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Old 11-18-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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Default Canada Is Agonizing About Choosing A National Bird

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The humble, hardy gray jay is poised to become the national bird of Canada — and that's causing quite a flap.

Canadian Geographic has officially recommended that the bird, also known as the whiskey jack or Canada jay, become a national symbol. It beat out winged heavies such as the black-capped chickadee, the Canada goose, the snowy owl and the crowd-favorite common loon.

The gray jay! #CanadaBird pic.twitter.com/b3UelGZH4P
— Canadian Geographic (@CanGeo) November 17, 2016

This comes after a process lasting nearly two years that included an online poll and a heated public debate. Canadian Geographic hopes the government will adopt its recommendation in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017. It says the choice between the country's 450 species of birds "was made neither lightly nor quickly."
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:26 PM   #2
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Since I can't have the loon, I'm ok with the whiskey jack. They're all over my yard outside the city anyway.

As for swapping the beaver out for the polar bear, forget that!
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So, are all Canadians as enamored with their beavers as you are rb?
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Guess I walked right into that one, didn't I!
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A Push For The Gray Jay To Take Its Perch As National Bird Of Canada

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NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with ornithologist David Bird about his effort to make the gray jay the national bird of Canada. The race to choose which bird is ruffling some feathers.
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