Witness the Crane Migration
Each spring something magical happens in the Platte River Valley: More than 80% (500,000+) of the world's population of Sandhill Cranes converge on this critical sliver of threatened habitat. Millions of migrating ducks and geese arrive with them.
“Nebraska is special to me. I’ve traveled far and wide, and coming to Nebraska, and seeing and hearing the cranes always restores my soul.”
— Jane Goodall
National Geographic named this annual migration event as one of North America’s two greatest natural wildlife phenomena, the other being Alaska’s Caribou migration. In 2014, the Crane Trust documented that a Platte River sandbar on their property serves as the largest crane roost in the world during the sandhill cranes' spring migration. This one-of-a-kind experience draws beginning birders to scientists from across the country and across the globe.
The month of March is the best time to see the largest numbers of birds, although the peak of the crane migration occurs during the second half of the month. Towards the end of March, you might also catch a glimpse of endangered Whooping Cranes or venture into the Sandhills to watch the colorful mating rituals of the Prairie Chickens.
Come dance with the cranes this March, an event that The New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places To See Before You Die calls a “must see.”
For crane season events and tour information during migration, please call us or send a message on the form to the right.
Experience the Sandhill Cranes
"There are very few places where people of all backgrounds can come together and share such an experience. Where else will you find yourself in a viewing blind with a chance crowd consisting of a New York banker, a housewife from Grand Island, a college student from Denver and a poet from the Andes of Chile."
- Brad Mellema