Enough about native trees. We have real problems to deal with. The Sun-Sentinel in Florida is reporting that the only company that manufactures the garden icon, Union Products, is closing its doors. The company’s former president says:
"They think the pink flamingos could be extinct, and they think I will be extinct soon, too," he said. "It is sad that it is happening, but it may not be dead yet."
Featherstone and Plante are hoping for a resurrection. Plante has been seeking another company to buy the molds. So far, two companies in the U.S. and one in Canada have expressed interest.
"I am hoping that someone will come forward and save the plastic pink flamingo from extinction," Plante said.
I guess I just took it for granted that those plastic pink birds would always be with us. In fact, they were just about to celebrate their 50th birthday. But without habitat restoration and serious conservation efforts on the part of gardeners and bird lovers everywhere, these lovely creatures may vanish from the American landscape all together. Don’t let it happen, people.
A note about identifying these creatures when you spot them in the wild: BoingBoing points out that, according to Wikipedia, the authentic Union Product flamingo bears the imprint of founder Don Featherstone’s signature under their tails, sport a yellow beak with black tip, and are sold in pairs.