Looking for Sandhill Cranes in Kearney, Nebraska? Pull Over!
The massive flocks of Sandhill Cranes that stop over in Nebraska on their way north are becoming a bigger and bigger tourist attraction. Tourists are so attracted to the cranes that the roads can actually become dangerous:
The biggest worry for area residents and police are bird watchers who may pay too much attention to birds and not enough to driving safely.
The concerns include drivers who stop vehicles in the middle of a road, rather than pull over to the side or in a designated parking area, or those who miss or ignore driveways posted as private property.
In those situations, Nebraska State Patrol Capt. Chris Kolb of Grand Island said, bird watchers only become safety hazards. “They can’t let the view of the birds overwhelm their common sense,” he said.
Remember, if you are taking a ride and see a flock of Sandhill Cranes at which you want to get a better look, pull over!