The migration of the Sandhill Cranes from their winter home in Mexico is underway. Nebraska Game and Parks Department spokesman Greg Wagner says the stop in Nebraska along the Platte River is the most important lay-over in their trip. There will be about 650,000 cranes stopping along the Platte River Valley to rest and refuel before heading to their breeding grounds in Alaska, Canada and Siberia.
Wagner says most of the cranes are in the fields during the daytime hours. He recommends using your vehicle as a blind and there are a number of nature centers and state parks where viewing is spectacular.
The Sandhill Cranes are a big tourist attraction. Wagner says people from all 50 states and several countries during the month of March. It is estimated the Sandhill Cranes have an economic benefit to the state of Nebraska ranging from $25 to $50-million dollars each year.