Volunteers plant lotus to feed endangered white cranes

By Xing Yi and Wang Jian in Nanchang | China Daily | Updated: 2018-08-11 07:20
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Several thousand white cranes are seen in the Poyang Lake area in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. [Photo by Zhou Haiyan/for China Daily]

The species breeds in the Yakutia region of northeastern Siberia in Russia, and around 3,600 white cranes, around 98 percent of the total population, spend the winter in the Yangtze River Valley, especially in the wetlands around Poyang Lake, the biggest freshwater body in China.

At their breeding grounds, white cranes eat cranberries, rodents, fish and insects. At their wintering migration site, they dig roots and tubers from the wetlands.

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