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When sandhill cranes pick something, they like to stick with it.
Up to 7,000 of the tall gray birds – which are in the news as Kentuckians debate whether to hunt them – stop for a few weeks each winter near Cecilia on their way back north for the summer. They keep returning even though a tornado killed more than 20 of them there a few years ago.
“They’re real creatures of habit,” retired state biologist Brainard Palmer-Ball Jr. said. Living more than two decades, the cranes recognize places they’ve been before.
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