Canada’s National Bird Search
They don’t have one. Who’d a thunk it, eh? I’ve lived a stone’s throw away from the border for most of my life and never knew. But that’s going to change soon. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic is conducting a poll for the National Bird Project. They hope Canada will have an official bird by 2017, the country's sesquicentennial.
Visitors to the web site can vote for one of 40 birds and evidently they want people to cast informed votes because each bird has an illustration, detailed information about what they look like - including height, length and wingspan - and maps depicting where they breed, where they stay when not breeding and their migration patterns. It’s just a treasure trove of info about nature and lots of fun to browse.
At the moment the Common Loon, the Snowy Owl and the Gray Jay/Wiskey Jack top the leaderboard.
Do any of these birds visit your yard?