Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do you pronounce Kearney?

A.  Car-knee

Q.  Why is Kearney spelled with an “e” and Fort Kearny does not?

A.  Observant readers are quick to point out the spelling differences between the fort and the town. The extra “e” in Kearney is not difficult to explain. Someone in the post office simply made a spelling error and by the time it was realized, no one felt a change was necessary.

Crane and Wildlife Information

Q. Why do the Sandhill Cranes migrate along the Platte River Region?

A.  For the cranes, the Platte River Valley is the most
important stopover on this migration. The river provides the perfect spot to rest, and the nearby farmlands and wet meadows offer an abundance of food. Without the energy gained along the Platte, cranes might arrive at their breeding grounds in a weakened condition — where food may be limited until the spring growing season begins.

The Platte River region has a variety of habitats that support cranes. The most important is the Platte River itself. The river is very shallow and sandbars dot the channels. It is here the cranes rest at night, gaining protection from predators like coyotes.

Q. When do the Sandhill Cranes arrive to the Platte River?

A. The Sandhill Cranes start arriving around Valentine’s Day, February 14.  Peak numbers are reached by the middle of March.

Q. When do the Cranes leave the Platte River?

A. Cranes are opportunistic fliers, relying on thermals and tail winds to carry them along.  Thermals are rising columns of warm air and when  southerly winds start to blow in late March and early April along the Platte, you will see cranes testing them for flight conditions.

For more information on the Sandhill Crane migration, contact the Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary and Iain Nicolson Audubon Center (www.rowesanctuary.org) or call 308-468-5282.

Q.  What are the hours of the Great Platte River Road Archway?

A.  For current hours and admission visit www.archway.org or call 877-511-ARCH (2724)