JOIN OUR VIRTUAL CRANE TOURS

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.


OUR VISITOR CENTER IS CLOSED

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.


BUT OUR WORK GOES ON

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.

The Crane Trust, a nonprofit habitat maintenance organization in central Nebraska, has come up with a novel approach for viewing the one-of-a-kind sandhill crane migration this spring. The trust is offering Virtual Crane Tours for the first time.

We counted 210 Sandhill Cranes and 46 American White Pelicans in the CPRV on the 20th of April 2020. This marks another year when Sandhill Crane counts in survey week 1 (~6,150 on 11 February 2020) exceeded those in week 10 for our database, which has become increasingly common over the last 20 years.

We counted a bias-corrected 64,460+/-5,340 Sandhill Cranes in the Central Platte River Valley on 13 April 2020.