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Flamingos flock to North Wenatchee Avenue.

A flock of plastic pink flamingos landed under the Ballard Ambulance sign on North Wenatchee Avenue in late September. According to Scott Ballard, the birds are both a tribute to the late Dr. Richard Tucker, and a fund raiser for the North Central Washington Rural Health Foundation's youth programs.

Tucker had served as president of the board, and he had a fondness for these long-legged wading birds.

Though they usually prefer to collect in warm sub-tropical climates with brackish waters, they have chosen to winter in the Wenatchee area in order to add certain nutrients to their diet. Norlnally pink in color because they feed on shrimp and plankton, in the Wenatchee area, the birds are said to be after the elusive "greenbacks", and will roost at certain businesses hoping to attain at least a few of these to supplement their diet. No word yet on whether or not this will affect their color. Perhaps if they eat enough greenbacks ...
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Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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