The Central Flyway

Nebraska's Platte River valley is a critical sliver of threatened habitat in North America's Central Flyway.

The cranes come to rest and refuel for a month as they prepare for the arduous journey to vast breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia.  They arrive from far-flung wintering grounds in northern Mexico, Texas and New Mexico on an epic journey of thousands of miles.

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This map outlines the northward migration of sandhill cranes through Nebraska and the Great Plains from southern wintering grounds to northern breeding grounds in the Central Flyway.  

The red lines represent individual birds that have been tracked with satellite telemetry throughout their migration after being affixed with transmitters while they were on the Platte.