Spending a cold morning in a viewing blind along the Platte River may be enough to make someone hungry, and one community took the opportunity to provide a warm meal and plenty of ways for crane lovers to meet and share their experiences with others.
Members of the Gibbon Chamber of Commerce and other volunteers greeted birders and community members with a gourmet breakfast, live music, and all things crane at the 9th annual Crane Watcher's Breakfast.
As visitors from all over the world flock to central Nebraska each year to witness the spring crane migration, organizers say it's an opportunity to highlight the area and put Gibbon on the map.
"Gibbon is the very middle of the area the cranes come through and the biggest concentration of cranes basically in the Gibbon area," said co-organizer Sue Tillemans. "And so it's just really neat that Rowe Sanctuary is out there and that we have all of these people here."
Saturday morning's breakfast also serves as a fundraiser, bringing in over $2,600 for scholarships and to help the junior prom committee.
Plans are already in the works for the 10th anniversary Crane Watcher's Breakfast celebration next year.