A Nevada High School student has been flocking Nevada with flamingos for the past month or so.


Erin Coogler, an upcoming junior at Nevada High School, is spreading flamingos throughout the community to raise money for a school trip in 2020 to Costa Rica. On the trip, she will learn about Costa Rica’s culture and participate in activities including hiking, canoeing and working with a local school.


The idea of having people pay her to “flock” their own or others’ yards will help cover the $2,500 trip fee.


“I wanted to do something different than what other people would do,” she said. “There are group fundraisers doing things like selling bracelets or coffee, things like that, but I didn’t want to do what everyone else is doing.”


Instead, her mother thought the flocking idea would be a great thing for Erin to do.


“My mom came home one night and said she thought of this idea. We had done some things like this in the past with a family friend, where we would do things like ‘forking’ each other or putting Dum Dums’ in each other’s yards,” she said. “It’s like a fun game, and we wanted to bring the community into it.”


Orders are placed on Coogler’s fundraiser website, and then, under the cover of darkness, she places a dozen pink, plastic flamingos in the yard of the ordered address, along with signage that says, “You’ve Been Flocked!” Flamingos are placed on Thursday and Sunday nights.


“It’s going great so far,” Erin said. “We (her family and her) have done several flockings and we are starting to get the hang of it. Each time, it gets smoother, faster and quieter.”


Erin said she’s grateful for how the community has responded to her fundraiser. “Everyone … (has) expressed their excitement of waking up and seeing they’ve been flocked. I can’t wait to continue the fun and bring more excitement to the community.”


Once flocked, the flamingos remain in place for two days unless the homeowner requests their removal sooner. After the two days are up, Coogler retrieves the flock and prepares them for their next location.


One thing she’s learned, she said, is that the internet is a huge help, not only with getting the word out but with automatically putting each flocking location on her (online) calendar. “This sure helps make it easier on scheduling each one. In the future, I will use this experience to stay organized in any other activity, so I have success in whatever I do.”


The cost for a two-day flocking is $20. For more information about Coogler’s fundraiser, email nevadaflamingo@gmail.com or visit https://www.cupofcandy.com/flamingos?fbclid=IwAR3RIBSEfRcaqo8Bj3DHGPcAOOCskZWSgfI2VP3ay54tGZDnHIAC9qMi9cE.


Marlys Barker, Editor, contributed to this story.