Florida state symbols http://wlrn.org en Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida http://wlrn.org/post/hunting-flamingo-birders-rite-passage-garish-neon-florida <p><em>The </em><em>Birdist</em>'s Nicholas Lund -- who, in a recent <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/state_bird_improvements_replace_cardinals_and_robins_with_warblers_and_hawks.single.html" target="_blank"><em>Slate</em> piece</a>, took each and every state to task for its choice of state bird -- stands by his assertion that the flamingo should be Florida's avian ambassador, even <em>if</em> most of the state's denizens will never set eyes on the pink fellows outside of an aviary or souvenir shop. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15033 at http://wlrn.org Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-state-bird-shouldnt-be-mockingbird-or-flamingo <p>In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? <em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">The </a></em><em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">Birdist</a></em>'s&nbsp;Nicholas Lund thinks not.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14476 at http://wlrn.org Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo)