Birding & Wildlife

Birding & Wildlife

Sitting at the juncture of the North and South Platte Rivers and surrounded by rolling hills, valleys and farmland it’s no wonder that the area around North Platte has been a haven for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts for years.

Birding Drives

Because of the varied geography of the area around North Platte there are some stunning drives that will give you wonderfully diverse nature and bird viewing opportunities. You can check out some of our planned routes or just set off down the road in search of new sights and sounds.

Prairie Chickens

There’s more to birding in the area around North Platte than the annual Sandhill Crane migration. Every spring during the early morning hours a lucky few people will witness the mating dance of the Greater Prairie Chicken. The sound and sight of the annual spring rite of passage of the Prairie Chicken is a must-see for dedicated nature lovers. Their...

Sandhill Cranes

Every year 400,000 to 600,000 Sandhill Cranes – 80 percent of all the cranes on the planet – congregate along the central Platte River between Grand Island and North Platte Nebraska, to fatten up on waste grain in the empty cornfields in preparation for the journey to their Arctic and subarctic nesting grounds. Locally visitors will find 100,000 gathered in...