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Audubon Rowe Sanctuary

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44450 Elm Island Rd, Gibbon, NE 68840-4019
+1 308-468-5282
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Hot birding even with no cranes!

Stopped here on the way to Colorado in mid-June late in the day and again in the early morning. No... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2017
Beautiful Nebraska Sunset!

Went to late in the year...last day they are open, cranes all around but none settling down for the... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2017
Jan S
Durango, Colorado
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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 the Platte River to provide excellent views of the Sandhill Cranes while they are on their river roost. Viewings are scheduled daily from March 2016- April 10 2016, last approximately two hours, and are led by trained guides. Crane Season Hours for the Iain Nicholson Audubon Visitor Center: Daily 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
44450 Elm Island Rd, Gibbon, NE 68840-4019
+1 308-468-5282
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

Stopped here on the way to Colorado in mid-June late in the day and again in the early morning. No cranes or migrants, all the birds settled down for the summer. But you will find a good variety near the visitor center and on the...More

Thank woodsfarer
Reviewed April 24, 2017

Went to late in the year...last day they are open, cranes all around but none settling down for the night by our blind. Still a great experience! They are amazing to watch & I would highly recommend to anyone!!!

Thank Jan S
Reviewed April 22, 2017

We traveled to Kearney for the crane migration. We reserved a sunrise and a sunset blind viewing with Rowe. It was easy to make the reservations, although we did have to do both on the same day as many days were booked up. We drove...More

3  Thank travel-lms
Reviewed April 18, 2017

This has become a yearly thing for our family. You can read hundreds of reviews about crane watching here, and yes this is one of the better places to come for that! But Rowe Sanctuary is more than just cranes. If you are the outdoorsy...More

Thank kenb253
Reviewed April 14, 2017

We always visit the Audubon Rowe Sanctuary (near Kearney, NE) for hiking, birding, especially in March-April to see the great Sandhill Crane migration as well as the waterfowl.

1  Thank Carol-Ann B
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I wasn't sure what to expect in the blinds. They were more comfortable then I expected. You can stand or sit but you must be quiet. Dress warm, it can get cold during the Sandhill Crane time of year. They are well organized and manage...More

2  Thank SpiderSD
Reviewed April 5, 2017

The early morning bird blind tour was superb and exceeded all expectations. We had two knowledgeable guides and close access to watch thousands of Sandhill Cranes wake up and head out for the day. The Audubon sanctuary has three blinds right on the river, and...More

Thank Dana5169
Reviewed April 2, 2017

Have been a number of times prior, the experience stays seared in memory for a lifetime. Going to a blind in the morning &/or evening to see the largest mystical - magical migration in North America, for a measly $25 bucks is the best money...More

Thank TSwan2
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

This is our second visit. It's a wonderful wilderness and educational opportunity just off I-80. We are here during the great sandhill crane migration, which is a true spectacle. You don't have to visit Rowe to see the cranes and other local wildlife, but if...More

Thank Melanie R
Reviewed March 29, 2017

The migration of the Sandhill Cranes, from Texas/Mexico to Alaska and points north, seems to be centered around this area of the Platte River. The sandbars in the river provide safety at night for the cranes, and the local farm fields provide seed for food...More

1  Thank KansasSunflower09
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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.