Nebraska’s crane-watching was called a “must-see” in the New York Times best-seller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each year thousands of people come to the Platte River to watch a half-million cranes gather to refuel before pushing on to their breeding areas in northern Canada and Alaska.
Looking to create new visitor products, tourism planners suggested Harlan County partner with crane festival organizers to offer something wildlife-related. The result was the Harlon White Pelican Watch. Now in its fourth year, the festival attracts approximately 1,000 visitors. Some are keen birdwatchers; others are new to the sport, but all are eager to learn more about pelicans. Co-operating like lions, these large birds will swim together in circles to push fish together for easier eating.
Human cooperation has been critical in building the event. The local lake association offers free boat tours to non-resident birdwatchers and the number of tours has tripled in three years. To learn more about this example of partnership prowess go to www.harlantourism.org
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The New York Times best-seller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” names this a “must-see”: Click to Tweet.