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Nov 18, 2016

Grey Jay proposed as Canada's official bird

                                                        Photo by Steve Phillips
Perisoreus canadensis

The Grey Jay has been selected by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society as its designated choice for Canada's official bird.   The society's National Bird Project had as its goal the declaring of an official bird of Canada by 2017, the 150th anniversary of the country's confederation.   Initial reaction included widespread comment that the bird was not a suitable choice as it is not well known across the country.   A voter's choice poll selected the Grey Jay as its 3rd-place selection, but society officials over-ruled the placing and bumped the jay to first place.   It's a good thing it is such a tough survivor in the Canadian wilderness, as it already has a couple of big obstacles: not being well-known by most Canadians, and having other birds as more popular choices.
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