Crane Festival

Crane Festival Schedule of Events

The schedule for the 2018 festival is below, to show possible activities and field trips for 2019. The Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Kearney is the location for the speakers and concurrent sessions, and the west entrance of the hotel is the location for the departure and return of all field trips.

Festival Headquarters Hotel:  Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 110 2nd Avenue, Kearney, NE  68848 - (308) 237-5971.

A block of rooms is being held exclusively for Audubon Nebraska at a discounted group rate of $109.95 per room, per night, plus tax on March 21 – 23, 2019. 

Call the phone number above and state you are attending the crane festival to make your room reservations. Rooms are held until February 21, 2019, and will be subject to availability after that date. Click the hotel link above to book on-line.

Please note: if making reservations after February 21, 2019, it is necessary you phone the hotel to reserve your room. (Early arrivals or later departures will still receive the discounted rate, but must phone the hotel to make those reservations.)

Below is the schedule for the 2018 festival to show possible topics and field trips for 2019.

* Asterisk indicates activity is paid for with festival registration.

Thursday, March 22

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding Rowe Sanctuary

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding the Rainwater Basin

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding the Platte River

1:00 pm - Prairie Grouse Viewing Trip - Mullen (overnight stay)

4:00 pm - Greater Prairie-Chicken Viewing Trip - McCook (overnight stay

4:30- 9:00 pm - Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing Experience

Friday, March 23

5:15-9:30 am – Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing Experience

5:15 am-3:30 pm - Legends and Stories: The Changing Ecology of the Great Plains (Willa Cather/Red Cloud, Neb.)

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding Rowe Sanctuary

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding the Rainwater Basin

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding the Platte River

* 12:30-2:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Prairie Grouse Viewing Trip - Mullen (overnight stay)

* 2:30-3:20 pm - Concurrent Sessions

* 3:30-4:20 pm - Concurrent Sessions

4:00 pm - Greater Prairie-Chicken Viewing Trip - McCook (overnight stay)

* 4:30-5:20 pm - Concurrent Sessions

4:30- 9:00 pm - Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing Experience

* 6:30-7:30 pm - Social Hour (cash bar)

Saturday, March 24

5:15-9:30 am – Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing Experience

7:00 am-12:30 pm - Birding Rowe Sanctuary

* 9:00-10:00 am – Breakfast

* 10:00 am-2:00 pm - Wild Experience Room (Kearney Public Library, open to the public)

* 10:00-10:50 am - Concurrent Sessions

* 11:00-11:50 am - Concurrent Sessions

* 12:30-2:00 pm – Lunch

* 2:15-3:20 pm – Concurrent Sessions

* 3:30-4:20 pm – Concurrent Sessions

* 4:30-5:20 pm – Concurrent Sessions

* 6:00-7:00 pm – Social (cash bar)

* 7:00-9:00 pm – Banquet

Sunday, March 25

5:15-9:30 am – Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing Experience

* 9:30-10:30 am – Brunch

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