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The Great Sandhill Crane Migration

  • Destination: Kearney, Nebraska
  • Duration: Multi Day Tour: 5 Day / 4 Night
  • Availability: March 17-21, 2021 & March 24-28, 2021
  • Maximum Group Size: 12 Guests per Guide
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$1,599

Experience the Great Sandhill Crane Migration in Kearney, Nebraska on this 5 day, 4 night guided tour with BrushBuck Wildlife Tours!

An estimated 500,000 sandhill cranes gather on the banks of the Platte River in Nebaska, 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.

This 5 day / 4 night tour includes lodging, refreshments, airport pickup and drop-off in Omaha, the use of binoculars/spotting scopes, and crane viewing blinds.

Tour Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

DAY 1: AN EVENING ON THE PRAIRIE

Pickup time for day 1 is between 8:30AM and 11AM in Omaha. We will pick you up at either your hotel or the Omaha Airport. Please plan on flying into Omaha the day before your adventure starts!  We will transport you from Omaha to 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.

Meals Included: Dinner

Accommodations

Calamus Outfitters Lodge (or similar)

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Calamus Outfitters Lodge (or similar)

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Holiday Inn in Kearney, Nebraska (or similar)

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodations

Holiday Inn in Kearney, Nebraska (or similar)

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. Approximate arrival time to Omaha will be 1:00pm, so please plan your return flights accordingly.

Meal: Breakfast

* End of Tour *

* Accommodations subject to change and availability.

What's Included

  • 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
  • Alcoholic beverages & personal Items
  • Guide gratuity (10-15% of tour price recommended)

Small Public Tour Pricing

  • Double Occupancy$1,599 / person
  • Single Occupancy$1,899 / person

2021 Dates:

  • March 17-21, 2021
  • March 24-28, 2021

Limited Spots Available. Book Your Tour Today!

Please contact BrushBuck with any questions or to reserve your tour!

  • 888-282-5868Local: 307-699-2999
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