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Nebraska
Birding the Plains and Sandhills of Nebraska: Cranes and Grouse
Observe one of nature’s greatest spectacles! In Nebraska’s Platte River valley, view the world’s largest gathering of cranes, plus millions of waterfowl and rare species of grouse!
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 1259RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,429

At a Glance

Nearly half a million Sandhill Cranes descend upon the broad valley of Nebraska’s Platte River from late February until early April, creating the largest gathering of cranes in the world. Journey through rural Nebraska to witness some of earth’s greatest wildlife spectacles — from the millions of ducks and geese found in the Rainwater Basin to the amazing plumage and courting ritual of two rare species, Sharp-tailed Grouse and Greater Prairie Chickens.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 1 mile daily on unpaved paths. Standing up to 3 hours daily in blinds and other viewing areas. Must be able to board and disembark transport. Cold weather and walking in low light conditions (pre-sunrise, post-sunset) increase the level of difficulty.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Along the Platte River, observe Sandhill Cranes feeding in the fields for as far as the eye can see.
  • View an abundance of waterfowl, shore birds and resident raptors at the Harlan County Reservoir.
  • Witness the annual spring courtship rites of the Sharp-tailed Grouse and the Greater Prairie Chickens.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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William J. Bertschy
Bill Bertschy is president of the Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service, founded in July of 2008. The Institute organizes and manages a variety of educational travel and service programs, working with organizations including Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Road Scholar, and others. Bill retired in 2008 after 35 years serving as the director of the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University. Bill received a PH.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Higher Education Administration. He also received a M.Ed. and B.S. from Colorado State University. He belongs to several professional organizations and serves on two non-profit Boards of Directors including the Poudre Heritage Alliance. He served 1997-2005 on the Fort Collins City Council, and was Mayor Pro-Tem. Bill has traveled extensively worldwide and has led educational travel groups of students and others to Mexico and East Africa, most recently completing a service project in Tanzania that provided fresh water to a primary school serving 400 students. He has lived in Fort Collins for most of his life and is a native of Colorado.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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