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.

March 19-22, 2015
The Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival has been celebrating this wildlife phenomenon for 45 years! Join fellow enthusiasts to learn more about the cranes, waterfowl, and other bird species by attending our concurrent sessions, visiting a crane viewing blind, and participating in one of our field trips. The 2015 featured speaker is naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul.

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 2015 Crane Brochure.

Crane viewing can also be done on your own at the Hike/Bike Bridge located at Fort Kearny State DSC_0069Recreational 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.

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