Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



Date of this Version



Nebraska Bird review (March 1984) 52(1).


Copyright 1952, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Since 1942, there have been eight confirmed Whooping Crane (Grus americana) sightings on the Platte River (Whooping Crane Recovery Team. 1983. List of confirmed whooping crane migration sightings of the Wood Buffalo - Arkansas population. U.S. Fish and Wild\. Serv., Washington, D.C. 18 pp.). The largest number of birds on the Platte was five although seven were seen flying along the Platte near Kearney in April 1980. On 27 October 1983, five adult Whooping Cranes were reported feeding in an idle cornfield 3.5 mi. NE of Denman in Hall County and later, these 5 individuals were observed landing in the Platte to roost for the night. Personnel from the Platte River Whooping Crane Trust and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arranged to confirm this report the following morning.