Flamingos cover a yard in North Platte on Monday. They are part of a fundraiser for North Platte Community College’s PTK chapter.
It’s no secret that North Platte is a popular stopover for migratory birds. This year, however, a typically non-migratory species, rarely seen in the Midwest, is setting up camp all over town.
The first flock of flamingos landed in a residence near Adams Middle School on Monday morning. Shortly thereafter, another flock took over a yard along B Street.
Because the birds are made of plastic, they will have to be physically removed. There is a fee to do so.
The “flocking” is all part of a fundraiser for the Alpha Beta Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at North Platte Community College.
“We try to do one fundraiser per semester,” said Emma Petersen, chapter vice president. “We thought the flocking would be a good way to involve community members and get our name out there. Plus, it’s pretty funny to wake up and see flamingos in your yard.”
Money raised from the event will be used to send PTK members to regional conferences and for other chapter expenses.
The fundraiser will last about two weeks. It costs $15 to have 15 flamingos placed in a yard. Flamingo recipients can pay $15 to have the birds moved to a new location, or $5 to have them removed, but not placed in another location.
“Once they are in a yard, they can stay for up to 48 hours,” said Petersen. “Or, we can move them as soon as possible. It’s really up to each individual.”
People can insure their yards against a “flocking” for a fee of $10.
Orders can be placed through Petersen, at 530-4752, or Amy Taft, at 520-4107.