Fauna’s Thread – the project

The idea for Fauna’s Thread began on my first-ever trip to see the Sandhill Crane migration—in central Nebraska USA. As I sat in my car on a country road, watching them feed and frolic, they lifted off and flew through the sun. Their shadows rolled over the road and drizzled on me, as their unique honks faded …

The Cranes

  Every spring, 80% of the world’s Sandhill cranes stop in central Nebraska as they migrate north to their summer home. They arrive as early as Valentines Day and remain in the area for five to six weeks. This traditional timepiece has taken place for millions of years. The Platte River, which runs west to …

Hearings and Hope at the Capitol

Hearings about the river’s water are held in the State Capitol.   Through the expansive hallways and cavernous foyer we find — a hearings room, packed with stakeholders of the river. We intercut these testimonies throughout the main story. Meanwhile, an unused water fountain waits around the corner from the hearings — as our dishonest characters plan …

Farms and Ranches

  There are many farms and ranches in Nebraska. All of them need WATER and lots of it. Most are fed by groundwater but even those are stakeholders of the river. Corn is the primary crop but a thirsty plant. It’s end-use is vast, going well beyond a cob of corn for humans. Soybeans are eaten …

Small Town Nebraska USA

Nebraska small towns are a welcome relief from the too-fast driving on Interstate 80. Many have classic main streets, an original movie theater, and plenty of friendly people. They too need the resource of the river. We will capture the architecture of agriculture and the spirit of small town Nebraska USA.