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Take your breath away —

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 around 500 individuals. 

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Keep up with information about the migration of the sandhill cranes.

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Crane Viewing site near Alda will be improved with funds recently awarded through the Recreational Trails Program.

You may have noticed that the Sandhill Cranes are still here – in January!

Public viewing decks south of Alda and Gibbon in Nebraska offer the opportunity to view the sandhill cranes during their migration. The Central Platte Natural Resource District recently updated their signage at the deck on Alda Road, south of the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. 

The river between North Platte and Grand Island attracts as many as one million sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, eagles, shorebirds, and the occasional whooping crane.

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