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Sandhill Crane Counts 2019 - Week 1

Update Week 1: Aerial Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) Counts of the Central Platte River Valley, 02/12/2019

On 12 February 2019, we detected 12,774+1,627 Sandhill Cranes in two sizable roosts. The Sandhill Cranes were roosting on solid ice. The river was totally frozen aside from slender ribbons of open water flowing through the deeper parts of the channel. We noted a few ice jams beginning to form in the western part of our survey area near Overton, NE. We also noted about 36 Trumpeter Swans just west of Overton on the main channel of the Platte River.