The Great Sandhill Crane Migration

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Join us as we chase the Great Sandhill Crane Migration in Kearney Nebraska. An estimated 500,000 sandhill cranes gather on the banks of the Platte River, creating one of the true wildlife spectacles of North America. In addition to the Sandhill Crane, you’ll see 40 to 50 different species of birds:

Common Mergansers and the Northern Shoveler

Redheads, Canvasbacks, and Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, and American Pelican

Snow Geese, Canada Geese, and Red-winged Blackbird

Horned larks, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Western Meadowlark

Cedar Waxwing, Greater Prairie Chicken (Grouse), and the Sharp-tailed Grouse

Hawks:  Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned, and Rough-legged

Bald Eagles, Wild Turkey, and the Great Horned Owl

We will also have a great chance to see coyote, Red fox, Mule deer, and Whitetail deer.  The five day- four night tour includes lodging, refreshments, airport pickup and drop-off in Omaha, the use of binoculars/spotting scopes, and crane viewing blinds.

Day 1: An Evening on the Prairie
After you arrive at the Omaha airport, we will take you to our lodge out on the prairie.  You’ll enjoy a beautiful prairie sunset and a possible star lit night walk after dinner and sundowners.

Accommodations: Calamus Outfitters Lodge
Meal: Dinner

Day 2: Prairie Chickens and Switzer Ranch
Day two starts early for Prairie chicken viewing with our Calamus Outfitter guide. We will view prairie chicken leks (breeding areas) as males compete for breeding rights. Expect lots of action early before we head back to the lodge for brunch; we’ll then depart for bird and wildlife viewing in the afternoon around the Switzer Ranch.

Accommodations: Calamus Outfitters Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Calamus Lake
Expect to start your day with a beautiful sunrise as we wait to catch a glimpse of the Sharp-tailed Grouse in our early morning blinds. After brunch, we will depart for Calamus Lake where in March 2014, Brushbuck guests saw over 100 Bald Eagles and 20 different species of other birds.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn or similar in Kearney, Nebraska
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sandhill Crane Viewing/Audubon Society Viewing Blinds

See one of Earth’s most spectacular wildlife events as thousands of sandhill cranes take flight in the beautiful Platte River sunrise. We will watch this scene unfold from the Audubon Society viewing blinds on Rowe Sanctuary. After morning crane viewing and brunch,  guests will have an opportunity to attend their choice of guest speakers covering many different wildlife subjects.  We will head back out to catch cranes coming in to roost for the evening.

Accommodations: Holiday Inn or similar in Kearney, Nebraska
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Return to Omaha
BrushBuck guests will depart early so we can stop for wildlife viewing on our way to Omaha to catch flights home.

Meal: Breakfast




$2,799.00 per person based on double occupancy, $2,999.00 for the single traveler.

Tour Includes

  • BrushBuck Naturalist Guide
  • Select meals
  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • Airport pickup/dropoff at Omaha airport or surrounding area
  • Use of binoculares/spotting scopes & tripods
  • Jeep Tour of the Switzer Ranch
  • 4 nights lodging as listed
  • 1 prairie chicken blind viewing trip
  • 1 sharptail grouse blind viewing trip
  • 2 sandhill crane blind viewing trips

Excludes air travel to Omaha, Nebraska and excludes select meals

Tour Availability

2017 Dates:

March 8-12, 2017
March 13-17, 2017
March 15-19, 2017
March 22-26, 2017
March 27-31, 2017
March 29-April 2, 2017

2018 Dates:

March 10-14, 2018
March 15-19, 2018
March 21-25, 2018

2019 Dates:

March 13-17, 2019
March 20-24, 2019
March 25-29, 2019

Cancellation Policy

50% of the price of the tour will be withheld outside of 60 days; within 60 days, 100% of the total price of the tour will be charged.


Please feel free to contact BrushBuck today to reserve your adventure of a lifetime!

888-282-5868 | (local 307-699-2999)

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