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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…

July Artist of the Month

Crane Trust is pleased to announce Pat James as our featured artist through July 28th.

Pat James’ art is inspired by the pastureland she calls home along the Missouri River, near Lynch, Nebraska. Pat uses digital photography to document and interpret the landscapes, including natural and man-made elements.

Her art is both familiar and surreal, and…

BUFFALO STAMPEDE 5K AND KIDS’ MILE

Join us on Saturday, July 18, 2015, for the Crane Trust’s 3rd Annual Buffalo Stampede 5K and Kids’ Mile. The Stampede will be run on historic Shoemaker Island – a beautiful expanse of native Platte River habitat. The 5K is open to runners and walkers of all ages and…

TRACKING THE SANDHILL CRANES’ JOURNEY TO THE MIDWEST

In the Crane Trust Winter e-Newsletter, we touched on our partnership with researchers from Texas Tech University in order to deploy GPS tracking devices on four Lesser Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis canadensis). The cranes were fitted with the tracking devices while at their winter grounds in northwest Texas near Muleshoe…