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Pandemic threatens sandhill crane viewing season in Nebraska

Posted at 12:04 PM, Dec 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 13:38:13-05

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Officials in central Nebraska are worried that next spring’s sandhill crane viewing season will be disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic just like this year’s was and hurt the area’s economy.

The annual migration of sandhill cranes across central Nebraska normally draws thousands of visitors to the area who want to see the birds gather along the Platte River in the midst of their annual migration.

Kearney Visitor Bureau Executive Director Roger Jasnoch told the Kearney Hub that there is little demand for the hotel rooms in the area that visitors normally fill.