Whooping cranes rank No. 1 among Karen Lonefight’s bird sightings.
The White Shield woman learned birding in Grand Forks and goes all over, collecting photographs and enjoying the wildlife. Also among her favorites are a hawk owl and a great gray owl, as well as piping plovers — a threatened species.
She was out near White Shield in the spring of 2019 and initially assumed the six tall birds she spotted in a field were sandhill cranes.
“As I got closer and I saw that they were white, I just kinda freaked out,” Lonefight said. She sat and watched, photographing the rare whoopers, an endangered species for decades.
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