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New video: Massive crane numbersTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Kimberly Baxter
Loose ranks of cranes in field on the outskirts of North Platte, March 29.
Photo by Kimberley Baxter
More cranes on the west side of the city, March 29. (click on image to enlarge)

Thousands of Sandhill cranes take off over the North Platte River near Hershey on Easter morning, in a video by Muriel Clark that is now posted on our website.

Clark took the video at dawn from her vantage point deep in the river.

As dawn arrives, the cranes noisely take off, heading to surrounding fields to load up on food during the day.

The video is at lower right on the Bulletin's front page.

The cranes stop in Nebraska on an annual migration from the southern states and Mexico all the way to Canada. They stop to rest and store food and energy before they finish the journey.

Thousands stop in the area between North Platte and Sutherland, aside from the more broadly recognized area between Overton and Grand Island.

Typically, the Sandhill cranes depart on the warm spring winds of mid-April.

This year, the number of cranes seem to be extraordinarily high. They are pushing into areas next to North Platte.

On Friday, March 29, hundreds of cranes swarmed in a field off West Second Ave., not far from North Platte's west fire station, pictured here.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/1/2013
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