Coronavirus Update

Visitors' center and trails closed until April 30

Photo: Cody Wagner / Audubon.
Photo: Cody Wagner / Audubon.

In order to protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and visitors and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we are closing the Rowe Sanctuary visitors' center until April 30. To protect cranes and their roosts, our trails and outdoor areas will also be closed. We will continue to monitor the situation with direction from CDC and local health officials.

If you are stuck indoors and need a birdy distraction, visit our live crane camera to view the cranes and other wildlife on the Platte River.  

Currently, there are no reports of anyone with COVID-19 visiting Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary.  

For those who are no longer able to see the cranes in person, Center Director Bill Taddicken recommends another viewing option.

“Our live crane camera through is a great alternative for people who want to experience the migration,” said Taddicken. “People can now see the cranes from anywhere in the world.” View the live crane camera at


If you still plan on traveling, remember to follow these important guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information about the coronavirus, visit the CDC website HERE

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