Leadership Nebraska Spring 2018 Alumni Event

Leadership Nebraska Spring 2018 Alumni Event

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 3:00pm

Spring 2018 Alumni Event


March 12-13, 2018


Sandhill crane viewing at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River

Presentations on conservation and tourism in Nebraska

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Experience one of the last great wildlife spectacles on Earth: The spring migration of hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes through central Nebraska.  Each spring people come to central Nebraska from all over the world to view the cranes.  Rowe Sanctuary’s viewing blinds on the Platte River are one of the best spots to watch the cranes gather on the river at dusk and dawn.  Leadership Nebraska alumni have a viewing blind reserved for the evening of Monday, March 12th, to watch the cranes fly back to the river from the corn fields to roost for the night.


March 12th Agenda:

Time: Arrive by 5:00 p.m. In viewing blinds from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Place: Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, 44450 Elm Island Rd, Gibbon, NE (Approximately 20 miles from Kearney)

Directions: Take the Gibbon exit off I-80, go 2 miles south, then 2 miles west on Elm Island Rd

Cost: $40 per person (includes wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks in the viewing blind)

What to bring: Binoculars and cameras are allowed (no flash photography, please). Please wear appropriate clothing. It is recommended that you dress in layers and wear footwear that is suitable for outdoor activities

Overnight accommodations - A block of rooms has been reserved at Holiday Inn in Kearney at a rate of $99.95.  Please contact the Holiday Inn directly at 308-237-5971 and mention ‘Leadership Nebraska alumni’ for the block rate.  Reserve before 2/23/18 for the block rate.

March 13th Agenda:

9:30 a.m. – Registration at the Kearney Holiday Inn Convention Center

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Michael Forsberg, world renowned wildlife photographer

Forsberg, a Nebraska native, will discuss the importance of the Platte River.  His 20 year career as a photographer and conservationist has been dedicated to wildlife and conservation stories in North America’s Great Plains, once one of the greatest grassland ecosystems on Earth.  His images have been featured in publications including Audubon, National Geographic, Nature Conservancy and Outdoor Photographer magazines.  His photographs have been selected for an international airmail stamp and the USPS’s Forever stamp celebrating Nebraska’s 150 years of Statehood.  He is a member of the contract faculty at the University of Nebraska where he teaches and is a Fellow with the Center for Great Plains Studies and is a faculty fellow with the Daugherty Water for Food Institute. 

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Lunch and networking

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Roger Jasnoch, Director of the Kearney Visitors Bureau

                  John Ricks, Executive Director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission

Jasnoch has served the Kearney Visitors Bureau for over 30 years.  He will discuss the impact of the crane migration and local tourism activity on the local and regional economy. 

Ricks was appointed as Nebraska’s new tourism director in January of 2017.  He comes from Colorado where he was director of the Colorado Tourism Office and worked with a marketing agency in Denver.  Ricks will talk about tourism’s importance to Nebraska’s economy and what the future holds for Nebraska tourism.

3:00 p.m. – Adjourn

-          Registration cost for the daylong program, which includes lunch, is $50.

-          Registration cost for the crane viewing is $40

-          Registration for both events is $90

Please register online below or call Roberta Pinkerton at 402-474-4422.

 This event is for Nebraska Leadership Alumni and their guests.