Sandhill Cranes Showing Up in Central Neb. Fields


Spring is slowly making its way back to Nebraska and with it comes the arrival of the Sandhill cranes.

Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary located near Gibbon says the cranes are arriving and waterfowl and eagles can be seen and heard up and down the Platte River.

While only a few have arrived so far, thousands of cranes will stop for a rest and feed in Nebraska before continuing on to their arctic nesting areas. People from all over the world will come to central Nebraska to see the masses, which is something that can even be scheduled through the Rowe Sanctuary.

The sanctuary has many activities plans throughout the month of March that revolve around the Sandhill crane migration, as well as many other nature-based educational opportunities.

One of the sanctuary's big upcoming events includes an anniversary celebration. Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary will celebrate 40 years of Platte River conservation efforts on Saturday, March 15.

To learn more about the anniversary celebration or the many other activities coming up, go to