For those of us living and working on the Central Platte River in Nebraska, the birds that signify spring’s arrival are much bigger than robins. The annual arrival of sandhill cranes (we usually see the first ones around Valentine’s Day) lets us know that winter is coming to a close. When the last crane leaves in early April, the first wildflowers in the prairies aren’t far behind. This spring, the skies along the river are already criss-crossed with formations of flying cranes, intermixed with the ducks and geese of numerous species. If you’ve never seen this unique phenomenon, you’re missing out on one of the greatest wildlife events in the world. Come out to the Platte and start your spring right!
To learn more about how and where to see sandhill cranes in Nebraska, visit this or other websites. If you come out, feel free to stop and stretch your legs at the hiking trails through our Platte River Prairies.
To see the best portfolio of sandhill crane photos in the world, visit Michael Forsberg’s website and look for his book “On Ancient Wings“.