More Info: The webcam covers a 5 mile stretch of the river and shows part of one of the most important stopover points on the sandhill crane migration. Groups of cranes stay around three weeks once they arrive to this location. The best times to view the cranes on the river are early mornings and evenings.
Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary is a non-profit organization set up to conserve the Platte River ecosystems for sandhill cranes and other wildlife through conservation and education.
Every year 400,000 to 600,000 sandhill cranes - 80 percent of all the cranes on the planet - congregate along an 80-mile stretch of the central Platte River in Nebraska, to fatten up on waste grain in the empty cornfields in preparation for the journey to their Arctic and subarctic nesting grounds. Without the energy gained along the Platte, cranes might arrive at their breeding grounds in a weakened condition - where food may be limited until the spring growing season begins.
The river is very shallow and sandbars dot the channels. It is here the cranes rest at night, gaining protection from predators like coyotes.