Sandhill Cranes

A Spring Birding Mecca

While the Sandhill Cranes are the big draw in the spring, the North Platte area is a great place to view Bald Eagles, Trumpeter Swans, American White Pelicans, and thousands of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Why You Need To See Nebraska’s Sandhill Crane Migration

The sandhill cranes visit a 100-mile section of Nebraska between Grand Island, Kearney, and North Platte known as the Central Flyway. The Platte River, a shallow and wide waterway, provides natural protection for the birds at night as they huddle together on the sandbars.

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Commune with Nature: Birds in North Platte with Dusty Trails

Hold on to your hats, I am going to write about birds. However, you don’t have to be working on your “list” or be a bird nerd like me in order to enjoy these outings. This is about more than birding, it’s about a moment of nature that very few get to experience. And that, my friends, is bragging rights.

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Dance Fighting in North Platte, Nebraska: Prairie Chicken Tour

The males do a dance I can only describe as similar to the Broadway play, “West Side Story.” They run at one another, raise the feathers on their heads, blow up air sacks on the sides of their heads, and leap into the air. Sometimes wings flap and the birds fly, sort of. We actually didn’t witness the chickens touch one another but they seemed rather serious about all of this.

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