A celebration of living dinosaurs
Wings Over the Platte is Grand Island's celebration of the return of the Sandhill Cranes every Spring.
The celebration is marked with events, lectures, workshops, and art shows. Visitors will want to make the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center their headquarters. Schedule a tour in a viewing blind while you're out there. Roger Tory Peterson, foremost authority on birds, has written that "Neither the hordes of Demoiselle Cranes on the Nile of the great flocks of European Cranes at Oland in the Baltic can match the spectacle of the Sandhill Cranes, 500,000 strong, which use the Platte River as a staging area each March."
Artwork specific to the spring migration can be found at Stuhr Museum's Wings Over the Platte exhibit, Prairie Winds Art Center's Spirit of the Cranes exhibit, and in the gallery at the nature center itself. The nature center schedules lectures by noted authorities on birding, and often extends the celebration with things such as wine tastings and film screenings.
Wings Over the Platte is a must for bird watchers, and even for those who wouldn't consider themselves birders!