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Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very simply put. Enjoyed will revisit, congratulation to those. Lovely area. Especially admirable... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2018
Amazing crane migration visit and habitat protection

A friend and I visited the sanctuary during the sandhill crane migration and we even saw a whooping... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
Gail T
Seattle, Washington
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Conserving habitat along the Platte River focusing on Sandhill cranes, other wildlife and their habitats. Rowe sanctuary offers hiking trails, a visitor center, and gift shop. Seasonally, we offer viewing blinds which are strategically placed along...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
44450 Elm Island Rd, Gibbon, NE 68840-4019
+1 308-468-5282
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

Very simply put. Enjoyed will revisit, congratulation to those. Lovely area. Especially admirable experience. Absolute enjoyment of this whole region.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Roam830932
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

A friend and I visited the sanctuary during the sandhill crane migration and we even saw a whooping crane in a nearby field. We had a crane education class as well as morning and evening visits to the blinds. Seeing and hearing the cranes using...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Gail T
Reviewed April 11, 2018

Rowe has a prime location for viewing the Sand Hill Cranes coming in to roost on the Platte River. We went to a lecture given by a staff person and learned a lot about the cranes. Then we visited the blind with volunteer leaders who...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Featheredfrends
Reviewed April 10, 2018

I was fortunate enough to stay in the overnight photography blinds recently. It was a truly incredible experience as a photographer. You are so close to them as they come in to roost at night, and take off as a flock in the morning. I...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Libbie M
Reviewed April 9, 2018

Rowe Sanctuary is an excellent place to view the migrating sandhill cranes. During the day, the cranes are in the nearby corn fields that you can drive by and have ample photo ops right out of your vehicle. In the visitor center, you will find...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank corinnag769
Reviewed April 9, 2018

We came from out of town for the Sandhill Crane migration. They did an excellent Behavior Basics class - high recommended for your first morning in the area. It told you what you are seeing - like the long low head means 'I want to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank redtopfarmPA
Reviewed April 8, 2018

The number of cranes roosting in the Platte on both of our blind tours was astonishing. The sounds are overwhelming especially with closed eyes. The sight of so many cranes is a wonder. The staff and volunteers are knowledgable. Rowe Sanctuary is a treasure

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mary Anne J
Reviewed April 8, 2018

We traveled during the sandhill crane migration and the workers at the sanctuary were very knowledgeable. There are large windows to watch the river and bird feeders set up to see smaller species up close.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank gustafsonsandra
Reviewed April 8, 2018

The Audubon Center is a wonderful place to see Sandhill Cranes in central Nebraska. The visitor center is very informative with exhibits and docents. They also have guided viewing and photo blinds that would be suitable for almost any age. An incredible place to experience...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank sanders369
Reviewed April 8, 2018

This is the second year in a row that I have booked the photography crane tour. I did both sunrise and sunset tours. They limit the number of participants to 6, so there is plenty of room for tripods and all your gear. It's a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mark U
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April 27, 2016|
Response from Neil O |
June is a good time to see many different kinds of birds. The trails are all open and the birding is quite good.