Crane Trust scenes in celebration of Nature Photography Day

sunset over the Platte River

The Crane Trust currently protects and maintains about 10,000 acres of land along the Platte River near Wood River, Nebraska, about 400 miles downriver from Grayrocks Reservoir in Wyoming.

The Platte River Whooping Crane Habitat Maintenance Trust, or Crane Trust, is a special place. Thousands of people – some years representing more than 50 different countries – visit the Crane Trust every year to witness the spectacle that is the spring migration of more than 600,000 cranes through the Big Bend area of the Platte River in south-central Nebraska. Many sandhill cranes, and a few endangered whooping cranes, will stay in the area for about a month.

The magic of the migration is apparent in the passion conveyed by the Crane Trust staff.

“To be 20 yards away from 50,000 birds and their calls, and hearing the air under their wings, there’s something about that you just can’t explain,” said Ben Dumas, Crane Trust fund development manager.

June 15 is Nature Photography Day, and pristine photo opportunities abound at the Crane Trust, even outside of migration season. Enjoy some of the photos below that were taken during a visit to the trust in October 2017, and watch the blog to learn about the link between Basin Electric’s role in the formation of the trust.

Also, experience some of the magic in this Crane Trust video: Nebraska’s Great Sandhill Crane Migration


In 2015, a herd of genetically-pure bison were added to the Crane Trust after a 150-year absence from the prairie ecosystem.

Beaver markings

Beaver markings on a tree along the Platte River.

Grasshopper closeup

Woolly Bear caterpillar

Fuzzy plant up close

Grasses blowing in the breeze

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