Crane Viewing

Virtual Crane Tours

About Virtual Tours

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 each spring.

During the annual migration, 1 million or more sandhill cranes pass through central Nebraska on their way to breeding grounds in the north. It’s not unusual for more than 200,000 cranes to be found along the Platte River near the Crane Trust at any given time.

During a typical spring, up to 4,000 people view the cranes from blinds at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center. Another 1,000 experience the migration from VIP blinds on Crane Trust land. The money raised contributes significantly to our year-round habitat maintenance efforts.


How to Sign Up

By becoming a member you will receive around-the-clock access to a crane viewing camera throughout March. Memberships can also be given as a gift to grant access to the recipient.

Guided tours will begin 30 minutes before sunrise and an hour before sunset each day. The guides will offer insights and answer questions submitted online without interrupting the spectacle of the cranes leaving their roosts in the morning and returning in the evening.

The state-of-the-art camera will offer a broad perspective of the Platte along with zoom and pan capabilities. Check out the video below to see a few highlights from our virtual crane tour camera!

To become a member and sign up for 2023 Virtual Crane Tours, click below.


A glimpse of what you can expect!