7346
Nebraska
Migration of the Sandhill Cranes: A World-Class Experience
For birders, it doesn’t get any better than the Great Plains’ Central Flyway. Come see for yourself as you spot hundreds of species, including the world’s largest gathering of cranes.
Rating (5)
Program No. 7346RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299

At a Glance

The Central Flyway, a migration route following America’s Great Plains, is one of the most active birding regions in the Western Hemisphere. This environment supports the greatest birding diversity in the Midwest: 425 species travel through, 275 spend significant time and 90 species nest. Even in this environment, the migration of 600,000 Sandhill Cranes heading northward is a spectacular event. Expert lectures set the stage for observing the cranes, waterfowl, neo-tropicals and endangered species.
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 ...

  • Observe Sandhill Cranes, magnificent birds with a wingspan of up to eight feet, up close from riverside viewing blinds.
  • In the Platte River Basin, an environment of conservation wetlands, grasslands and farms, encounter some of the 145 species that have been identified here.
  • Visit Raptor Recovery Nebraska, where injured birds of prey recuperate and are released back to the wild, for a live raptor presentation.

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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