COVID-19 Statement from Dusty Trails
Thank you so much for your support of our Sandhill Crane and Prairie Chicken tours. As a small business owner just getting started in offering these wildlife viewing opportunities, I appreciate your booking very much.
The Dusty Trails Sandhill Crane and Prairie Chicken tours are small groups. The capacity for the bus tours to the Crane and Prairie Chicken viewing sites is 8 and the river viewing blind is 9. This will provide ample opportunity to enjoy these experiences while safely maintaining the recommended social distancing.
In addition, we will provide hand sanitizer for all of our guests and will thoroughly sanitize all of the surfaces in our bus and the blind between tours. We will be screening our visitors for signs of illness – sneezing, coughing, fever – and also ask them to self-screen. Should anyone exhibit signs of illness, we would ask them to postpone their visit to the 2021 season.
Should you decide that you do not want to travel this year, we will honor your reservations for the same tour in the 2021 season.
Thank you so much for your understanding. We are looking forward to helping you to experience the amazing spring birding opportunities here in North Platte.
Each spring the most incredible migration event in the world passes through the North Platte, Nebraska area. More than 200,000 Sandhill Cranes will spend about six weeks in the Platte River valley fortifying themselves for the nesting period to come. While they are here, they will engage in beautiful courtship and pair-bonding behaviors.
Courting cranes are magnificent as they stretch their wings, pump their heads, bow, and leap into the air in a graceful and energetic dance. Parents will dance with their chicks for the entire first year of their lives. Juvenile Sandhill Cranes will use the complex dance steps they learned to select a mate when they are two to five years old. They will mate for life, though continue to show their affection to their mates each spring with their dancing prowess. The energies and, dare we say emotions, released during the dancing rituals are essential to successful breeding.
These graceful, exuberant rituals can best be observed while the Sandhill Cranes are in the feeding and loafing grounds, which are the meadows and crop fields within five miles from the river.
While on the tour, you will be treated to information about the Sandhill Cranes, their migration and behaviors you may observe in the fields.
The transportation for the tours is a converted school bus that will be warm and dry and afford elevated visibility for Crane viewing. You will be supplied with a welcome bag including a snack and a water bottle. Some binoculars will be available to share.
Each tour size is limited to 18 individuals. For larger groups, please contact Dusty Trails LLC Outdoor Specialists at 308-530-0048.
Some binoculars will be available to share, but please feel free to bring along your own to enhance your experience, as well as whatever photography and videography equipment you would like.
Adult tour prices are $35.00 per person; Children ages 5 – 10 are half price ($17.50). Children 4 and under are free. To book your tour, click here: 2020 Sandhill Crane Migration
For more information on experiencing the Sandhill Crane Migration in the North Platte area, contact the Visitors Bureau at 800-955-4528.
Click this link to download the Sandhill Crane viewing guide. 2020 Sandhill Crane Viewing Guide
Click on this link to book your Sandhill Crane tours today! NPCraneTours.Eventbrite.com