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068 DREAM OF BIRDS - SNOW GEESE
Snowgeese- Platte River Valley, Nebraska. On an icy cold morning on the Platte, hundreds of snow geese suddenly leave a crowded mid-river roost, taking wing as ghostly abberitions in the faint lavender glow of early dawn. Beginning in February and usually ending in mid-March, nearly two million snowgeese stop in the Rainwater Basins and Platte River valley of Nebraska to rest and refuel before continuing their long journey to tundra breeding grounds in the High Artic. Snowgeese are the first of an endless parade of nearly 10 million ducks, geese, cranes and shorebirds that pass through this region each year on spring migration. They are also the first to leave, heading northward into the Dakotas and Canada as the ice recedes and winter retreats.