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        Roseate Spoonbill – Nature’s (Other) Brilliant Pink Bird

                                   By Katie Roundtree, Director of Finance and Administration, Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District

        Roseate spoonbills are striking pink birds that inhabit our   insects and crustaceans              to conduct photosynthesis.
      marshes and preserves in South Florida. They are shorter and   (invert ebrate s).                    Then, as spoonbills eat these
      smaller than the more infamous flamingo, but their plumage   Crustaceans are packed                  crustaceans, they ingest their
      is just as striking and easy to spot from afar. While they may   with carotenoids, fat-              stockpiled carotenoids. As
      be small in stature, they have a wingspan that is almost twice   sol ubl e  pi gm e nt s             the birds digest their prey,
      as wide as they are tall.                         that constitute reds,                              these pigments are transferred
        Roseate spoonbills are highly social. They feed with each   oranges, and yellows.                  into fat stores under the skin.
      other and with other wading birds. They also nest in colonies   Invertebrates compile                These reserves feed into the
      and fly in flocks. They are found with other spoonbills in a   these pigments by eating              feathers, primarily along the
      group called appropriately a “bowl.”              aquatic vegetation, which                          bird’s back, wings and rump.
        But what makes them pink? Spoonbills feed on small fish,   uses  beta-carotenoids                    As to their distinctive
                                                                                                           beak, spoonbills develop
                                                                                                           a flat, spoon-shaped bill shortly after hatching. Spoonbill
        The Singles Scene , est. 2007                                                                      hatchlings have a straight beak for the first few days of their
                                                                                                           life. The spoon shape grows as the chick develops. Spoonbills
                                                                                                           forage by sweeping their open bills back and forth under the
        Special Holiday Edition                         of yourself now, at the end of the year, and during the   water (think of a metal detector). Their bills have nerves that
        by: Kelly Leary, M.S. &                         holiday season, when can you? Get out there and laugh.   can feel when prey enters their bill and triggers it to shut when
        Miranda  Capparelli,                            Dress like you are going to fall in love with someone   it comes in contact with food. It’s a very efficient way to forage.
        The Matchmakers                                 during the day--even if it is your barber or your dry cleaner.     Up close, roseate spoonbills have unique coloring on their
                                                        You don’t have to literally romantically fall in love. Just
           “Love and gratitude                          understand that the more we love and appreciate others,   heads. While young, they have light-colored feathers covering
                                                                                                           their heads and light pink plumage. As they age, the feathers on
        can  part seas...It can                         the more others will love and respect us. I.E. Let’s see
        move mountains and                              how many heads and hearts we can touch in these last two   their head thin out, with only the blue-green to yellow-green
        it can create miracles.                         months of the year.                                head showing, and their plumage gets darker. Their reddish
        The power of love and                              5. Spoil yourself this holiday. You’re single, so go wild   eyes are in stark contrast to their head coloring, making them
        gratitude will dissolve all                     treating yourself. You will feel great. You deserve it too,   quite a unique specimen. You can estimate the age of a roseate
        negativity in our lives no                      right? Buy the date night outfit (even if you don’t have the   spoonbill then by determining if they have feathers on their
        matter what the form has                        date yet.) Buy the shirt. Book your hair appointment. Hire the   head and by how vibrant their feathers are.
        taken.”~~Rhonda Byrne                           Matchmakers. Understand, every one of us (single or taken)     We are fortunate to see them still since they were hunted
                                                        has a “Relationship Investment Spend” whether you are aware   almost to extinction in the late 1800s for their gorgeous
        Top 5 Dating Tips for                           of it or not. Any and all things that enhance your relationships   plumage used to decorate hats and fans. Thankfully, they
                                                        with others—new and old—will increase the quality of your
                                                                                                           received legal protection in the 1940s, and their population
        November!                                       life. Ask yourself: “What have I spent this year to enhance   has recovered.
                                                        my relationships with others? “If it’s nominal—you know
                                                        what to do next. It’s buying season. Celebrate YOU! Thank     Roseate spoonbills are the only spoonbill species native
           Hey  Insiders!  First  and  foremost,  our  heartfelt   us later for this stellar holiday survival tip.   to the United States. Other species are found in Africa, Asia,
        thanks to you for sharing your precious time with us      In closing, there is no better time than November to   Australia and Europe. However, no other spoonbill species
        again today. This is an excellent read to share with your   ramp up and show gratitude for how far you have come   has the distinctive pink coloring as the roseate spoonbill.
        single friends and family too. We are entering the most   this year. Let your wild streak shine and squash that     Take advantage of the cooler weather and explore the
        vital time of year--and extra love is on the menu. Our   inner self-critic. It’s time to reward yourself--with the   outdoors again! Find a park or preserve and see if you can
        commitment is to love and support all individuals in   gift of love.                               spot a bowl of roseate spoonbills. Enjoy!
        their goals to connect, especially in November, the most      Warm wishes for a joyful Thanksgiving to you and     NPDES tip: Storms occur all year round. Make sure your
        popular month to join our club. This month, our gratitude   your loved ones. Seize the opportunity to transform   yards and trees are trimmed neatly to avoid flying debris during
        knows no bounds for our community, couples, clients,   your love life before the “big” holy holidays come in
        and all of our American Heroes (First Responders). Our   December. Once again, thank you for following THE   a storm. Dispose of your trimmings and clippings properly. Do
        Team appreciates all of you.                    Florida Matchmakers!                               not put them into storm drains or lakes!
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        together. There’s still time for you to find love too. Last   you can avoid the up-and-coming waitlist! The early bird
        year, between November and December, we connected   gets the worm--and the guy--or the girl.
        more new couples than ever before. People are more willing
        to let their stone wall guard down in November. There is        XOXO from Your Favorite Cupids,
        less judgment in November. In a nutshell, ’tis the season!                     Kelly & Miranda
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