Crane Trust and Visitors Center, Alda Nebraska

Mission Statement: At the Crane Trust, our mission is to protect and maintain the physical, hydrological and biological integrity of the Big Bend area of the Platte River so that it continues to function as a life support system for whooping cranes, sandhill cranes and other migratory bird species.

It is estimated that over 1 million cranes of all types migrate here from April though March, the largest migration in the World. Of the total cranes 650 thousand are Sand Hill Cranes.

Sand Hill Crane Facts:

Height — 3 to 4 feet
Wingspan — 6 feet
Weight — 8 to 12 pounds
Color — Gray
Migration — 170 to 450 miles/day
Flight Speed — 38 mph
Mating — Begins at age 3 to 4
Eggs — 2 per year


The visitors center is mostly comprised of art work and photographs of cranes and buffalo. Some of the images of art-work/photos below are of other folks and they are part of the visitors center.