Audubon to present program on “Flamingos in the Keys”

An American flamingo that was seen on Big Torch Key last summer. PHOTO BY MARK HEDDEN

An American flamingo that was seen on Big Torch Key last summer. PHOTO BY MARK HEDDEN

Flamingos are one of the symbols of the Sunshine State.

And at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, you can learn about them.

The Florida Keys Audubon Society will present an online program, “Flamingos in the Keys: What’s The Deal?”

The program will be a conversation between Dr. Steven Whitfield of Zoo Miami and FKAS Executive Director Mark Hedden.

Whitfield, a conservation biologist and researcher, is a member of a small team of scientists who have been studying the American flamingo, its history in South Florida and the Keys, as well as the species’ current status. The 4-foot-tall pink birds once were thought to be wiped out in the state, but in recent years have been shown to have a greater resiliency than expected.

“Whitfield is just such a great, compassionate and knowledgeable speaker, and he knows so much about American Flamingos and their story in the state,” Hedden said in a statement.

The conversation will take place online using Zoom. Viewing will require a computer, a digital tablet or a smart phone.

For more information, or to reserve a space, visit www.keysaudubon.org. ¦

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