By Lydia Quiring
When the cranes land at the Platte, the book gives a brief description on where they land, but also the danger of landing. While at Rowe Sanctuary I got to see the land of the Platte first hand, but the book was based back in the 1860 when the Platte was wider, and had less vegetation than now. We compared the difference of the Platte then and the Platte now. The difference was huge in a lot of the Platte, but the 80 mile stretch of land where the cranes stay is the most similar to how it used to be. It was a shock to see how much we lost since then and it makes me wonder how life would have been if it had not changed.
In the book, a small crane gets lost trying to land and crashes into the river. I did not see any of that while at Rowe Sanctuary, but the danger was there: the danger of the power lines, the possibility of getting left behind (like in a storm), or the difficulty of getting sucked into the low river (because cranes can't swim).
Finally, this part of the book shows the instinct all the cranes have to leave the Platte river and head further north; an instinct bred into them and also taught to them. I learned at the sanctuary that cranes learn everything they know from their parents.
Habitats and Food
Reflection on Rowe Sanctuary
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