*Sandhill Crane Migration Tour

Dates: March 28, 2020

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

Location: SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

Registration Fee: $124.00

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Requirement: moderate 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. For lunch enjoy a buffet at the Alley Rose with an entrée, several side dishes, salad bar, and dessert. 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 experience the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, a fantastic link to the past spanning Interstate 80, with 79,000 square feet of exhibits. Eight stories span a distance where trappers, pioneers, and the Pony Express once passed through. Learn about the trials and triumph of their story told through huge murals, displays, lighting, and narration. TripAdvisor.com ranks the Archway the number one attraction in the area and has very high rating reviews. Afterwards, 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. Next, visit the Historical Campground site for watching the cranes. You'll follow a 1/3 mile trail to a bridge that overlooks the Platte River to hear and see the cranes roosting for the evening at a distance. Bring comfortable shoes, a warm jacket, hat, and flashlight. Wear dark colored clothing so you won't be spotted as easily by the Cranes. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to capture excellent views of the river and wildlife!

Cost paid to Metro is for bus transportation, the buffet luncheon, tax and gratuity, MONA tour, the surprise stop tour, the Platte River Archway Monument fee and the Fort Kearny park fee. Other meals and shopping are not included. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8:00 a.m. from Metro's Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road; park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. Return is approximately 11:30 p.m. Refunds will not be allowed within 7 days of the trip. Trip leader is Kevin Kowskie.

Notes:

Cost paid to Metro is for bus transportation, the buffet luncheon, tax and gratuity, MONA tour, the surprise stop tour, the Platte River Archway Monument fee and the Fort Kearny park fee. Other meals and shopping are not included. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 8:00 a.m. from MCC's Sarpy Center, 9110 Giles Road; park and meet the bus at the northeast parking lot. Return is approximately 11:30 p.m. Refunds will not be allowed within 7 days of the trip. Bring comfortable shoes, a warm jacket, hat and flashlight. Wear dark colored clothing so you won't be spotted as easily by the Cranes. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to capture excellent views of the river and wildlife. Visit mccneb.me/travel for complete descriptions and important details. Moderate walking is required.
Fee: $124.00
Hours:15.50
CEUs:1.55

SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

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