Mississippi River Basin

Platte River Species
(Individuals Spotted or Evidenced on Expedition)

FAUNA

Birds:

  • American Robin
  • American White Pelicans
    (with breeding knobs on bills)
  • American Widgeon
  • Bald Eagle
  • Blue Heron
  • Canada Goose
  • Coots
  • Cormorant
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Goshawk
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Horned Meadowlark (heard song)
  • Killdeer
  • Kite
  • Mallards
  • Merlin (or Sharp-shinned hawk)
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Harrier
  • Osprey
  • Prairie Chicken
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Scaup (greater or lesser?)
  • Seagulls
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Western Meadowlark (heard song)
  • Wild Turkey
  • Wood Duck

Mammals:

  • 13-lined Ground Squirrel
  • American Badger (saw hole)
  • American Bison (genetically pure)
  • Coyote (heard call)
  • Mule Deer
  • Muskrat (saw hole)
  • Opossum
  • Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (saw hole)
  • Plains Pocket Gopher (saw hole)
  • Porcupine
  • Raccoon
  • Striped Skunk
  • White-tailed Deer

Insects:

  • Mounding ants

Fish in Platte River
(according to fisherman in Cozad, Neb.)

  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Croppie
  • Drum
  • Perch
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Wall-eyed Pike
  • White Bass

Sandhill Cranes’ migratory path along N. American Central Flyway (seen at Crane Trust’s Nature & Visitor Center) — View larger (228 KB)

River-bed print of great blue heron, sandhill crane – or maybe whooping crane?

Sunset photography at Crane Trust’s Hill Blind

FLORA

Trees:

  • Eastern Cottonwood
  • Eastern Red Cedar
  • American Plum

Prairie & Riverine Grasses:

  • Cudweed
  • Milkweed
  • Sagewort
  • Swamp Milkweed

Cottonwood Trees near confluence of North and South Platte