This River Beneath the Sky

This River Beneath the Sky

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Each spring, formations of sandhill cranes crisscross the skies along Nebraskaa€™s Platte River in one of the last great migratory spectacles on the North American continent. From across the globe, tens of thousands of visitors gather to witness a land transformed, a€œwild with birds.a€ But the central Platte River system is witness to even more than this wondrous annual event. It is also an abiding source of natural, agricultural, and economic life in three states as an icon of western history and as a place of wonder. In This River Beneath the Sky, Doreen Pfost seamlessly blends memoir and nature writing, tracking the Platte River valley for one calendar year, ushering readers through its diverse and changing landscape and the plants, animals, and humans that call the ecosystem home. From serving as a tour guide for visitors who come to see the sandhill crane migration to monitoring the population count on a bluebird trail, from exploring the human settlements surrounding the Platte River to wading the river with biologists, Pfost immerses herself in the rhythm and life of the area. Along with Pfosta€™s personal experiences of the river, she explores the rivera€™s history, the land- and water-use choices that were made decades ago and their repercussions that must now be mitigated if cranesa€”and other speciesa€”are to survive and flourish, and the legislative and scientific efforts to preserve the diverse species and their essential habitat.Iscan the sky as I drive, knowing I am unlikely to see a whooping crane. Throughout the ... At the end of each email, Gary signs off with, a€œKeep your eyes to the sky!a€ As if we could ... I still feel slightly elated after my encounter a few days ago with the seven cranes. ... Before then, I could add a few numbers each year and make a close guess; subtraction complicates the arithmetic and clouds the memory.

Title:This River Beneath the Sky
Author: Doreen Pfost
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2016-02-01

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