Wildlife Friendly Home Welcomes Flamingo Flock

A flock of flamingos swarms Shelly Cross and Troy Matevia’s home at 3338 Orange St. Courtesy photo


Shelly Cross and Troy Matevia’s home at 3338 Orange St. in Los Alamos is a wildlife sanctuary.

Feeders hang at every window and the yard is aglow with color from a variety of flowering plants. A small fountain bubbles quietly beside the porch swing.

Shelly and Troy have worked hard to turn a fairly barren yard into this quiet paradise. Thanks to their efforts, they received a visit recently from the traveling flock of flamingos that turn up around town to recognize beautiful yards and houses. The flamingos are part of an impromptu home recognition campaign being conducted by Paula Barclay, realtor with RE/MAX of Los Alamos.

“Some people are working really hard to make their homes and yards beautiful,” Barclay said. “This is just a lighthearted way to recognize these efforts.”

If you know someone who has done work on their home’s exterior or yard, Barclay encourages them to get in touch with her (paulabarclay@remax.net).

“Nominate your friend, neighbor or yourself,” she said. “Let’s make this a fun way to say thank you for making our town nicer. In the meantime, take a walk down Orange Street this evening and let Troy and Shelly’s oasis inspire you!”


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