There's no reason to miss the 2021 crane migration. We've come up with a novel approach for viewing this one of a kind natural phenomenon from the comfort and safety of your own home. The Crane Trust is offering Virtual Crane Tours for the first time -- complete with expert guides and all the majesty of the sandhill crane migration! Click HERE to learn more.


To ensure the health and safety of our guests and volunteers, the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center is temporarily closed. In the meantime, please enjoy our hiking trails. Our trails however, are now open! Click HERE to view the trail map.

Watch here and on our Facebook page for information about the nature and visitor center's reopening.


We exist to protect and maintain the physical, hydrological and biological integrity of the Big Bend area of the Platte River so 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.

Today we counted a raw estimate of 99,200 and a photo-corrected estimate of 135,800+/-18,300 Sandhill Cranes in the Central Platte River Valley (CPRV) between Chapman and Overton, Nebraska. We also counted an estimated ~49,200 dark geese. Both Sandhill Cranes and dark geese increased markedly over last week (previous counts of 4,600 and 5,700 respectively).

Today (2-22-21) we counted 4,600+/-200 Sandhill Cranes in one roost near TNC's Dahms Tract, south of Wood River, NE. This location is pretty far west for a large Sandhill Crane roost to occur this early in the spring migration considering our data from the last half decade. We counted a very similar number of Sandhill Cranes (4,300+/-1,250) during the previous week’s survey on 2-15-21.