Sandhill Crane Capital of the World – Kearney, Nebraska
(March 25-27, 2017)
Each spring, more than 80 percent of the world’s population of sandhill cranes converges in Central Nebraska. Over 500,000 sandhill cranes migrate through the Platte River Valley in order to fuel up before heading further north to their breeding grounds. Along with them come millions of migrating ducks and geese in the neighboring Rainwater Basin—covering the vast expanse of open sky with millions of flapping wings and a chorus of calls. Get ready for an unforgettable road trip to the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World!
OTHER UNITED STATES ITINERARIES
Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect United States adventure that meets your needs.
DAY 2 (Sun, March 26): Kearney ~ Your day begins before dawn as you head to Rowe Sanctuary along the Platte River in time to watch sandhill cranes depart their evening roosts during a blind session. Rowe Sanctuary’s viewing blinds are strategically located along the Platte River to provide excellent views of cranes. You have the day to bird local hotspots including Fort Kearny State Park, Rowe Sanctuary, and Cottonmill Park before another blind session at Rowe Sanctuary this evening. Overnight at Hampton Inn or similar. (B,L)
DAY 3 (Mon, March 27): Kearney to Denver ~ Optional early morning wake up call – leave the hotel before dawn and head to a public observation area along the Platte River in time to see thousands of sandhill cranes fly from their evening roost to feed in the fields nearby. Back to the hotel for breakfast and check out. Depart for Denver with birding stops en route. (B, L)
Meals: B=Breakfast; PL=picnic lunch; L=Lunch
Package price: $495 based upon double occupancy. Single supplement: $165.
Price includes accommodations, guided birding with spotting scopes available, entrance fees, activities, and meals as listed in the itinerary.
Exclusions: fuel (to be split among participants carpooling from Denver) and meals not listed.