Crane Events 2015

Cranes are cause for great celebration.

Listed below are a few 2015 events in central Nebraska that focus on the crane migration.

Rowe Sanctuary Family Program - Rowe Adventures
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:00 p.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE
Free admission. Join in this fun, interactive, family-friendly program. Learn how to use binoculars and field guides, and steps to help you identify birds. Then put your new founds skills to work helping with the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you don't have binoculars, no need to worry. We will have binoculars you can use. For more information call 308-468-5282, or click here

MONA Collection Cranes Take Flight Exhibit
February 24 - May 10, 2015
Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Avenue, Kearney, NE 
Call (308) 865-8559 for more information or click here.

Rowe Sanctuary Family Crane Carnival 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE 
Learn about the cranes through fun activities for the entire family. For more information please contact 308-468-5282 or visit Rowe.Audubon.org.

Rowe Sanctuary Speaker Program - Forty Years of Conservation, Education and Celebration
March 14, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE 
Doreen Pfost will discuss the work done by Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary, other organizations and individuals to protect habitat along the Platte River and to educate the public about the river's importance to wildlife. $5.00 per person. For more information call 308-468-5282 or visit Rowe.Aubudon.org

Rowe Sanctuaty Speaker Program - Habitat Tour 
March 14, 28, April 4, 11, 2015 - 1:00 p.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE
Join our knowledgeable staff naturalists on a hayrack ride to learn about the Platte River ecosystem and Rowe's management role. (This program is dependent on the weather, so please call for information and to make your reservation at 308-468-5282) $5.00 per person. 

Rowe Sanctuary Speaker Program - Crane Behavior
March 14, 28, April 4, 11, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE
Join Keanna Leonard, Education Director, in this fun interative workshop. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to distinguish juveniles from adults, tell subspecies apart, recognize the differnce between dancing and aggression, and understand many other behaviors. $10.00 per person. To make reservations, call 308-468-5282 or visit rowe.audubon.org

Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival 

March 19-22, 2015 •  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 21 2015, 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 Watcher's Breakfast  
Sunday, March 21, 2015 • 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Gibbon American Legion, 1029 Court Street, Gibbon, NE 

Free will donation. 

 

Rowe Santuary Speaker Program - Nebraska Bats
March 28, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE
Whether you love them, are scared of them, or just want to know more, this program is all things bats! Join Michael Whitby and Emma Rinley Buckley, graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and learn about which species live in NE and how biologists are studying these elusive creatures. Find out how they help you, and how you can help them! $5.00 per person. For more information call 308-468-5282 or visit rowe.audubon.org

Rowe Sanctuary Speaker Program - Platte Basin Time Lapse - Seeing a Watershed in MotionApril 4, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE 
Steven Speicher, multimedi journalist, will guide you through the amazing and complex story of the Platte River through time-lapse photography. $5.00 per person. For more information call 308-468-5282 or visit rowe.audubon.org

Rowe Speakers Program - Birdwatching Beyond Cranes

April 11, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE 
$5.00 per person. For more information call 308-468-5282 or visit rowe.audubon.org

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

March 6-April 4: 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. 

Weekends in March: Speaker Series
The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center hosts speakers and workshops throughout the month of March. This year will include Raptor Recovery and Bill Wallauer among others. Check their calendar for new information at http://nebraskanature.org/.

Wings Over the Platte Exhibition and Sale
February 20 – April 3, 2015 • Grand Island, Nebraska

This exhibit has moved downtown to the Venue Gallery while the Stuhr Building is renovated. Opening night is February 19th.

Spirit of the Cranes Art Show and Sale 
March 1-31, 2015 (Closed Sunday) • Prairie Winds Art Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
Featuring nationally acclaimed nature and wildlife photographer Rick Rasmussen. Artist reception March 6th, 5:30-8:30pm, Free. For more information please call 308-381-4001.