We should all know a little more about the countries to the north and south of us.

Almost everyone knows the Bald Eagle is the National Bird of the United States.  Some may know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the Turkey to be the National Bird of the United States,

But what about our friends to the north?  Do you know what the National Bird of Canada is?

Think hard.   Still don’t have it?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.   Canada does NOT have a national bird.  But that may soon change.

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society recently held a national poll to determine what the citizens of Canada wanted as their national bird.  The top three vote getters, in order, are:

Common Loon

Common Loon


Snowy Owl in flight

Snowy Owl


Gray Jay

Gray Jay

The Royal Canadian Geographic Society will make its official recommendation on November 16.  Their recommendation to the Canadian Parliament will be based on the public poll, an expert panel and other input.

Each of these birds nest and raise their young in the vast Boreal Forest, often described as North America’s bird nursery.  The Boreal Forest extends across much of Canada and into Alaska.  The Boreal forest Initiative seeks to preserve at least 50% of the Canadian Boreal Forest.  Both Ontario and Quebec have pledged to conserve at least 50% of their northern Boreal regions.

For additional information:

Canada’s Choosing A National Bird (And It’s Surprisingly Suspenseful)

National Bird Project

Boreal Songbird Initiative

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