2021 Crane Season

Our plans for the upcoming crane season

Sandhill Cranes. Photo: Richard Derevan

Crane Season and COVID-19

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

Crane Season Tour Dates: March 6 - April 11

Registration for all crane-viewing tours will be delayed until at least February 1, 2021.

We are evaluating local health conditions on an ongoing basis to determine the which events and crane viewing opportunities cantake place. The safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests are the utmost priority. Please use the following guidelines to assist in your decision making. 

We will only be operating our General Crane Viewing Experiences and our Overnight Photo Experiences this year (tripods will be allowed on the General Crane Viewing Experience).

In 2021, we will NOT be providing our photography experiences, indoor viewing, crane behavior basics, speaker series, school field trips and family viewing nights. 

We are working with our local health department, on best practices for operating tours and the visitor center. All tours are subject to cancellation on short notice. Fees will be fully refunded any time it is necessary to close for safety (this could mean less than a 24 hour notice of cancellation).

Safety Precautions for all guided Crane Viewing Experiences:

  • Occupancy in each viewing station will be reduced by 50%, providing space for guests to social distance.
  • As a result of our current staffing situation and a reduction in volunteer participation, we will reduce the number of tours we provide each morning and evening accordingly.
  • All guests will be required to wear a mask while on Audubon property both inside and outside, including on all tours. Dark colored masks required for viewing blinds.
  • We will not be doing the indoor orientation before each tour. We are working on creating a safer check-in process which will inform the the arrival times for each tour. The precise time will be determined at a future date.
  • All participants on the tours and in the visitor center will be required to provide contact information in accordance with our local health department guidelines (for contact tracing reasons).

Trails and Center

The Sanctuary trails and visitor center will be open for reduced hours, 10 am to 2 pm daily beginning Feb 15 - April 15.

All information is subject to change. Keep an eye on this page, your email and our social media accounts for future updates. 

Guided Crane Viewing Experience
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General Crane Tours

Making reservations, helpful tips & photography policy.

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Overnight Photography Experience
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Overnight Photography Experience

Spend a night with thousands of cranes!!!

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Plan Your Trip
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Plan Your Trip

Want to see the cranes? Here are some tips to plan for your trip!

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Fall Crane Viewing
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Fall Crane Viewing

Crane Viewing during the Fall Migration

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Crane Cam
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Live Crane Camera

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

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Sandhill Crane Facts
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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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