In the Wild with Greg Wagner


GO SEE CRANES, CRANES AND MORE CRANES! by Greg Wagner

Photo courtesy of Katie Stacey/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Ever been out to Nebraska’s central Platte River valley to experience the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes on their migration stop this time of year? What? You haven’t! Did you know that this is one of the world’s largest gatherings of birds, and as a Nebraskan – it’s in your backyard!  En route to their breeding grounds in Canada, Siberia and Alaska, the birds are resting and refueling along the Platte River from Grand Island to Kearney. In fact, from now through the end of the first week in April is the time to make a trek to that area to see all of the birds. The sandhill crane migration peak along the Platte River between Grand Island and Kearney is nearing and is expected to occur in about a week or so with approximately 500,000 birds!

Photo courtesy of Katie Stacey/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Here’s what the sandhill crane migration sounds like at its peak.

You can get an abundance of information about the spring migration of cranes and other birds into Nebraska by clicking this link on our Game and Parks website: http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/guides/migration/migration.asp

Make it a point to get some fresh air on the Fort Kearny State Recreation Area Hike-Bike Bridge southeast  of Kearney and also swing by Fort Kearny State Historical Park nearby. Don’t forget your park permit! Some info on these parklands: http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/guides/parksearch/showpark.asp?Area_No=97

See the photo of the bridge below. This is a good vantage point to see birds around sunrise and sunset.

Photo courtesy of Kearney Area Visitor's Bureau.

See you out there, taking a gander at all of the sandhill cranes and other migratory birds in the central Platte River valley!

Photo courtesy of Katie Stacey/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Photo courtesy of Katie Stacey/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

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