From late February to early April each year, the Platte River Valley of south-central Nebraska is a stopover point for the largest crane gathering in the world. A half million sandhill cranes stop in the area before heading further north to their Arctic breeding grounds for the summer.
If you can’t travel to Nebraska this year to view one of North America’s greatest wildlife spectacles, don’t fret. Starting today, the Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska has live footage of the cranes via their Crane Cam. To check out the action from any computer until April 8, click here: http://www.rowesanctuary.org/crane%20cam.html.
No cranes in the field of view? They’re probably out in the neighboring agricultural plots feeding. They’ll return to the river in the late afternoon to roost overnight.