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Oct 20
Flamingos invade North Platte


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.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​