Education Designer

Migration Station

Kate Sokol and Lindsey Wagner  camped out in a bird blind on the Platte River in Nebraska to observe and record the sandhill crane migration that happens each spring. They discovered that a changing climate has warped migration cycles in recent years, and that the waste corn the cranes feed on in the surrounding fields is increasingly planted by the growing GMO industry.

With roughly 600,000 cranes descending upon this small Nebraska town every year, and the influx of tourists that follow, what effects will this changing landscape have on these very vocal, jurassic birds?

To share the experience of sitting on a river bank waiting for sandhill cranes to fly in and roost for the night, Lindsey made a tiny theater and I made a soundscape using our field recordings to accompany the production.