Wood River, Neb–The Crane Trust will host a live talon show this Saturday, March 15, at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. The exciting program will feature an amazing lineup of hawks, falcons, vultures, and a Great Horned Owl. The show starts at 11:00 a.m. and promises a rare, up-close encounter with birds of prey for adults, families, and children of all ages. The program is open to the public and admission is free.
Volunteer Educator Blake Hatfield of Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Recovery Program will lead the program and demonstrate how these hunters in the sky have adapted to become a vital part of the Nebraska landscape. With four different birds of prey on display, visitors will be able to see firsthand how these raptors have come to lay claim to their place at the top of the food chain.
As part of the Wild About Nebraska speaker series, this Saturday's presentation is another public celebration of Nebraska's Great Sandhill Crane Migration, according to Crane Trust spokesman Jeff Oates, as more than 500,000 sandhill cranes descend on the Platte River in south-central Nebraska every spring for 3-4 weeks, before continuing on to their breeding grounds in the north.
"We're particularly excited this year to to have the Crane Trust's recently remodeled nature and visitor center ready for the public in time for crane season," says Oates. "It's a terrific staging area for learning about the wildlife and rare, native habitat that the Crane Trust is managing every day along the Platte. Whether it's a special presentation like this Saturday, a hike across the prairie, or a little quiet time on our observation tower overlooking the river, there's plenty of natural inspiration to go around."
The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is located just west of Grand Island at the I-80/Alda Road interchange, Alda Exit 305. Visitors can also browse the Crane Trust's art gallery and gift shop, and can checkout a live bison exhibition herd. Guided crane tours for the public can also be reserved online at NebraskaNature.org or by calling (308) 382-1820.
Established in 1978, the Crane Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and maintenance of critical habitat for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River through leading science, habitat management, community outreach, and education.
Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center / 9325 S Alda Road / Wood River, NE 68883