We exist to  protect and maintain the physical, hydrological and biological integrity of the Big Bend area of the Platte River so that it continues to function as a life support system for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes and other migratory bird species. With your help we can make a difference. Learn more and get involved.

Happy World Sparrow Day! Sparrows are humble heroes of the prairie, whether they migrate thousands of miles to their Central American wintering grounds and back, like the Grasshopper Sparrow, or live with us year round, whatever the weather, like the Song Sparrow, or stop over on their migration, like the Lincoln’s Sparrow.

It is believed that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes, your wish will come true.  Staff and volunteers have folded enough origami cranes over the years for the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center to have had a few wishes come true. 

This morning we counted 66,905+9,056 Sandhill Cranes and ~ 31,300 dark geese in the Central Platte River Valley. Sandhill Cranes were present in 10 of our 11 survey segments between Chapman and Overton, Nebraska.