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We were amazed and very pleased to see large groups of sandhill cranes fly into the staging area along the shore of the Platte River, which happened to be directly across from the Crane Trust blind--initially, there were groups of 20-30 birds, then the groups became 30-50 birds, or 50-100 cranes! The sight and sound of the birds flying to the river was awesome and a privilege to witness! As daylight waned, birds headed into the river to stand in the shallow water overnight, thereby avoiding predation. Our blind was very comfortable with plenty of viewing space for guests who were standing, and there was a two-tier bench the length of the blind for those who wanted to sit.
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Very interesting.
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Enjoyed the introductory program, the guides and the comfort of the blind.
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Awesome watching the cranes land as with the sunset as a backdrop; very informative guides; would go again...sunrise next time to get both ends of the experience!
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My husband and I participated in an Evening Blind Tour in mid-March, lasting about two hours. It was cold and bleak but worth every minute. Cranes chose to roost near the blind; we watched them fly in, scout out the area, and by the time we left 1/8 to 1/4 mile of the Platte River was covered with cranes, one shore to the other. Fascinating look at crane migration. Guy was an excellent volunteer guide. We hope to send other friends along the way. It is a wonderful protection and conservation service. We are lucky to have this prairie/high plains site. Now, we will make a contribution.