MiamiHerald / The American Flamingo has been such an iconic image that has been used to represent Florida for so long — from the Greetings From Florida postcards of the last century to the opening credits of “Miami Vice” in the mid-1980s — one might be excused for thinking the birds are classified as native species and protected.

But that isn’t the case of the only flamingo species native to the United States.

American Flamingos have never been considered as a focal species for conservation, management or monitoring in Florida, according to a group of zoologists and biologist researchers from Zoo Miami, Cape Florida Banding Stations, Big Cypress National Preserve, Tavernier led by Zoo Miami’s Steven Whitfield.

So Zoo Miami has partnered with the Tropical Audubon Society, the Cape Florida Banding Station, the Florida Keys Audubon Society, Brevard Zoo and other organizations and scientists to help protect the bright pink birds.

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