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.

* 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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