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Omaha World Herald, June 1, 2021
An internationally respected naturalist and ornithologist, Johnsgard wrote more than 100 books and numerous scholarly papers, many of them about the landscape and wildlife of his adopted home, Nebraska. Johnsgard’s decades of writing, photography, artwork and educational endeavors helped bring to the public consciousness the value of Nebraska wildlife, especially the unique spectacle that is the sandhill crane migration. That, in turn, contributed to conservation efforts along the Platte River and a thriving tourism economy in central Nebraska.