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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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Amazing crane migration visit and habitat protection

A friend and I visited the sanctuary during the sandhill crane migration and we even saw a whooping... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
Gail T
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Seattle, Washington
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worth the trip!

Rowe has a prime location for viewing the Sand Hill Cranes coming in to roost on the Platte River... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Featheredfrends
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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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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44450 Elm Island Rd, Gibbon, NE 68840-4019
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

A friend and I visited the sanctuary during the sandhill crane migration and we even saw a whooping crane in a nearby field. We had a crane education class as well as morning and evening visits to the blinds. Seeing and hearing the cranes using...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Rowe has a prime location for viewing the Sand Hill Cranes coming in to roost on the Platte River. We went to a lecture given by a staff person and learned a lot about the cranes. Then we visited the blind with volunteer leaders who...More

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Reviewed 10 April 2018

I was fortunate enough to stay in the overnight photography blinds recently. It was a truly incredible experience as a photographer. You are so close to them as they come in to roost at night, and take off as a flock in the morning. I...More

Thank Libbie M
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Rowe Sanctuary is an excellent place to view the migrating sandhill cranes. During the day, the cranes are in the nearby corn fields that you can drive by and have ample photo ops right out of your vehicle. In the visitor center, you will find...More

Thank Corinna G
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We came from out of town for the Sandhill Crane migration. They did an excellent Behavior Basics class - high recommended for your first morning in the area. It told you what you are seeing - like the long low head means 'I want to...More

Thank redtopfarmPA
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The number of cranes roosting in the Platte on both of our blind tours was astonishing. The sounds are overwhelming especially with closed eyes. The sight of so many cranes is a wonder. The staff and volunteers are knowledgable. Rowe Sanctuary is a treasure

Thank Mary Anne J
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We traveled during the sandhill crane migration and the workers at the sanctuary were very knowledgeable. There are large windows to watch the river and bird feeders set up to see smaller species up close.

Thank gustafsonsandra
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The Audubon Center is a wonderful place to see Sandhill Cranes in central Nebraska. The visitor center is very informative with exhibits and docents. They also have guided viewing and photo blinds that would be suitable for almost any age. An incredible place to experience...More

Thank sanders369
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

This is the second year in a row that I have booked the photography crane tour. I did both sunrise and sunset tours. They limit the number of participants to 6, so there is plenty of room for tripods and all your gear. It's a...More

Thank Mark U
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We've visited Rowe a handful of times now and it's always a great experience. Book some time in one of their blinds and you'll come away with some unforgettable experiences. The views are unbeatable. They also do amazing work for habitat preservation...so vitally important for...More

Thank Mark W
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annbarrameda
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June is a good time to see many different kinds of birds. The trails are all open and the birding is quite good.
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