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Sandhill Cranes along the Platte
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 p.m.
When you hear about thousands of visitors coming from thousands of miles away to spend time by Nebraska's Platte River, what type of tourists come to mind? Every spring, the multitude of visitors includes both people and sandhill cranes, as both travel great distances to a special habitable section of the river that flows through the center of our state. As Nebraskans, we're fortunate we don't have to travel long distances like the cranes or international travelers to observe this world-class wildlife spectacle; interested birders can join Wachiskans for a day trip to the Grand Island area at the peak of crane migration.
We'll first spend a few hours using our cars as blinds to observe crane behavior as we cruise roads next to fields that host large crane flocks during foraging and loafing hours. At dusk we'll watch the truly breathtaking sight of cranes peppering the sky in every direction when they fly to the nearby Platte River. We'll conclude our expedition at a public access area where we can view the cranes landing in the river that has provided their traditional roosting site for thousands of years.
Meet at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, on the south side of the Capitol in Lincoln at 15th and H streets across from the governor's mansion. Participants can caravan or carpool the 100mile trip to our destination. Bring warm clothing for colder temps at sundown and binoculars and scope if you have them.
We'll make a pit stop at the visitor center by the Alda exit. There is no fee and the public is welcome. Call John at 402-475-7275 if you have questions.