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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Our National Bird -Which Of These 5 Birds Won?

Kawartha Lakes Families Which Bird Would You Choose For Our National Bird?

Kawartha Lakes families may be surprised to discover Canada did not have a national bird!
Like me, did you think Canada's national bird was the..
Kawartha Lakes Mums Asks - What? You Don't Know Canada's National Bird?

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Did you know Canada's national bird is hotly contended?
Ask 10 friends which bird they think is Canada's national bird, and you may find you get at least five different answers.
Well now we do have a national bird and it is not a bird we had ever heard about, do you know anything about our new national bird?
Many different birds were proposed as contenders for Canada's National Bird.
Finally, it was narrowed down to five finalists.
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Which birds made the short list for Canada's National Bird?

Arguments were presented on a CBC  broadcast from the Canadian Museum of Nature for each of the five birds that were short listed for the honour of being Canada's National Bird.
Here are the birds that were short -listed.

5 Canadian National Bird Finalists

Kawartha Lakes Mums Presents Our National Bird Finalists

Common Loon 

 Its image on our dollar coin has already given the loon a place in our daily lives — along with the inspiration for a Canada-made word, the loonie. It's already the provincial bird of Ontario and was the contest's top finalist, with nearly 14,000 votes. But does the loon deserve a greater honour as Canada's national bird? Steven Price, the president of Bird Studies Canada thought so.

Black-Capped Chickadee 

 This little, year-round songbird was crowned the unofficial Bird of Ottawa on CBC Radio's In Town and Out last year. It is also the provincial bird of New Brunswick. But can it win the heart of the entire nation? George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate, promoted the Black-capped chickadee

Snowy Owl 

 This hardy bird summers in the far reaches of the north but heads south in the winter — with a presence in all of Canada's provinces and territories at some point in the year. Already the provincial bird of Quebec, Alex MacDonald, a senior conservation manager with Nature Canada, argued the snowy owl should represent the entire nation.

Gray Jay 

 This bird of many names — also known as the Canada jay and whiskey jack — can be found across Canada year-round. Indeed, the bird with a white-tipped tail seeks out cold climates. David Bird, Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Biology at McGill University, is argued the gray jay deserves the title of Canada's bird.

Canada Goose 

 It's not hard to find a mother goose parading along with a gaggle of goslings in tow in the spring. In fact, the Canada goose population has "experienced extraordinary growth" in Canada recently as its geographic range has expanded, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Mark Graham, vice-president of research and collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature made a case to honour this bird with the official title.
The Canadian Geographical Society will make its recommendation for Canada's National Bird in the December 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic.

Canada's New National Bird 

So which bird was chosen as Canada's new national bird?
The Grey Jay or Whiskey Jack.
However, believe it or not, Canada's National bird is still hotly contended!
See why the Grey Jay was chosen as Canada's National bird at nationalbird.canadiangeographic.ca

Which bird would your family choose as Canada's National Bird?
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