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Hideouts along the Platte River go on sale for the sandhill crane migration

January 6, 2019 GMT

The sandhill crane migration of 2019 is around the corner, and Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary has just opened registration for its prime viewing areas.

The wildlife sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska, is a popular destination for people flocking to watch the 600,000 sandhill cranes that migrate to the Platte River in spring.

Visitors can hide out in viewing blinds along the river for a closer look at the red-foreheaded birds.

The Iain Nicolson Audubon Center will have extended hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, from Feb. 15 to April 15.

The sanctuary will host guest speakers on Saturdays at 10 a.m. throughout March, with one last speaker on April 7.

The Audubon Center and Rowe Sanctuary offer a variety of packages. Reservations can be made online at reservations.rowesanctuary.org or by calling 308-468-5282.