Canada's National Bird


As we enter the hazy, lazy days of summer, relaxing outdoors amid the happy tweets and trills of our native... WHAT? What do you mean Canada has no national bird? OMG!  Turns out it's true. For eighteen months the Royal Canadian Geographic Society has been lobbying to have the grey jay named Canada's national bird—apparently because it lives in all 13 provinces and territories, and thus reinforces national unity. Yet after endless "public debates and consultations with ornithologists"—just when it looked like the diminutive jay had crushed the common loon and the snowy owl—no decision! Ah well, Canadian birders can brook disappointment.