Rowe Sanctuary CraneCam

Each spring, as many as a half million sandhill cranes will stop to rest and fuel up at Nebraska’s central Platte River at an 80-mile stretch of the river.

The most popular place to see the sandhills on the Platte river is the National Audubon Society’s Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, just outside Fort Kearney. If you can’t make the trip, you can still watch the action via Rowe Sanctuary’s live video feed. You may even see a whooping crane among the smaller gray cranes…

Since the cranes leave the river to feed during the day, the best times to view are near sunrise and sunset.

Thousands of sandhill cranes will stop at the Platte River in Nebraska at the height of their northward migration. Photo: Melissa Groo

Thousands of sandhill cranes will stop at the Platte River in Nebraska at the height of their northward migration. Photo: Melissa Groo

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  1. Russell Allison February 28, 2017 4:17 pm

    Heather, we went last year in Mar. and we still haven’t calmed down from seeing so many Cranes. It was just plain wonderful. We hope to do it again sometime. All the fields for miles had Cranes in them.

    • Heather Ray March 1, 2017 8:49 am

      Still on my bucket list!

  2. sally swanson February 28, 2017 9:56 am

    It is a wonderous sight and sound! I have seen it several times! Take a day trip!

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