Crane Cam

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National Geographic has teamed up with some Nebraska bird-lovers to give thousands a cranes eye view.

They call it the Crane Cam. It's set up in the middle of the Platte River in Gibbon. It's the first time bird-lovers at Rowe Sanctuary have been able do something like this.

Paul Tebbel, Manager of Rowe Sanctuary says, "National Geographic magazine called us up and said, hey we'd like to put a camera on the river. We said absolutely!"

The Crane Cam works like a security camera. "The crane cam brings us right in among the cranes at night when they're landing. It shows cranes all around. Cranes aren't bothered by the camera like they are us," says Tebbel.

In the next week, Tebbel says viewers should see between five and ten thousand on the crane cam.

Check it out. The website is

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The Sandhill Crane

Physical Characteristics

  • Size of average adult: Height is usually about four feet. Weight is between six and 12 pounds. Wingspan can typically reach six feet.

  • One of the world’s oldest bird species, they are elegant creatures with a red head.


  • Omnivorous: Insects and waste corn


  • Diurnal (active during the day)

  • Watchful at night for predators, including coyotes and eagles.

  • Most abundant of the world’s 15 crane species.

  • Habitat has dwindled from 200 miles to 80 miles due to human development.

  • Half a million take a break from their yearly migration in Nebraska’s Platte.

  • Breed in the Arctic during the summer months.

  • Winter in Texas, New Mexico, and northern Mexico.

Source: contributed to this report.