GIBBON, Neb. —Audubon Nebraska has bought nearly 600 acres that will be protected as a rest stop for migrating sandhill and whooping cranes and other waterfowl.
The land sits along the Platte River at the Rowe Bird Sanctuary near Gibbon in south-central Nebraska. In an announcement Wednesday, Audubon Nebraska said the property was purchased for $2.4 million from a local family. The money came from several sources, including the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund.
Bill Taddicken is director of the Iaian Nicolson Audubon Center at the sanctuary, and he says the location of the property "near the middle of a critical habitat complex makes it a key component of Platte River conservation needs. Now, 4½ miles of contiguous habitat on both sides of the river will be protected."