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A Narrative in Five Parts: Sandhill Cranes – March 10, 2017

Witnessing an ancient ritual play out by the Platte River

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It is 19 degrees at 6 am in mid-March in Kearney, Nebraska. 
I am in a bird blind at the Rowe Sanctuary awaiting the fly-off
of sandhill cranes. There are hundreds of thousands of cranes –
murmuring, purring, babbling among themselves. It is impossible
to speak above them, and whispering is barely allowed as I await
their fly-off. Last night I witnessed their fly-over and landing,
a majestic sight, one that I would call the 8th wonder of the world.

photo of many cranes on the wing, sunset skyphotos by MarianneClick or… more

by: Marianne Werner

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