- 133 Ratings
Evening Platte River Birding Tour
Spend the evening discovering local birds roosting along a gorgeous stretch of river deep in the heart of America. Work with a professional to get an unforgettable glimpse of cranes as they come home for the night.
What You Will Do
- Observe birds in their natural habitat on a guided tour on the Platte River during the evening
- Watch native critters nesting, eating and soaring along the shore as the sun slowly descends below the horizon
- Listen to stories of the birds and their roosting routines at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center
- Witness the birds heading back to their roost, something they only do in the evening
- Guided bird tour
Full refunds for cancellations made at least seven days in advance.
- 133 Ratings
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.
Enjoyed the introductory program, the guides and the comfort of the blind.
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!
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.
The accommodations were very comfortable, the food was delicious, the guides were friendly, informative, and great to be around. The blind was great, especially the fact that it was heated, and the entire "wall" facing the river was plexiglass so we could see even if the windows were closed. I think we guests were treated very, very well.
Guy was a great guide! Lots of good information! Wonderful to see so many cranes!