Welcome to Rowe Sanctuary

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Photo: Brandon Davenport

Our Mission

Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary focuses on conservation of the Platte River ecosystem and the birds that rely on it.

Help us continue our important work for Sandhill Cranes and other birds that rely on the Platte River; make a donation today

Reservations for 2023 Crane Season viewing experiences will open 9 am CT on January 4th. Make your crane season reservation here. Check out what experiences are being offered here.

During crane season: The visitors' center and gift shop is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are recommended indoors for all individuals. 

The east trail is closed to reduce disturbance on the river and the west trail will be open once all cranes have left the river in the morning and will close at 4 pm. Pets on a leash are only allowed in the parking lot and in a designated pet exercise are east of the parking lot. No pets are allowed on the trails.


Sandhill Crane. Photo: Stephen Kramer/Audubon Photography Awards.

Birds & Conservation

Birds & Conservation

Protecting habitat for migrating Sandhill Cranes and much more.

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Check out our upcoming programming.

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View press releases and articles from Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary.

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Birds at Rowe Sanctuary

Sandhill Crane

Latin:  Antigone canadensis

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Northern Bobwhite

Latin:  Colinus virginianus

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Belted Kingfisher

Latin:  Megaceryle alcyon

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Latin:  Dolichonyx oryzivorus

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Whooping Crane

Latin:  Grus americana

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Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

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Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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Bald Eagle

Latin:  Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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