The great Central Flyway that these birds use in their migration bottlenecks right through central Nebraska. While Kearney and Grand Island like to claim that the flyway is only about 80 miles in width, just taking in their two communities, and extending a little way to either side, as you'll see, North Platte gets plenty of Sandhill Crane action. There is also a nice sized group of Sandhill Cranes that migrate through west of Lake McConaughy in the Lewellen and Oshkosh area.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission placed a viewing blind on the North Platte River at the North River Wildlife Management Area just north of Hershey. It is placed with great viewing opportunities of a very nice sized roost.
Rowe Sanctuary or the Crane Trust (both organizations do an excellent job of telling the Crane story and preserving the Platte River habitat), but we do have far fewer visitors putting pressure on the Cranes, and excellent free viewing sites.
You'll also find large numbers of Sandhill Cranes at North Platte's Golden Spike Tower and Visitors Center and the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park.
It only happens once a year, and then for only a few short weeks. Don't miss your chance to experience the Sandhill Crane migration!