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Help Improve the Crane Trust this Giving Tuesday

For 37 years, the Crane Trust has worked tirelessly to maintain and safeguard a natural Nebraska habitat just outside of Grand Island, NE. This last vestige of the frontier serves as a monument to what was here before settlements. The diverse tallgrass prairie ecosystem we maintain can be found…

Photo Workshops That Also Support Conservation

Photograph one of nature’s oldest and largest migrations of over half-a-million Sandhill Cranes as they arrive along the Platte River during the spring at the Crane Trust in Wood River, Nebraska. The Crane Trust is offering two new Photo Workshops this coming 2017 migration season to capture unforgettable moments…

Tracking the Migration South

It’s nearly that time for the fall migration of cranes. We left off four months ago with the final update for the spring migration season and tracking our old friends. Everyone had settled into their breeding grounds, passing on from the Crane Trust to begin raising their young. To recap on…

Citizens Volunteer to Help Research and Land Management

This summer has seen many events go by, and many volunteers have helped us with our daily activities and projects. A big thanks goes out to all the wonderful Crane Trust volunteers! In addition to the year-round Nature and Visitor Center volunteers there is plenty of work to do…

Butterfly Emergence and Migration

Throughout the United States we have nearly 850 recorded butterfly species and just over six times that many moth species. This makes up the order Lepidoptera and totals about 6,230 species in the United States alone. These insects often have beautiful and distinct wing patterns that draw our eye,…

Update on the Crane Trust’s Growing Bison Herd

The Crane Trust’s herd of 63 plains bison has become familiar with the Platte River’s lowland riverine grasslands throughout 830 acres of our Shoemaker Island property, bringing with it a breathtaking and unmistakable sight upon our prairies. The hierarchical leader is a 9 year old bull, with a diverse…

CRANE TRUST EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. This achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. “We are doing some exciting things over here and with the backing of dedicated and passionate volunteers and staff, we’re able to…

TRACKING OLD FRIENDS – FINAL

This is our final update for the migration season and tracking our old friends! Everyone has settled into their breeding grounds. Most of the migrants have passed on from the Crane Trust to begin raising their young. Slate and Indigo have moved into Siberia. They took a long flight…

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Crane Trust is pleased to announce Rick Rasmussen as our featured artist of the month in the Hornady Art Gallery during May, June and July.

Rick is a life long native of Central Nebraska. He has been an avid nature and wildlife photographer since his early high school days. As a recipient of…

What Remains After the Sandhill Cranes Leave

When the nearly 500,000 sandhill cranes migrate on from Nebraska, their absence can leave the Crane Trust a seemingly very quiet place. You’d never know at a first glance that Crane Trust researchers have detected 148 bird species across the property since March began. The grand total for the…