The Land Of Flat Water (Part 02)
A brief orientation in time and space:
A bequest from Lillian Annette Rowe of Trenton, NJ was used in 1974 to purchase 782 acres of land included 2.5 miles of river channel, wet meadows, and some agricultural fields.
For many years the staff and volunteers worked out of a succession of homes and temporary structures until in 2003, the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center was completed. The Audubon Center is located in the upper left corner of the aerial photo.
The intent was to create the first sanctuary dedicated to conserving the Platte River, its (plant and animal) biodiversity, migratory birds, and emphasizing protecting the Lesser Sandhill Cranes. The current size of the sanctuary is 2,418 acres.
North is to the Left in these images.
Middle Left Edge
The curvy ditch-like or creek-like structure is just an indication that the large majority of the Platte River Flow is not on the surface of the river.
One parcel of acres, in the original 1974 purchase, lies to the East of the (dark) brush line that obscures the fence defining the Western boundary of the Sanctuary. Arriving in 1979 I spend many hours over the years exploring the details of this acreage as I developed a site specific Drip-Torch pattern for restoring this crop/grazing land into something resembling a Tall / Short Grass Prairie.
The leader of the "Platte Valley Prairie Pyros" Dr. Hal Nagel would define the scope of the burn, and I would do as I was told until one day someone made the mistake of handing me a Drip-Torch and letting me lead the secondary crew . . .
"Two Alice Marsh" lies on both sides of Elm Island Road. In this image Elm Island Road runs North(left) - South(right) in Buffalo County, and is a continuation of 34 Road in Kearney County a little south of "Two Alice Marsh". You can see how that works, if you are interested, in the first video below.
The gray-brown pasture adjacent to "Two Alice Marsh" is part of the recently acquired land. During the Spring Migration Month+ this is an awesome place to observe exhausted cranes "parachuting" into the sanctuary as they complete their last flight segment to the World's Greatest Singles Bar -- Bar None.
Upper Left Near River's Centerline
The Iain Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary is near the curve where Elm Island Road Turns from a W-E alignment (center of circle toward up&right) to a N-S alignment (center of circle toward right). Given the heavy traffic associated with our Spring Migration Viewers I am surprised that we have never witnessed any kind of vehicular collision at this rather dangerous curve.
Two Test Videos
A nearly real time drive from Kearney's I-80 exit 272 to Rowe via a southerly route past Ft. Kearny :
This video has music, so use your best judgment.
Driving south on Kearney's 2nd Avenue over the I-80 exit 272 to continue south on NE-44.
Travel 2 mile distance then turn left onto NE-50 A.
Travel 7 miles east to cross NE-10 onto Kearney County Road "V".
Travel 1 mile east to Kearney County Road "34" and turn left.
At about one mile north Kearney County Road "34" becomes Elm Island Road.
In a half mile you will follow Elm Island Road as you turn right.
At one mile Elm Island Road mysteriously veers 20° off the E-W line.
But that's okay as an additional 70° bend in ½ mile sets you right with the world.
The end is soon in sight!!
End . . .
A real time drive from Minden's I-80 exit 279 to Rowe via I-80 :
Minden's Exit 279 is seven miles East of Kearney's Exit 272. (Shocking isn't it?)
Enter East I-80 at Exit 279
Exit I-80 at Exit 285 then travel South on Lowell Road a little more than three miles.
You need to be extra alert here as the road does not follow a straight line.
And . . . deer tend to bound from the void with reckless abandon.
As you approach the three mile mark you should see signs of
Elm Island Road will take you the final two plus miles to the Sanctuary Gate.
End . . .