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Sandhill Crane Counts – Week 4

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The total Sandhill Crane count for 03/08/2016 was 239,500 with an error of +/- 7.14% estimated from photo subplots. There were 63,500 Sandhill Cranes on Crane Trust Properties. The overall count is up from last week by about 26,000. We usually start…

Tracking Our Old Friends As They Migrate North

Four sandhill cranes that the Crane Trust has been tracking spent the winter in northwest Texas, close to where our partners from Texas Tech first put tracking devices on the cranes’ legs one year ago. The tracking device is called a platform transmitter terminal (PTT) and it sends signals…

SANDHILL CRANE COUNTS – Week 3

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The total count of Sandhill Cranes in the Big Bend Region of the Platte River (Chapman to Overton, NE, just over 80 miles) was 213,600 (+/-5.05%) on Monday, February 29, 2016. This is by far the largest number of cranes counted in…

Sandhill Crane Counts from Aerial Surveys

Andrew Caven, Lead Biologist

The total count on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 was 82,100 Sandhill Cranes with an error of +/- 8.4% (+/-6,900 birds) calculated from photo subplots (aerial photos taken and full counts completed in the office and compared). However, that error rate demonstrates a downward…

When is the best time to see sandhill cranes in Nebraska?

Prospective crane-viewers ask this question frequently. Here’s the simple answer for those planning a trip to Nebraska: mid to late March gives you virtually a 100% chance of seeing plenty of sandhill cranes. Casual crane viewers need not read further.

If you continued on to this paragraph, perhaps you’re a…

Protect this Habitat

For thousands of years, nature governed the land. When standing upon the majestic prairie you’d see massive herds of bison roaming the tall grass. Natural wildfires would sweep across the land, cleansing it, and pave the way for new life to take hold. And the beautiful sunrises would create…

Artist of the Month

Crane Trust is pleased to announce Pat Branting as our featured artist November through January.

Pat grew up loving the outdoors along the Platte River, nearby lakes, and beautiful sandhills surrounding North Platte, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BA in education and an art minor. Moving to Bozeman,…

2015 Nebraska Travel Industry Award Winner

Nebraska’s tourism industry professionals honored the Crane Trust at the Celebrate Nebraska Awards Gala in Columbus, Nebraska during the Nebraska Tourism Conference. State Senator Paul Schumacher of Columbus and Nebraska Tourism Commission Executive Director Kathy McKillip announced the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center as the 2015 Nebraska Travel Industry award winner of…

We Need Your Help to Preserve Our Natural Environment

The Crane Trust recently became aware of the potential development of a sand and gravel pit and a temporary asphalt/concrete plant southwest of the I-80 and Alda road junction being developed on what is now 143.5 acres of cornfield. This is directly across from the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor…

Aug/Sept Artist of the Month

Crane Trust is pleased to announce Tina Simeon as our featured artist through October.

Tina is a self taught artist and has been drawing since she could first hold a pencil. Her favorite medium is graphite but also does quite a bit of work in pen and ink. She likes these two mediums…