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Rainwater Basins, the Central Flyway and Migratory Birds

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Chris Helzer
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The Nature Conservancy

Nebraska's rainwater basin region is beneath the Central Flyway, used by tens of millions of birds migrating to the prairie pothole regions of the Dakotas, Canada and beyond to nest and mate.

Modern ag-production imperatives have reduced the number of basins. This episode discusses the importance of the basins to migrating birds. They rely on the lush habitat of the region as a rest-stop to sustain them for the duration of their journey to their nesting grounds.

This episode of Playa Country is the second in a five-part series on playas. It originally aired Tuesday June 25, 2013 and was repeated April 15, 2014