Nebraska - Platte River Valley
This small stretch of the river is critical habitat needed by the cranes because of its shallow depth, multitude of sandbars which provide safe roosting at night and plentiful food via countless nearby farm fields. During the day, the cranes disperse into the surrounding farm fields to feed on waste grains and any other food they may find. Each evening, the cranes start to make their way back to the river. They roost for the night along the river on the sandbars, which provide needed protection from predators. At sunrise the next morning, they disperse once again to feed for the day.
The cranes spend about a month resting and feeding along the Platte, generally from early March to early April, then continue on their way north. Mid-march is generally considered to be the peak week for the birds. This gathering on the Platte is one of nature's great wonders and if you have the chance to experience it, you will never forget it.