In its 49th year, Audubon's Nebraska Crane Festival brings together crane lovers from around the country to Kearney, Nebraska. Join us  to enjoy a wide range of environmental speakers, take part in incredible birding trips, and, best of all, experience the world's largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes! 

To learn more about the festival's line-up of exciting concurrent sessions and field trips, please visit Audubon Nebraska's Festival Page. Registration fee for this year's festival is $150/adult, $60/student and $20/child. 

Online registration is now LIVE ! Festival registration provides Friday lunch; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and banquet; and Sunday brunch, plus access to all speakers and concurrent sessions. All field trips must be purchased separately.

If you are not able to attend the festival but still want to see the Sandhill Cranes, call Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary, (308) 468-5282, to learn more about 2019 crane viewing options.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 21 (see field trip section)

Friday, March 22

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch featuring Michael Farrell

2:30 - 5:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, March 23

9:00 - 10:00 am

Breakfast

10:00 am - 12:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Lunch featuring Lili Taylor

2:30 - 5:20 pm

Concurrent Sessions

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Social Hour

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Banquet Dinner featuring David Mizejewski

Sunday, March 24

9:30 - 10:30 am

Brunch featuring Kristal Stoner

Field Trips

* Fees for field trips are in addition to festival registration.

* All field trips leave from and return to the west entrance of the Holiday Inn in Kearney.

Guided Sandhill Crane Viewing Excursions to Rowe Sanctuary

Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 evenings - 4:30-9:00 pm

Friday, March 22, Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24 mornings - 5:15-9:30 am

Cost: $60/person, $70/person after February 15

Legends and Stories-the Changing Ecology of the Great Plains

Sandhill Crane Viewing at Rowe Sanctuary and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud NE 

Friday, March 22 - 5:15 am-3:30 pm

Cost: $90/person, $100/person after February 15 

Half-Day Birding Trips

1) Birding the Rainwater Basin
Thursday, March 21 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Friday, March 22 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Saturday, March 23 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm 

$35/person ($45/person after Feb. 15)

2) Birding Rowe Sanctuary

Thursday, March 21 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Friday, March 22 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Saturday, March 23 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm 

$35/person ($45/person after Feb. 15) 

3) Birding the Platte River

Thursday, March 21 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Friday, March 22 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

Saturday, March 23 - 7:00 am-12:30 pm

$35/person ($45/person after Feb. 15)

Greater Prairie-Chicken Viewing Trip- McCook, 

Prairie Chicken Dance Tours

Thursday, March 21 (leave 4:00 pm)-Friday, March 22 (return to hotel 12:00 noon)

$225/person ($235/person after Feb. 15) - Because of trip's popularity, fee is not refundable.

Praire Grouse Viewing Trip- Taylor

Calamus Outfitters

Friday, March 22 (leave 3:30 pm)-Saturday, March 23 (return to hotel 12:00 noon)

Sunday, March 24 (leave 3:30 pm)-Monday, March 25 (return to hotel 12:00 noon)

$225/person ($235/person after Feb. 15) - Because of trip's popularity, fee is not refundable.

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