Did you know that those curved beaks on flamingos help them vacuum up algae, their favorite food? Marita Davison, a former Cornell graduate student, studies the effects of flamingos on the lakes of the high Andes. Equipped with a rugged vehicle and a variety of water sampling equipment, Marita travels off road to the high plains in Bolivia to learn how the flamingo’s foraging strategy affects the lake ecosystem, getting stuck in the mud along the way.

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