachments have imperiled the flocks. In each section there is interaction between a child and an adult brought about by some ritual event in the migration of the cranes. The story is enriched by the author's exquisite illustrations, by Zuni prayers, and by Eskimo and Pueblo legends.





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