Witness One of America’s Great Migrations in Nebraska’s Platte River Valley
Each spring Nebraska becomes the staging grounds for one of North America’s greatest wildlife phenomena. The Platte River Valley, which snakes through the center of the state, just so happens to be smack-dab in the middle of an eyeglass-shaped flyway that’s the migratory path for sandhill cranes. Some 500,000 of them (about 80 percent of the world’s population) converge on the Platte River between February and April, joining millions more waterfowl in a cacophony of noise. Early April is your best chance to see a rare whooping crane (North America’s tallest bird) in the mix. Make the Crane Trust’s Nature & Visitor Center near Grand Island your base for hikes, tours, and river excursions.
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