Sandhill cranes taking an early flight in Nebraska

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Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:00 am

Sandhill cranes have arrived ahead of schedule in North Platte, Neb.

It's not the only flock raising eyebrows in Nebraska. “We have probably 5,000 to 10,000 of them around here,” said Chuck Cooper, president of the Crane Trust at Alda, Neb. He said more than 500,000 sandhill cranes stop along a 50- to 70-mile stretch of the Platte River valley every year during their northward migration.

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