Kearney, Nebraska “Sandhill Crane Capital of the World”
Experience the Sights and Sounds of the Sandhill Crane Migration
CBS Morning Show (2014): The Magnificent Sandhill Crane Migration
Every year during March and early April, over 500,000 sandhill cranes migrate on the Platte River valley in order to ‘fuel up’ before resuming their northward migration.
Visit Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival Website
2017 Dates: March 16-19, 2017!!
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AREA VIEWING LOCATIONS
Iain Nicolson of Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary offers guided trips to view sandhill cranes from observation blinds on the banks of the Platte River as well as conducting blind tours twice daily during the migration. View the cranes LIVE! CRANE CAM
For more information view the 2017 Crane Brochure.
Crane viewing can also be done on your own at the Hike/Bike Bridge located at Fort Kearny State
Recreational Area. The old railroad bridge spans across the river and is the perfect place to stop after visiting the Historical Park. The bridge is 300 yards from the parking area and offers great views of the river anytime of the day.
Thank you to the Nebraska Game & Park Commission/NEBRASKAland Magazine for the use of photos and for grant funds used to promote the annual migration of the Sandhill Cranes.