Wildlife in the Central Platte River Region
- 500,000 sandhill cranes, as well as small numbers of the endangered whooping crane, pass through the central Platte region during their migration. They prefer the river's shallow waters and open sandbars as places to rest free of predators. They find food in the river's wet meadows and surrounding farmland.
- The endangered interior least tern and the threatened piping plover nest on the Platte's sandbars.
- Millions of geese and ducks, such as common mergansers, mallards, pintails and snow geese, also migrate through the region.