Crane Season

Photo: Sandhill Cranes. Photo: Jocelyn Anderson.

Every March, over a million Sandhill Cranes converge on the Platte River Valley in central Nebraska to fuel up before continuing north to their nesting grounds. Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary is at the heart of this magnificent crane staging area.

Rowe Sanctuary offers daily guided tours at sunrise and sunset to view the spectacular concentrations of Sandhill Cranes on their river roosts from new discovery stations strategically placed along the Platte River close to Sandhill Crane roosts. Nature enthusiasts, bird lovers, and photographers will have multiple ways to experience this historic migration.  

Rowe Sanctuary will begin accepting reservations for its 2023 crane viewing opportunities on Wednesday, January 4 at 9:00 am CST. Reservations may be made online or by calling 308-468-5282. 

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Please be aware all tours are subject to cancellation and refunds will be available if Covid-19 safety precautions change our scheduling.

We will be evaluating local conditions throughout the crane migration in order to determine the extent that Rowe Sanctuary’s public events and crane viewing opportunities can take place. The safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests are the utmost priority.We will be working with our local health department, Two Rivers Public Health Departmentthe state of Nebraska and the National Audubon Society as guidance on our safety procedures. 


Birds of Rowe Sanctuary

Sandhill Crane

Latin:  Antigone canadensis

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Whooping Crane

Latin:  Grus americana

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Piping Plover

Latin:  Charadrius melodus

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Least Tern

Latin:  Sternula antillarum

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Bald Eagle

Latin:  Haliaeetus leucocephalus

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Latin:  Dolichonyx oryzivorus

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Latin:  Spiza americana

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Bell's Vireo

Latin:  Vireo bellii

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