Help Pick a National Bird for Canada!
Yes, the country that hosted this year’s Winter Olympics does not have a national bird. The good news is, one group is trying to change that—and you can help!
The Canadian Raptor Conservancy is on a mission to get a national bird for Canada. According to their website:
“We will collect 200,000 signatures & suggestion, after that the winning suggestion will be formulated into a petition and handed to our local Member of Parliament to be presented to the House of Commons.”
Whether or not the petition will work or convince the Canadian government to officially name a bird as their national bird remains to be seen; but it’s still worth a shot! The Conservancy asks those who make suggestions to consider the following criteria for their bird of choice:
• It should be a bird that can be found in all (or at least most) provinces of Canada
• It should be a bird that is easily recognized on a regular basis
• It should be a bird that is not already listed as another nation’s national bird (or an official bird of a single Canadian province)
To find out more about the petition and submit your suggestion, check out the official site here.
By Heidi Marshall