2022 Crane Season

Our plans for the upcoming crane season

Sandhill Cranes. Photo: Richard Derevan

Registration for the 2022 Crane Viewing opportunities is now open!

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.

Multiple viewing opportunities are available for nature enthusiasts, bird lovers, and photographers to witness this historic migration. 

Rowe Sanctuary has began taking reservations for its guided crane viewing opportunities.  Reservations may be made online or by calling 308-468-5282.

Be sure to review the crane tour guidelines here

2022 Crane Season Dates & Pricing

Guided Crane Viewing Experience:

  • March 5 - April 10
  • $50 + taxes and fees

Guided Crane Photography Experience: 

  • March 18 - April 10
  • $100 + taxes and fees

Overnight Photography Experience: 

  • March 18 - April 9
  • $250 + taxes and fees

Crane Behavior Basics 

  • March 5-April 10 at 2:30 pm
  • $10 per person

Held daily this workshop will teach participants about basic crane behaviors and provide information on cranes to help enhance your viewing experience in our blinds. Know what to look for and become a crane behavior translator! Get the most out of your crane viewing experience with Crane Behavior Basics.

Virtual Crane Tours

March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4

  • $10

Enjoy the cranes from the comfort and warmth of your own home with the virtual crane tour. For more information, visit rowe.audubon.org/events.

Please be aware that ALL of our current programming is subject to change.

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 Department, the state of Nebraska and the National Audubon Society as guidance on our safety procedures during the 2022 Crane Season. Please realize all tours are subject to cancellation and refunds will be available if Covid-19 safety precautions change our scheduling.

Crane Behavior Basics

Crane Behavior Basics

Designed for all levels of Craniac!

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Sandhill Crane Facts
Crane Season

Sandhill Crane Facts

Learn the basics about the majestic Sandhill Cranes that migrate through the Platte River in Nebraska each spring.

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Crane Cam

Live Crane Camera

Rowe Sanctuary hosts tens of thousands of sandhill cranes each spring. Watch it here!

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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

Illustration for Bobolink


Latin:  Spiza americana

Illustration for Dickcissel

Bell's Vireo

Latin:  Vireo bellii

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