sandhill crane migration in nebraska Sandhill cranes are often on the move, but there's one special place and time where you find more cranes than you could ever imagine. (Photo: Ilana E. Strauss)

Last week, I saw what the Audubon Society calls one of "the greatest wildlife spectacles on the continent." Every spring, half a million sandhill cranes migrate up through the United States and toward the Arctic. On the way, most of them converge on one spot: Nebraska.

Cranes and bird watchers alike flock to Nebraska's Platte River every year. Jane Goodall was even staying in the same guesthouse as me while I was there. (And no, I didn't meet her ... *pulls hair out*).

But even if you didn't make it to Nebraska with Jane and I, you're not completely out of luck. I woke up before sunrise and took a bunch of photos so you could see these famous birds for yourself. To get in the right frame of mind, start with this short video — you'll see these beautiful birds in action and hear the amazing sound of so many birds in one place. It's unforgettable.

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana Strauss

Sandhill cranes migrate over Nebraska. Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

sandhill crane migration in nebraska Photo: Ilana E. Strauss

14 breathtaking photos of one of the most amazing migrations in the world
Hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes gather every year at this one spot in central Nebraska.