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National Bird Project – Vote for Canada’s National Bird

There are more than 450 species of birds across Canada, but not one of them has been designated as our national bird — a title that for too long hasn’t been made official. It’s time to change that.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society along with Canadian Geographic are asking Canadians to vote for the bird you think most defines Canada. The goal is to designate an official bird for Canada by 2017, the country’s sesquicentennial.

Top 5 birds by votes (as of April 10th)

National Bird ProjectCommon loon – 7703

Snowy owl – 5853

Gray jay / Whiskey jack – 5360

Canada goose – 2313

Black-capped chickadee – 2017

Total votes: 29,711

Read some compelling essays by fellow Canadians (you can write your own essay in defense of your favourite feathered Canadian) and then cast your vote:

National Bird Project

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