Ecological Overview

Preserving a Fragile Ecosystem

Crane Trust works to preserve and maintain habitat for both the most numerous and the rarest of 15 crane species worldwide: Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes. In March, Sandhill Cranes roost in the tens of thousands each night on the river in front of our viewing blinds. And the highly endangered Whooping Cranes rely on us to protect their migration route. Join us in March each year to experience this one-of-a-kind spectacle!

The Crane Trust works to research and preserve the complex ecological balance of the Platte River ecosystem. Crane Trust scientists use technology and partnerships to better understand the history, diversity, and sustainability of these fragile systems. Findings are shared through photography, time-lapse videos and other means to help inform a broad audience outside of the scientific community.

Want to learn more?
Read these fact sheets to discover more about Crane Trust's work.