Playas Create Biodiversity

Some 200 species of birds and other animals owe their ability to survive in the High Plains landscape to the existence of playas. Learn what flora and fauna are found in and adjacent to playas and how they support the biannual bird migration through this region.

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Spring Migration Starts Here

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.

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