The Great Migration
Each spring, something magical happens in the heart of the Great Plains. More than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on Nebraska’s Platte River valley—a critical sliver of threatened habitat in North America’s Central Flyway. Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese in the neighboring rainwater basins.
Breathtaking Crane Viewing
There are two crane species in North America. The sandhill crane is the most abundant of the world’s 15 species of crane. The whooping crane is one of the largest cranes and the most endangered in the world with a wild population of less than 300 individuals.
During March and early April, the sanctuary’s four miles of wide and treeless channels attract as many as 60,000 sandhill cranes plus numerous geese, ducks, eagles and shorebirds.
Want to learn more about the crane migration and other wildlife viewing opportunities along Nebraska’s Platte River Valley?