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Pink Again? Flamingos to pay return visit

April 3, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

According to the nation's leading (?) ornithologist, Dr. Marty Malarkey of Balderdash University, the uncommon flamboyance (the scientific term for a group) of flamingos will again adjust their migratory pattern to include the communities of Tama and Toledo.

"I have been studying this particular group a few years." explained Malarkey, "It was a surprise to me they traveled to the area of Tama and Toledo last year, and something must have gone really right for them to show signs of returning to the area again this year, and, no joke, but it looks to be an April 1st arrival."

You may recall last year the pink birds were found around the two communities, mostly spending the day in homeowner's yards. People reported seeing groups as large as 60 flamingos at times, which also seemed to bring a smile to their faces. "They ended up on our property for a day", said Mike Carnahan, STC Band Director and Tama City Councilman, "It was fun. My daughter interacted with a few of them if they let her get that close to them, and we tried to give them all names." Carnahan also was eager to mention the birds left absolutely "no mess" after they moved on to another property. "My lawn was free of any droppings or mess, in fact, it helped aerate the ground a bit."

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This home in Toledo was “pinked” last April.
Chronicle file

"This is definitely one of the more creative groups of these beautiful birds we have studied.", added Malarkey. "Wherever they travel they tend to raise people's spirits. You can't help but smile and possibly even laugh a little when you see their bright pink color around town."

Malarkey again wanted to pass along some important information regarding the birds. "They will not harm you, and they will not make a mess of anyone's property. You still should keep your distance and allow the professionals to do their work of studying them, photographing them, or helping them find safe places to gather."

Up close and personal meetings with the birds can be arranged simply by contacting Dr. Malarkey's area helpers, the STC Music Boosters, Janice Upah (641) 481-3051, Cindy Hill 484-6191, or MaryJo Cherveny 484-2745. You can also contact any of them for more information or if you have questions about our unique visitors.




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