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      Crane Migration Heading to Central Nebraska

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      Each spring over a half million sandhill cranes congregate on Nebraska's Platte River and the time is nearing to view the spectacular sight.

      The Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon offers nature enthusiasts a chance to view the sandhill crane migration. From March 2 to April 7, the sanctuary will have daily crane viewings hosted by expert guides.

      According to the Audubon Center, the Platte River Valley is the most important stopover on the cranes' long migration north from Texas, Oklahoma or Mexico.

      Many individuals going to view the cranes, go to take pictures, listen to the cranes and watch their courtship display.

      "It is an amazing sight to see and hear," said Bill Taddicken, director of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary.

      Events hosted by the group include sunset and sunrise visits to blinds along the Platte River.

      These guided tours are about two hours long and the fee is $25/person. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve a tour, call 308.468.5282 or go online to http://rowe.audubon.org/.

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