• Prehistoric & Harmonic Din
    Prehistoric & Harmonic Din

    As you near the river at dawn you begin to hear it. The orchestral din fills the valley as you hike to a blind with you camera and binoculars. 500,000 Sandhill Cranes can't be wrong.

  • Birdwatching
    Birdwatching

    Grand Island is one of the best places in the world for birdwatching during the Spring.

  • Everything abloom
    Everything abloom

    Springtime in central Nebraska is flush with color. The green of leaves, the brilliant pallet of spring flowers. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

  • Thoroughbred Racing
    Thoroughbred Racing

    The ponies are released from their stables every Spring at Fonner Park. Live racing runs from mid February through early May.

  • Park the Car
    Park the Car

    Park the car and enjoy the many parks and trails around Grand Island, both in the city and at places like the nature center.

Spring comes with a harmonic roar

More than 500,000 Sandhill Cranes stop along the Platte River in central Nebraska during their spring migration, an event named by National Geographic as one of North America’s two greatest wildlife phenomena. Numerous events and opportunities to view the cranes up close are scheduled in March. Along with the cranes come millions of migrating ducks and geese and a number of endangered whooping cranes.

At the same time the southern birds descend on the river, the thoroughbred horses begin racing again at Fonner Park. Flowering trees burst into color and the red and gold of winter prairies turn green.

Stuhr Museum’s Railroad Town comes out of its hibernation in early May as costumed interpreters return to their posts at one of the nations top living history museums.


Average Spring High: 62° Fahrenheit
Average Spring Low: 38° Fahrenheit