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.

Yesterday, April 18th, we introduced a new member to our bison herd. The birth of this calf is the start of the new calving season here at the Crane Trust.

Every year, thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate through this area during the spring migration from mid-February to mid-April. Thousands of visitors also migrate through our area during this time to see the cranes.

We counted an estimated 247,700+23,800 Sandhill Cranes in the Central Platte River Valley on 8 April 2019.