Volunteers plant lotus to feed endangered white cranes

By Xing Yi and Wang Jian in Nanchang | China Daily | Updated: 2018-08-11 07:20
Two Siberian white cranes are among the several thousand that migrated in December on their annual journey to the Poyang Lake area in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. [Photo by Zhou Haiyan/for China Daily]

It's almost harvest season for lotus roots in Jiangxi province, but Zhou Haiyan, 46, has no plans to reap what she sowed: The roots are not for sale.

Zhou rented nearly 200,000 square meters of lotus field, waiting for the migration of Siberian white cranes, a species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as critically endangered-one step away from extinction.

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