Local4 viewer spots rare whooping crane near Doniphan

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DONIPHAN, Neb. (KSNB) – At least one whooping crane has stopped in Nebraska during its northward migration.

Local4 viewer Adam Schuldt took these photos on Saturday just north of Doniphan. A spokesperson for the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center verified the photos with Local4 on Monday.

The whooping crane is the largest bird in North America(Adam Schuldt)

The Crane Trust has declared the whooping crane to be the tallest bird in North America. It is on the endangered species list. The Trust says there are around 800 in total around the world. About 500 in a wild migratory herd that breeds during the summer in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and winters in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. About 300 more are in captivity as part of reintroduction efforts in eastern North America, according to the Trust.

This whooping crane was spotted on Saturday near Doniphan.  There are only about 800.
This whooping crane was spotted on Saturday near Doniphan. There are only about 800.(Adam Schuldt)

The Whooping Crane in these photos is seen near a flock of Sandhill Cranes. Both species follow roughly the same migration patterns each year.

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