Birding & Wildlife

Birding & Wildlife

Sitting at the juncture of the North and South Platte Rivers and surrounded by rolling hills, valleys and farmland it’s no wonder that the area around North Platte has been a haven for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts for years.

Birding Drives

Because of the varied geography of the area around North Platte there are some stunning drives that will give you wonderfully diverse nature and bird viewing opportunities. You can check out some of our planned routes or just set off down the road in search of new sights and sounds.

Prairie Chickens

There’s more to birding in the area around North Platte than the annual Sandhill Crane migration. Every spring during the early morning hours a lucky few people will witness the mating dance of the Greater Prairie Chicken. The sound and sight of the annual spring rite of passage of the Prairie Chicken is a must-see for dedicated nature lovers. Their...

Sandhill Crane Migration

Each spring the most incredible migration event in the world passes through the North Platte, Nebraska area. More than 200,000 Sandhill Cranes will spend about six weeks in the North Platte River valley fortifying themselves for the nesting period to come. While they are here, they will engage in beautiful courtship and pair-bonding behaviors. Courting cranes are magnificent as they...

Whooping Cranes

While bird watching throughout Nebraska, be sure to keep an eye out for Whooping Cranes. The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America, and is one of the best-known endangered species on the continent. The Whooping Crane is the rarest of the world’s 15 species of Cranes. It is estimated that less than 1,000 individuals exist worldwide. About...