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Associated Press, Published March 30 2013

Wildlife officials: Be on the lookout for whoopers in North Dakota

BISMARCK — Endangered whooping cranes are in the midst of their spring migration and will be passing through North Dakota during the next several weeks.

The state Game and Fish Department is asking anyone who spots one of the birds to report the sighting to state or federal wildlife officials so the birds can be tracked.

The birds stand about 5 feet tall and have a wingspan of about 7 feet. They are bright white with black wing tips. In flight they extend their long necks straight forward, and their legs extend out behind them. They usually fly alone or in small groups, sometimes with sandhill cranes.