A typically nonmigratory bird species has been spotted throughout North Platte this week.
Flocks of pink flamingos have been landing in the yards of both homes and businesses, and officials are urging residents not to remove the birds themselves. Doing so could come at a cost.
"It's $5 if they're removed - $15 if they are transferred to a new location," said Stephanie Manka, president of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at North Platte Community College.
PTK conducted a similar "flocking" fundraiser with the plastic flamingos two years ago. It was such a hit that current PTK members decided to bring it back.
"We just heard how much fun it was in the past and wanted to be part of that, too," said Manka.
The fundraiser will last about two weeks. Proceeds will be used to send PTK members to regional conferences.
Anyone can place a flock of flamingos in the yard of someone else by paying $15. Yards can also be insured against a "flocking" for a $10 fee.
"Once they are in a yard, they can stay for up to 48 hours unless someone wants them removed," said Manka.
Those who would like to "flock" a yard can do so by calling Manka at 650-9586, or Sabrina Stineman at 660-8749.