Created: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:52:00 CST
Updated: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:19 CST
Every year thousands of tourists come to Nebraska to get a sight of the magnificent migrating cranes, and now Audubon Nebraska has expanded its protection of the land the cranes call home while in our state.
Audubon Nebraska has purchased nearly 590 acres on the Platte River to expand its protection of the migrating sandhill and whooping cranes' habitats.
The new property sits in the center of Audubon's Rowe Bird Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was created 40 years ago to protect such habitats. The new purchase will bring the total acres protected at Rowe Sanctuary to more than 2,800 acres.
Bill Taddicken is the Director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary. He says the central location of this property near the middle of a critical habitat makes it a key component of Platte River conservation needs.
Funding for the land came from several organizations, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Walmart's Acres for America program, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission among others.