Alyx Vogel, an assistant at the center, “spent many hours adding all of the inventory from our gift shop onto our website (cranetrust.org), “Bailey said, “opening up lots of opportunities for people to buy crane and bison-related apparel, artwork and gifts.”
Then in February, Crane Trust launched its virtual crane tours.
“It proved to be a successful way for all people interested in cranes, the migration and the Platte River to sign up as members to safely view the migration and for Crane Trust to provide guided tours,” Bailey said.”We had new members from all across the U.S. and in other countries log in, every day, to witness the 2021 sandhill crane migration. The feedback about the new tours has been outstanding.”
Then on May 1, the Nature and Visitor Center reopened.
“We are pleased to get back to normal by having visitors and volunteers come out,” Bailey said.
And greeting the returning visitors are the bison. “At this time, we have 14 bison in the pasture east of the Visitor Center, four of which are calves.”
There are also 10 miles of hiking trails around the property. The center and the trails are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Bailey said a number of activities are planned with the center’s reopening.