The largest migration in the world is underway with Sandhill Cranes
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Nebraska) — While Kearney claims to be the Sandhill Crane Capital of the World, the majestic birds are no stranger to west-central Nebraska.
However, it was only several years ago that Lincoln County began promoting Sandhill Cranes between North Platte and Sutherland.
“Kearney and Grand Island are overtourism. I never thought I’d say this, but they’ve run out of space. They have too many people wanting to see the Sandhill Cranes. They reached out to us so we could ease some of that pressure,” said Lisa Burke, executive director of Visit North Platte.
According to a 2017 Economic Impact Study conducted for Central Nebraska, more than 46,000 visitors came to Central Nebraska during the 2017 season to see Sandhill Cranes. Combined, the combined economic impact of the Sandhill crane migration on central Nebraska was approximately $14 million in 2017, supporting 182 jobs for the entire year. However, Burke expects these numbers to have grown significantly.
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