March 21 - March 30, 2014

3rd Annual Crane Watch Festival

The 3rd annual Crane Watch Festival dates have been set for March 21st through March 30th.  This year's festival will continue the tradition with a calendar of fun-filled, educational, family activities, entertainment and community wide events taking place in Kearney, Gibbon and Minden.  Please check out our calendar for this year's new events!

Plan Your Trip Today!

Visit the Kearney Visitors Bureau website at

About Sandhill Cranes

For 6 weeks, late February to early April, something magical happens in the heart of Nebraska. More than 80% percent of the world’s population of Sandhill Cranes converges on Nebraska’s Platte River. The Sandhill Cranes travel from southern wintering grounds to northern breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia. They stop along the Platte to rest and gain body fat as they prepare for their journey. Fossils of wing bones dating back nine million years have been discovered in Nebraska. Whooping Cranes, eagles, ducks & geese, and shorebirds are among the other wildlife that migrate through Central Nebraska. It’s an amazing sight and one that can only be truly appreciated in person. The Kearney area offers a variety of guided and self-guided crane viewing opportunities.

In 2010, the City of Kearney proclaimed the Kearney area as Sandhill Crane Capital of the World.

For additional Sandhill Crane information and articles, visit

Plan for next year...

2015 Crane Watch Festival
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Platte River Magazine Mentions

Top 25 Birding Sites - March/April issue of Wildbird and Top 10 Wildlife Spots - February/March issue of National Wildlife Wildbird Magazine's Top 25 Birding Sites National Wildlife Top 10 Wildlife Spots


The Crane Festival Planning Committee is made up of community organizations, attractions, businesses and local professionals.

If you have interest in volunteering on a committee, please call the Chamber at 308-237-3101.


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