Photo by Muriel Clark
Photos from North Platte were published by CNN on Earth Day, part of a piece written about the best wild places in the U.S. Naturalist Beth Pratt has been exploring and celebrating wildlife since she was a child, from the great whales of Cape Cod to the Sandhill cranes that stop near North Platte every spring as they migrate north.
Photos of cranes west of North Platte were part of an article about Pratt and seven of Prattís favorite wild places in the U.S.
The photos were taken by Muriel Clark of North Platte and represent the annual migration. The photos are from the website of the North Platte-Lincoln County Visitorís Bureau, where Clark works.
Hereís a little of what Pratt said about Nebraska and the annual migration, with a recommendation to stop in Kearney and North Platte.
Platte River, Nebraska
In college, I drove across country every summer, visiting national parks and other wild areas. One year I visited friends in Kearney, Nebraska, the Sandhill Crane Migration capital of the world.
More than 80% of all of the world's sandhill cranes (about 500,000) make a pit stop in spring here before heading north to their summer breeding grounds. In addition, more than 10 million ducks and geese travel here as well. That's a lot of birds.
The spring migration runs from February to April. If you want to avoid the crowds and get out of the cars, birding friends recommend the North Platte Area such as at Buffalo Bill State Historic Park. In the Kearney area, Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary offers tours for a fee.
To read the CNN report, click HERE.
Clarkís fine photos are No. 11 & 12 on the list.