Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River, Nebraska
Sandhill Cranes gather on the Platte River and in surrounding fields and set meadows during their annual migration north. The habitat essential for the cranes survival is a mutual product of the Platte River and the High Plains Aquifer. Some half a million cranes come to this 40 mile stretch of the Platte creating a magnificent spectacle. The Platte is intimately tied to the High Plains Aquifer, feeding it in some places, drawing water from it in other places. Additionally the aquifer creates the wet meadows that are essential to the cranes because they feed on invertibrates there.