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Potluck & Speaker Series: "Crane Song" Documentary

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
6:30 pm8:30 pm
Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
9325 S Alda Rd
Wood River, NE 68883

6:30 Potluck Supper
7:00 Program
Please bring a dish to share (optional)
Plates, utensils, and drinks provided
"Crane Song," a vibrant documentary by Nebraska Public Media is a stunning visual essay of the Sandhill Crane's migration through Nebraska, weaving together striking images and majestic sounds of the birds' journey with the stories and insights of the individuals who observe these creatures, as well as landowners endeavoring to ensure a habitat that is welcoming to the cranes.
Featuring spectacular and profound cinematography of the cranes, "Crane Song" introduces some of the people captivated by the birds, from some of the thousands who visit the Platte River Valley each year to observe the birds, to Nebraskan Michael Forsberg, one of the world's premier crane photographers, as well as University of Nebraska-Lincoln paleontologist Mike Voorhies; Shelton, Neb., landowner Tony Hempleman, who has cleared vegetation from his property to improve the crane's habitat; and ornithologist and author Paul Johnsgard, who has studied the birds for more than 40 years.

"You get this, not a cacophony but a symphony really, of all these wonderful sounds and these birds coming in as if they were sort of synchronized to music landing in the water," Johnsgard says during the program.

Forsberg comments that, "I think sheer spectacle. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen… in the right moment… it’s just incredible… there’s nothing else like it."

The program also visits the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wis., where aviculturist Sara Zimorski explains how Sandhill Cranes have been instrumental in saving the highly endangered Whooping Crane.