Sandhill cranes on the Platte River
SANDHILL CRANES Overnight roost along the Platte River in Nebraska © Chris Helzer/TNC

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2019 Crane Tours

Members are invited to experience the migration in Wood River, Nebraska.

Is this your year to lose yourself in the singular sights and sounds of the ancient migration?  

Click on the date you're interested in below to register.  Tours are free for members. Space is limited, and registration is required.  Sunset tours include presentations by Conservancy staff on the natural history of the crane migration and ecology of the Platte River.  

Sunset Tours 
March 9th: 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
March 15th: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
March 23rd: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sunrise Tours 
March 10th: 6:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
March 16th: 6:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
March 24th 6:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Please remember to dress warmly.  You will be spending close to two hours in a cold, uninsulated, and well-ventilated blind with very limited seating.  Dark clothing is preferred, to avoid being seen by the birds as you enter and exit the blind.

Wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.  The half-mile walk to and from the blinds from the road is somewhat rough and sometimes muddy.  For members with limited mobility, we have access to an electric vehicle for transport to and from the blind, but you MUST let us know of your need at least one week before your tour date. 

You might want to bring a snack and a thermos; feel free to eat during the presentation and in the blinds.  The viewing blind has no bathroom facilities, so please plan accordingly (there are restrooms at the Derr House).

Everyone arrives and leaves as a group.  To respect the wildlife, no one may leave the blinds until after dark or before sunrise.  

Flash photography is not allowed.  

Expect to whisper.  

Please bring your own binoculars and headlamp or flashlight.

No pets or tripods, please. 

Contact Eliza Perry with questions at or (402) 342-0282 x 1012.