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Sandhill Crane Tours on the Platte River

Nebraska

Hundreds of sandhill cranes at roost on the Platte River.
Sandhill Cranes Roosting on the Platte River. © Chris Helzer/TNC

Overview

Event Overview

Make this your year to see the great migration!


 

SUNSET TOURS

We will meet at our Derr House facility for a brief presentation before caravanning to the property in your own vehicle and hiking up to a half mile to the blinds together.* 

After dark, the staff guide will lead the group back to the parking area. Everyone must arrive and leave as a group (we are unable to accommodate early departures except in case of an emergency).

*Please refer to accessibility information for transport options for limited mobility. 

Start time: 5:30 p.m.
End time (approximate): 8:30 p.m.
Dates:
Sunday, March 17th
Thursday, March 21st
Sunday, March 24th
Wednesday, March 27th

To reserve your spot, call or email: nicholas.salick@tnc.org or 402-342-0282, option 1.


 

SUNRISE TOURS

Your staff guide will meet you at our Derr House facility to relay instructions and safety information before caravanning to the property in your vehicle and hiking up to half a mile to the blinds together.*

*Please refer to accessibility information for transport options for limited mobility.

After the tour concludes, the staff guide will lead the group back to the parking area. Everyone must arrive and leave as a group (we are unable to accommodate early departures except in case of an emergency).

Start time: 6:00 a.m. (varies per tour—final timing will be relayed in your pre-tour briefing)
End time (approximate): 9:00 a.m.
Dates:
Sunday, March 17th
Monday, March 25th
Thursday, March 28th

To reserve your spot, email or call: nicholas.salick@tnc.org or 402-342-0282, option 1.


 

SAFETY INFORMATION

First aid and medical emergencies. Your staff guide will have one first aid kit with them at all times. The closest medical facility is Grand Island's CHI Health St. Francis, which is 21 miles away from the Derr House. In the event of a medical emergency during a tour, call 911.

Weather. TNC will use discretion in determining whether tours can be conducted safely and consistently with our conservation parameters. We will endeavor to cancel with at least eight hours of notice if inclement weather is forecasted. Tours may continue with light rain or snow. Please keep an eye on the forecast leading up to your tour to anticipate possible cancellation.

Packing list. We have compiled a suggested packing list to aid in adequate preparation for your tour.

  • Tissues
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Warm clothing (dark colors or camouflage strongly encouraged)
  • Boots or walking shoes that can get muddy
  • Headlamp or flashlight (red light is preferred but not mandatory)
  • Camera (please note that flash photography is not allowed at any time)
  • Snacks and a thermos (please minimize loud food packaging like foil)

See you on the Platte!