Crane Events 2014

Cranes are cause for great celebration.

Listed below are a few 2014 events in central Nebraska that focus on the crane migration.

Crane Behavior Workshop 
Friday's at 3:30 p.m on March 7, 14, 28 & April 4, 2014
Audubon Rowe Santuary, Gibbon

Workshop participants will learn to recognize the difference between crane dancing, aggression, and behaviors. $10. Call (308) 468-5282 for more information or click here.

Audubon's Speaker Series
Saturday's and Sunday's, 2 p.m. on March 8, 9,16, 23, 29 & 30, 2014

Speakers presenting on various topics. Refer to website for more details or call (308) 468-5282.

Crane Watch Festival Liftoff Luncheon
March 21, 2014, 11:45a
Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE
Come hear Brian "Fox" Ellis, award-winning author, speaker and impersonator. Brian will explore human and natural history of the tall grass prairie through his dynamic presentation of ecological folklore. Purchase tickets by calling the Kearney Chamber of Commerce, 308-237-3101.   

Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival (formally Rivers & Wildlife Celebration)
March 21-23, 2014 •  Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Kearney, NE
Experience the spring migration at the 44th Annual Convention. The celebration hosts field trips, speakers, educational programs and exciting adventures for the entire family.  For more information call 402-797-2301 or click here 

Wild Experience 
Saturday, March 22 2014, 10a - 3p  
Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Kearney, NE
FREE to public. Part of the Nebraska Crane Festival
Hands-on activities include making bird feeders, paper crane folding, bird band bracelets, animal masks and much more.  Fun for all ages.

Crane Watch Festival
Friday, March 21 - March 30, 2014  • Kearney, Minden, Gibbon
The Kearney area will host its annual Crane Watch Festival...10 days of fun-filled education, family activities, entertainment and community wide events talking place in Kearney, Minden and Gibbon.  Come join in the celebration of the Sandhill Crane Migration. 
Click here for a daily schedule. Questions, call 800-652-9435.

‘Arctic Wings: Miracle of Migration’ Photography Exhibit
Jan. 7 – March 23, 2014   Hastings Museum Hastings, Nebraska

This exhibit of 25 large-format color photographs explores the phenomenon of bird migration to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a region that is environmentally crucial to the survival of more than 190 bird species. Featuring the work of award-winning photographers Subhankar Banerjee, Michio Hoshino, Mark Wilson, Arthur Morris, Hugh Rose, Paul Bannick, and Brad Winn, Arctic Wings presents photographs that capture the global bird biodiversity abundantly represented in the Arctic Refuge ecosystem. Birds from across six continents and all 50 United States migrate to the refuge annually to take advantage of the 24-hour Arctic summer daylight and plentiful, rich food sources. For more information please click here. 

Crane Watchers' Breakfast
Saturday, March 23, 2014 • 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Gibbon American Legion 

Free will donation.

MONA Collection Connection 
Wednesday, March 27, 2014 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Bill Taddicken: Conservation on the Platte River at Rowe Sanctuary

The Lillian Annette Rowe Bird Sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, other migratory birds, and their habitat along the Platte River in south-central Nebraska. Bill Taddicken, director of Rowe Sanctuary, discusses 40 years of conservation at Rowe and the continuing goal to maintain a future for America’s greatest migration. Call (308) 865-8559 for more information or click here.

FLIGHT: A Crane"s Story
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 3pm & 7pm
Merryman Performing Arts Center, Kearney, NE
Heather Henson, daughter of puppetier Jim Henson brings this magnificient story of Awaken (a crane) to life. Explore natures deepest mysteries and spiritual essence of a Crane's life cycle. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at by clicking here. Preview video here.

Rowe Sanctuary Crane Carnival

Saturday, April 5, 2014 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Rowe Sanctuary 
Learn about the cranes through fun activities for the entire family. For more information please contact 308-468-5282

Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center
February-March • Alda, Nebraska

March 1: 5am and 5pm, guided crane tours begin
A trained guide will accompany you to one of our prime viewing blinds along the Platte River. Blind tours are offered in the early morning, while the cranes roosting on the river, and in the evening, when the birds are returning to the river to roost for the night. Each tour lasts a maximum of three hours, which includes a presentation on the Great Sandhill Crane Migration before heading out to the blind. Participants will need to be able to walk about ten minutes over uneven terrain to reach the blind. Children must be 12 and up and accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call  308-382-1820 for more information. 

Wings Over the Platte Exhibition and Sale
February 13 – April 6, 2014 • Grand Island, Nebraska

This exhibit has moved downtown to the Venue Gallery while the Stuhr Building is renovated. Opening night is February 13th.

Spirit of the Cranes Art Show and Sale 
March 1-31, 2014 (Closed Sunday) • Prairie Winds Art Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
Featuring nationally acclaimed nature and wildlife photographer Rick Rasmussen
and oil and pastel artist Kathleen Lohr. Artist reception March 7th, 5:30-8:30pm, Free. For more information please call 308-381-4001.