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“Councils of Cranes”

Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Gibbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Conserving habitat along the Platte River focusing on Sandhill cranes, other wildlife and their habitats. Rowe sanctuary offers hiking trails, a visitor center, and gift shop. Seasonally, we offer viewing blinds which are strategically placed along the Platte River to provide excellent views of the Sandhill Cranes while they are on their river roost. Viewings are scheduled daily from March 2016- April 10 2016, last approximately two hours, and are led by trained guides. Crane Season Hours for the Iain Nicholson Audubon Visitor Center: Daily 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Reserved both sunrise and sunset blind tours. The crane counts at the time of our visit was very high, upwards of 500,000. Watching, and listening, to tens of thousands of cranes wake and dance and fly off the river at dawn, and then watching, and listening, to wave after wave of them land in front of us to carpet the river at sunset, cannot really be described--only experienced.

Thank Julie M
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We went on both the sunrise and sunset viewings. The experience was truly incredible! My brother and I kept commenting how nice, warm and friendly everyone was. We met great people, and the guides went above and beyond to make the experience fabulous. This is an experience I hope every person will have - it brings the meaning and reasons of conservation to a vivid point. My highest rating!!

Thank beachgirlsp3
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We reserved an evening crane viewing and it was well worth the trip. The blind does provide shelter from the elements but when they tell you to dress warm, they mean it. In addition to the cooler temperatures, the wind was really blowing on the river.

Thank Colleen K
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Indescribable as to the number of beautiful birds that were observed. Remarkable and definitely memorable. Worth the cold to see such beauty.

Thank HolmesFamilyofGC
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We went on the morning tour in the photography blind on 3/29/18. The walk was about a quarter mile in the dark, but it is very level terrain and our guide stopped a few times to let us rest and to impart information. There were only six photographers allowed, so there was plenty of room for tripods.

We were in the area for five days and it got cold. Wear your heavy winter gear and dress in several layers because you will be standing/sitting, but not active. We liked the big Hothands packets. The whole experience last 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

We were around 30-40 yards from the sandhill cranes overnighting in the river. The cranes are on no schedule, so you never know when they will head out to feed or return in the evening. We saw a massive "lift-off" of birds all along the river. The noise level is impressive, but not deafening or overwhelming.

Most of the people here are volunteers and they come from all over. If you even just like birds this is for you. We will be back.

Thank Craig S
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