*Sandhill Crane Migration Tour

Dates: March 23, 2019

Meets: Sa from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM

Location: SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

Registration Fee: $119.00

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Requirement: moderate to extensive walking

Witness the world’s largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes from the banks of the Platte River in south-central Nebraska. Every year during March and early April over 500,000 Sandhill Cranes along with hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese converge on the Platte River Valley. There will be several opportunities to view the cranes. You’ll meet experienced staff guides of the Crane Trust Nature Center and Fort Kearny Historical State Park during this tour. Each of these sites are located right in the heart of this magnificent Sandhill Crane staging area where the birds can be viewed in the fields and in gatherings on their roosts along the Platte River.

Your first stop is the Crane Trust Nature Center in Wood River, NE which provides a place where you can connect to nature along the Platte River. The spacious interpretive center offers exhibits on cranes, waterfowl, and endangered species. The center also includes the Crimson Crown Gift Ship and an art gallery highlighting Nebraska’s top photographic artist. There’s a 35-foot observation tower that offers a commanding view of the valley and the nearby herd of bison. Next, enjoy buffet-style dining at the Alley Rose with an entrée, several side dishes, salad bar, dessert, and beverage for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Museum of Nebraska Arts (MONA), home to the state’s only collection of art created solely by Nebraskans. Then explore the famous Frank House with an interesting guided tour of the three story mansion. The Frank House is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and was built in 1889. It was the first residence in the region to have electricity and indoor plumbing. The Façade is Colorado Sandstone. Interior highlights include a Tiffany stained glass window, hand carved oak woodwork, fabulous chandeliers, and authentic Victorian period pieces. Afterward, a special surprise stop will be included before an early dinner at a fast food restaurant.

 

Fort Kearny is the next destination in the early evening. View the historical fort which includes a blacksmith-carpenter shop, powder magazine, and split stockade. Visit the Historical Campground site for watching the cranes.  Then follow the 1/3 mile trail to a bridge that overlooks the Platte River. Hear and see the cranes roosting for the evening at a distance during sunset. Wear comfortable shoes, a warm jacket, hat and bring a flashlight. Avoid wearing the color orange. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to capture excellent views of the river and wildlife.

 

Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, Frank House guided tour, buffet luncheon (including tax and gratuity), Museum of Nebraska Art’s tour, the surprise stop tour, and the Fort Kearny park fee. Bring money for shopping, snacks, and evening dining. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8 a.m. from Sarpy Center; (park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 11:30 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.

Notes:

Requirement: moderate to extensive walking
Wear comfortable shoes, a warm jacket, hat and bring a flashlight. Avoid wearing the color orange. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to capture excellent views of the river and wildlife. Cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, Frank House guided tour, buffet luncheon (including tax and gratuity), Museum of Nebraska Art’s tour, the surprise stop tour, and the Fort Kearny park fee. Bring money for shopping, snacks and evening dining. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8 a.m. from Sarpy Center; (park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot). Return is approximately 11:30 p.m. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip.
Fee: $119.00
Hours:15.50
CEUs:1.55

SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

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