Two ways to live…
I stumbled upon the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary while I was passing through Kearney, NE. When I said I was going through Kearney, my husband mentioned something about birds migrating through there in the spring. I was thinking that since they go north in the spring, they must stop by going south in the fall, right? No such luck. Talking with the gentleman that was manning the desk at the sanctuary, thousands of Sandhill Cranes (and other migratory birds) stop by in the spring, but in the fall they fly right on over, without stopping, on their way to warmer weather. I guess they are some of the original snow birds.
The sanctuary has blinds set up that 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 during March and early April and are led by trained guides.
At several spots along the trails, they have little placards with inspirational sayings on them, which I turned into my own versions with pictures I took along the way. It was a lovely stop and it definitely sounds like another road trip for the spring!!
Check out their website at http://rowe.audubon.org