The Great Migration
Each spring, something magical happens in the heart of the Great Plains. More than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converge on Nebraska’s Platte River valley—a critical sliver of threatened habitat in North America’s Central Flyway. Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese in the neighboring rainwater basins.
Breathtaking Crane Viewing
There are two crane species in North America. 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 less than 300 individuals.
During March and April the river between North Platte and Grand Island attracts as many as 1 million Sandhill Cranes, plus numerous geese, ducks, eagles and shorebirds, and the occasional Whooping Crane.
Want to learn more about the crane migration and other wildlife viewing opportunities along Nebraska’s Platte River Valley?