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COMO ZOO WELCOMES NEW BABY FLAMINGO

Posted on 12 September 2012 by robwas66

Como Zoo has welcomed a baby flamingo to its flock. The small white chick is on public display huddled near its pink parents. This is the only the fourth flamingo born at Como in the zoo’s 115 year history.

This hatchling is one of three flamingo eggs laid this summer. The eggs were put in an incubator and a false egg was put in its place for the parents to sit on. Once it appeared the egg was in hatch stage, which generally takes 2-3 days, zookeepers put it back into the nest with its parents. The first of the other two eggs laid this season was not viable, but the third looks to be fertile.

Flamingos are most known for their remarkable color—from pale pink to salmon and red—but they are not born with this colored plumage, nor can they maintain it without a proper diet. Flamingo chicks are born white and turn grey after a few weeks. It is after a year or so that they begin to develop their attractive rosy coloring. Alpha and Beta carotene pigments in a flamingo’s diet create the brilliant hues. These pigments are added to the diets of captive flamingos.

In the wild, flamingos gather to breed in large colonies—often thousands of individuals at once. Although flamingos reach sexual maturity at 2-6 years, they usually do not begin breeding before six years of age. Breeding can occur at any time and may happen twice a year. Individuals may not breed every year.

 

The female lays one large egg atop a constructed mound of mud. The mound is usually about .3 meters (one foot) tall. The egg is incubated by both parents for 26-31 days. Among Chilean flamingos, the male is the primary care giver. Adults recognize the chick by sight and vocalizations and will not feed any other chick. Chicks are fed a red secretion of the upper digestive tract from both parents called “crop milk.” Although it isn’t truly milk—only mammals produce milk—it contains similar nutrients. The chick leaves the nest after four to seven days.

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CENTRAL CORRIDOR LINKED TO HIAWATHA LIGHT RAIL!

Posted on 10 September 2012 by robwas66

Welder Miguel Ayala of Herzog Contracting Corp stands back as flames shoot briefly from the weld. (Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Council.)

Sept. 5, 2012 – Crews joined the Central Corridor light rail track to existing Hiawatha light rail track today when they welded the two lines together between the Metrodome and Cedar Riverside LRT stations. “This connection will create a 63-mile passenger rail network for the Twin Cities, 11 miles for Central, 12 miles for Hiawatha and 40 miles for Northstar. The network will increase to 78 miles when the 15-mile Southwest LRT line begins service in 2018, four years after Central Corridor,” said Mark Fuhrmann, the local program director for New Starts rail projects, which includes Central and Southwest.

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REBUILDING TOGETHER

Posted on 05 September 2012 by robwas66

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is currently looking for homeowners in need of repair services that live in the Como, Hamline-Midway or Frogtown Neighborhoods of St. Paul or City of Falcon Heights. Qualified applicants must own or be current with mortgage payments; be up-to-date with tax payments; reside in the home for which they are applying; and have homeowners insurance. The household income must be at or below 50% of area median income. For a family of four, 50% of the area median income is currently $41,350. And, at least one resident in the home must be a senior, an individual living with a disability, a child under the age of 18, or an active or retired member of the armed services. Interested homeowners can download an application online at www.rebuildingtogether-twincities.org or request an application by email (homeowners@rebuildingtogether-twincities.org) or phone (651-776-4273). To be considered for home repair projects completed during spring 2013, interested homeowners must complete and submit their application by November 15, 2012.

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RAMSEY COUNTY HAZARDOUS WASTE IN AREA FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS IN SEPTEMBER!

Posted on 05 September 2012 by robwas66

Ramsey County household hazardous waste mobile collection site coming to the State Fairgrounds on Fridays and Saturdays in Sept! From Sept. 7 through Sept 29, the mobile collection truck will be located at 1616 Como Avenue in St. Paul with

hours Fridays, 10am-6pm, and Saturdays, 9am–4pm. Many common household products can be harmful to your health and the environment. If a container has the words caution, warning, danger, or poison on the label and still has product left over, it doesn’t belong in the trash. Drop-off is free and open to residents of Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Hennepin, Anoka, and Carver County. Please bring a photo ID. If you have questions call the Ramsey County Recycling & Disposal Hotline at 651-633-EASY (3279). This hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or you can visit the online A to Z Disposal Guide at www.RamseyAtoZ.com. For questions about business waste, call 651-266-1199.

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