Monday, April 6, 2009

It's in the genes!

All my life I've heard about the amazing Sandhill Cranes who have been migrating through central Nebraska's Platte River valley this time of year for centuries. Last week I went to check them out. Sure enough, there they were! Amazing!...nearly 80,000 of them flocking up and down a small stretch of river where they roost for the night, rest up and refuel for a month before resuming their epic journey north to vast breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia. These big birds funnel into Nebraska from far-flung wintering grounds in northern Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. The arrival of Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River along with millions of other migratory birds that visit each spring is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent! 

In the fall of each year, over 80,000 Big Red football fans flock instinctively on home game days to Memorial Stadium in the SE Nebraskan city of Lincoln. This  spectacle is one of national admiration drawing fans and curious observers from the far reaches of the globe. To this Football Mecca they reliably return every year, where they're able to satisfy their football fix before returning to their natural breeding grounds. It's in their blood...

Go Big Red!

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