Date: 10/9/19 10:59 am From: Jennifer Hammett <jenham227...> Subject: Re: Question about Nebraska
My husband and I have been going to see the cranes for 20 years and they never cease to amaze. I have found over that time the earlier you go in March the more of the geese and ducks along with the cranes. As March goes on the geese and ducks kind of exit as the majority of the Cranes start to come in. The end of March the cranes start to exit and then you have a good chance of Whooping Cranes. The first of April starts to bring in the Shorebirds and there are still Cranes. Taylor Ranch north of Grand Island always has Prairie Chickens no matter the time of the month. Further north on Highway 2 there are ranches that have Prairie Chicken and Sharp Tailed Grouse Leks.
In those 20 years, I have never done the festival that Rowe does and I have never done a blind. I am a wander the back roads type of person and I have never been disappointed. Also Crane Trust has a speaker series that has some great speakers throughout the month. I have seen George Archibald co-founder of the International Crane Foundation and Greg Miller, one of the people the book and movie “The Big Year” is based in.
This last year was extremely challenging due to the flooding the state experienced and is still experiencing. We only had access to Rowe on afternoon of the five Fay’s we were there and it required an SUV or truck, most cars could not get through. A lot of the roads I usually go on were closed.
There is a lot of information on the internet.
I have never heard of the NABS conference. I will definitely check that out, thank you Steve.
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On Oct 9, 2019, at 11:44 AM, Steve Garr <steve...> wrote:
Mary and all,
I highly recommend taking in the Crane migration via the "Follow the Flock" 2020 NABS Conference in Kearney March 11th- 15th. It is hosted by the good folks from Bluebirds Across Nebraska and they are old hands at putting together a super event centered around Sandhill Cranes and other birding activities. My wife Regina and I have attended three times and we will attend again in 2020. It is an incredibly well-organized, educational, and FUN way to experience this spectacular natural encounter.
In addition to several trip opportunities to the crane viewing blinds (both morning and evening) there is a wonderful birding field trip (often includes a trip to a prairie chicken lek), a "Prairie Culture Tour", and terrific speakers INCLUDING the Director of Rowe Sanctuary's Ian Nicolson Audubon Center, Bill Taddicken.
Please do check out the field trips and speakers/workshops described in the Registration form in the link above.
It is always more enjoyable to participate in birding activities when you not only know a little of what to expect--but also what is expected of you. SO, the group has provided these TIPS for enjoying the event packed with great information about viewing the cranes, however you choose to participate.
Hope to see you in March in Nebraska!
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 09:34:02 AM CDT, Mary McCarthy <000000bbb2ce0f37-dmarc-request...> wrote:
Where and when do you go in Nebraska for Crane migration?