It’s the time of year when Sandhill Cranes flock to the Platte River to pick up a few pounds and possibly a date! To learn more about this yearly event and Sandhill Cranes, check out the titles below. The Nebraska Game and Parks Website also has some interesting information and videos, such as the one posted above.
- The Cry of the Sandhill Crane by Steve Grooms (598 GRO) : Discusses sandhill cranes, especially those along the Platte River in Nebraska. Contains an appendix with information on other cranes of the world.
- In Search of a Sandhill Crane by Keith Robertson (JF ROB) : Dismayed at the prospect of a summer in the Michigan wilderness, a young boy becomes increasingly fascinated by nature as he roams the woods in hopes of photographing sandhill cranes.
- On Ancient Wings by Michael Frosberg (598 FOR) : With 153 stunning color photographs, On Ancient Wings presents sandhill cranes in their wild but increasingly compromised habitats today. Over the course of five years, Michael Forsberg documented the tall gray birds in habitats ranging from the Alaskan tundra, to the arid High Plains, from Cuban nature preserves to suburban backyards. With an eye for beauty and an uncommon persistence, the author documents the cranes’ challenges to adapt and survive in a rapidly changing natural world. Forsberg argues that humankind, for its own sake, should secure the cranes’ place in the future. On Ancient Wings intertwines the lives of cranes, people, and their common places to tell an ancient story at a time when sandhill cranes and their wetland and grassland habitats face daunting prospects.
- Sandi the Sandhill Crane by Colleen Gage: This is a fictionalized account of the Sandhill Cranes’ migration for the young reader.
- Those of the Gray Wind: The Sandhills Cranes by Paul Johnsgard : follow the annual migration of the sandhill cranes from the American Southwest to their Alaskan mating grounds and then home again. It is a flight unaltered in nearly ten million years. By presenting various cycles of the migration in four time periods from 1860 to 1980, Johnsgard, a prominent naturalist, is able to show how man’s encroachments have imperiled the flocks. In each section there is interaction between a child and an adult brought about by some ritual event in the migration of the cranes. The story is enriched by the author’s exquisite illustrations, by Zuni prayers, and by Eskimo and Pueblo legends.