March 22-23, 2021
Each spring, the sandhill cranes return to the Platte River. These large birds have made their migration to Nebraska and the Platte River for thousands of years. It’s a natural wonder experienced nowhere else on earth. We have two opportunities to witness the immense annual migration with a local guide.
Day 1: Today we head north to Grand Island, Nebraska. After an included lunch, we arrive at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Centerto pick up a local step-on guide. Experience the sights and sounds of over a half-million Sandhill Cranes gathering along the Platte River. During the day, the cranes are in the fields eating, “fueling up” to continue their journey north. We are able to get off the coach and view these large, majestic birds. This evening enjoy an included dinner and live entertainment. (L, D)
Day 2: This morning we get up early to see the cranes again at sunrise! We arrive at the Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River to meet our guide and head to the viewing blinds. Sunrise is a prime viewing time on the river. As the day breaks, the sandhill cranes “liftoff” from their river roost for the fields. Next we visit the Case New Holland plant (schedule permitting) for a guided tour. This facility has over 897,000 square feet with over 2 miles of overhead conveyors, state-of-the-art equipment including lasers and robotic welding. We tour all stages of the manufacturing and assembly process. After an included lunch we drive back to Yoder. As we make our way back, we leave with memories of the natural spectacle of the majestic Sandhill Cranes. (B, L)