Central Nebraska’s heralds of spring have returned to the Platte River valley. Officials at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary announced that sandhill cranes arrived in the area around Valentine’s Day.
On a recent outing to the Platte River at Rowe Sanctuary, hundreds of sandhill cranes could be seen gathered in a meadow. Thousands of geese and ducks filled river channels, sloughs, and the air, while a half a dozen eagles cruised the river looking for an easy meal.
Widely known as North America’s greatest migration spectacle, the convergence of half a million sandhill cranes and millions of waterfowl on the Big Bend reach of the Platte River draws visitors from around the world. One destination for many of those visitors is the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary located along south bank of the Platte River between Highway 10 and Lowell Road.
“Last year we had around 15,000 people visit the sanctuary during the spring crane migration,” Director Bill Taddicken stated. “We had visitors from all 50 states and 49 countries. We expect this year to be another great year.”
This spring, Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary is celebrating 40 years of protecting, restoring habitat for and raising public awareness about sandhill cranes. They are planning an anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 15th.
For more see the Feb. 26th Minden Courier