Thousands of Sandhill Cranes descend on Kearney, Nebraska

Feb 26, 2017

Sandhill Cranes migrating to Canada and the Arctic every spring stop off for refueling in Kearney, Nebraska
Credit Thomas Wilmer

Every spring 80 percent of the world’s Sandhill Cranes descend on the Platte River Valley for a refueling stop before continuing their annual northward migration to Canada and the Arctic. A visit with Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau about experiencing the crane migration and other Kearney attractions.

Sandhill Cranes prepare to descend on the platte River in Kearney, Nebraska
Credit Thomas Wilmer

Visitors from around the world descend on the Kearney region to experience the cranes up close and personal. Jasnoch shares his passion for springtime crane watching, along with Whooping Cranes, eagles, ducks, geese, shorebirds and other wildlife that make their annual migrations through Nebraska.

Jasnoch talks about a mandatory stop along Interstate 80 to experience the Great Platte River Road Archway that free spans the interstate.

It’s a futuristic, multi-colored, steel-girdered structure. Inside the archway there is a Disneyesque experience that’s a hit with kids and adults alike.

The Archway chronicles 150 years of transportation through the Platte River Valley.

History is brought to life through engaging, bigger than life three-dimensional interpretive displays, from buffalo migrations, to the era of the covered wagons, and the advent of the Lincoln Highway—America’s first transcontinental highway that opened in 1913.

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