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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Two Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) feed on waste grain in near the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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Thousands of sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) roost on the Platte River during their annual migratory stopover at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE. With water in the river fully appropriated for urban areas and agriculture, many wonder how long it will be until the river runs dry. Some 600,000 to 800,000 cranes use just a few miles of the river in central Nebraska–areas that have been been mechanically cleared of the woody vegetation that the birds can’t tolerate.

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Phragmites grass (Phragmites australis) an invasive species of grass now found along the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at Rowe Audubon Sanctuary on the Platte River.

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A farmer rides a tractor on his farm near Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A flock of migrating Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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