Snowy Owl: Canada does not have a national bird, and many think it’s time to have one to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation (its sesquicentennial) in 2017. Almost 50,000 Canadians voted online at the site of Canadian Geographic for their choice of a national bird, part of its National Bird Project. [Ed.I voted for the snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus).] There are now five finalists, which are in order of votes: common loon, snowy owl, gray jay/whiskey jack, Canada goose and black-capped chickadee. The final choice will be made by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society; the winner will be publicly declared by its magazine in its December 2016 issue (hitting the newsstands on November 21, 2016). It is, however, ultimately up to the Canadian Parliament, and chiefly the party in power, the Liberals led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to decide the matter. For more, go to [CanadianGeographic].
Photo Credit: Joel Bissell; Muskegon Chronicle via AP Source: CBC