Crane Watch

Kearney, Nebraska “Sandhill Crane Capital of the World”
Experience the Sights and Sounds of the 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!!


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.

For more information on the crane migration and other migratory birds and tours in the area visit and Chicken Dance Trail.

View the 2017 Crane Brochure and PLAN YOUR TRIP TODAY!!!