The Crane Trust–Protecting Habitat

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Sandhill Cranes on Platte River, Nebraska
Sandhill Cranes return to the safety of the Platte River’s sandbars as descending darkness arrives in Nebraska. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Every spring, from time immemorial, from late February through early April, more than 500,000 Sandhill Cranes stop off in Central Nebraska to refuel and rest before completing their annual northbound migration to Canada and the Arctic tundra.


The Crane Trust was formed to protect the physical, hydrological, and biological integrity of the Big Bend area of the Platte River, the Sandhill Crane’s temporary home. The Trust owns or manages more than 10,000 acres of critical habitat. Among the trust’s numerous essential missions is the improvement of the wetlands and grasslands surrounding the Platte River by removing invasive weeds, clearing overgrowth and restoration of native prairie. Come along and join Brice Krohn, Senior Director at the Crane Trust in Wood River, Nebraska.

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Sandhill Cranes on the Platte
Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River, Nebraska. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer