- 243 Ratings
Morning Platte River Birding Tour
Get up early to discover 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 and more as they start the day.
What You Will Do
- Spend the morning observing birds in their natural habitat on a guided tour on the Platte River
- Watch native critters nesting, eating and soaring along the shore as the sun begins to climb into the sky
- Listen to stories of the birds and their roosting routines at the Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center
- Guided bird tour
Full refunds for cancellations made at least 7 days in advance.
- 243 Ratings
The service provided was excellent, the video, the guides, the knowledge of the guide while at the actual blind. Added benefit of seeing 2 Bald Eagles on the river, which stirred up the cranes several times. Wish the cranes had roosted a little closer to the blind, but you have no control over that! A positive experience and one I would recommend to others.
We had a wonderful time. It was amazing to see the Sandhill cranes so close. Looking forward to doing it again next year!
The tour was amazing. The video beforehand was helpful. Watching 50,000 cranes wake up on the Platte River was incredible. The guides were very receptive and answered many questions. Plus they shared a spotting scope which gave us a very up close view. The only drawback was that some of us were ready to leave at 8, and neither guide paid attention to that until 8:30. Then seemed surprised when everyone was more than ready to head back to their cars.
We had a great experience. Ours was the morning of March 28th. We stayed at the Main Stay Suites motel in G.I. --- very nice, clean, place... and it would be perfect for folks who want to spend several days there with their kitchenettes, larger fridges.
What an amazing experience to see the thousands upon thousands of cranes roosting in the Platte! I would have loved to watch them all take flight at the same time. They left for the fields in small groups so we didn’t get the thrill of the masses leaving but it was still an awesome site just seeing them roosting.
- Sheila L
Our tour was a unique experience. The volunteer guides were knowledgeable and congenial. Will recommend to friends. May come back to experience the evening tour as well.
Our guides were very knowledgable and helpful. Seeing and hearing the cranes in the morning was an awesome experience. it is difficult to explain in words. You have to be there. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Excellent presentation by staff. Very knowledgeable and willing to answer all questions while providing insight as to what we were witnessing
Before dawn, Nancy from Nebraska led us out to the blind where we waited in silence for the cranes to awaken. Experiencing thousands of Sandhill Cranes on water, land, and sky was incredible. With our eyes we followed the path of the coyote and a young bald eagle. The blind kept us us out of the wind and symphony of the cranes warmed our hearts. The coffee and hot cinnamon roll tasted especially delicious after our time in the cold. As a rite of spring, we will continue to return to Central Nebraska each year and be filled with the Song of the Cranes!
very interesting. I will be sending an article re: new technology you could use to count cranes....
The well-articulated mission of the Crane Trust to preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity of the Platte River valley for the 600,000 Sandhill Cranes, 220+ bird species and 450+ plant species, as well as many mammals, is fully supported by both planned and implemented strategies. Visiting the Trust Center provided informative videos, animal and bird displays, travel information, a snack bar, lectures, trails to explore and a viewing tower. A herd of bison is nearby. Staff and volunteers are welcoming, accessible, knowledgeable. Sandhill Cranes are abundant and their behavior mesmerizing. The blinds, requiring reservations, are easy to reach and provide great viewing both at sunrise and sunset. Programs provide for both day visitors, as well as offering an overnight VIP option with heated blind viewing, comfortable cottages and meals. The Crane Trust is a treasure for the state of Nebraska, the U.S. and the planet not to be missed.
The morning or evening blind tour are both extraordinary - you arrive early enough not to disturb the cranes and as the world awakens, you are there to see the reveal of thousands and thousands of cranes. Knowledgeable guides are in the blind along w/ a spotting scope and it's just exhilarating to hear the cranes and watch them take off. Seemed like in about 15 minutes they had all departed. Memory for a lifetime!!
Informative guide.... beautiful spot
Everyone should go. Great and it was worth it.
The blinds gave us the opportunity to get close up views of thousands of cranes that we could not have gotten without being in the blind. But, the guides get the credit for making this a fantastic experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and funny, and he really made our day.