Let's Officially Name the Canada jay Canada's National Bird

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The Canada Jay for Canada’s Bird!!

Yay we did it! We were all an important part of the momentum to have the Canada jays' name restored and that is great news. However, the fight to install this bird to its rightful place as a permanent Canadian symbol is not yet completely won. The next logical step is to have the Canada jay officially declared Canada's national bird and we were very close in 2017 on Canada's 150 birthday. For whatever reason we didn't quite make it then but we are close and must not give up the good fight. Join us again here by signing and passing on the petition to as many friends as possible. We are striving to reach 100,000 signatures of support to help carry the flight of this petition right back to parliament as quickly and forcefully as possible and have the Canada Jay officially recognized as our national bird. Join us and be a part of history as together we name Canada's national bird!

Need more convincing?

In no order of importance, here are no less than SEVENTEEN compelling reasons as to why the Canada Jay would be a great choice for the national bird of Canada:

1) Found in all thirteen provinces and territories; it is only observed in a limited part of the U.S., e.g. in the Rocky Mountain region of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

2) A member of the corvid or crow family, arguably the smartest birds on the planet;

3) Not an official bird species for any of the ten provinces and recognized territories nor any other country (Common Loon is Ontario’s bird; Snowy Owl is Quebec’s bird; Black-capped Chickadee is New Brunswick’s bird)

4) Very hardy like all Canadians, having highly adapted itself to living in very cold regions and nesting in temperatures of -30 C;

5) Stays in Canada year-round, i.e. not a “snowbird” like the Common Loon!

6) Has strong attachments to Canada’s First Nations; “whiskyjack”, a name widely used today by Canadians is believed to have been derived from the Cree word, wîskicahk, and it is one of very few English vernacular names for a North American bird species borrowed from an indigenous language;

7) The first bird, and perhaps the only bird, to greet thousands of explorers, fur trappers, prospectors, settlers, and First Nations folks, around their campfires in the dead of chilly Canadian winters;

8) Is not an endangered species and thus, not at a serious risk of disappearing; 

9) Figures prominently in the boreal forest ecological zone, constituting a vast portion of our country worthy of protection and under pressure from clear-cutting and oil and gas development;

10) Not a hunted species, so not shot by Canadians;

11) Extremely friendly toward humans (like all Canadians), easily coming into even empty hands for treats, especially in our National Parks from coast to coast;

12) Canadians could not have a better name for their national bird….it is officially called the Canada Jay, its French name has always been “mésangeai du Canada”, and its Latin name is Perisoreus canadensis!

13) Not regarded as an obnoxious or nuisance species (like the Canada goose which is culled in the U.S., the UK, and even in Canada itself!)

14) Not likely to be confused with any other bird species;

15) Not a circumpolar species, i.e. not found in other northern countries (as is the Snowy Owl);

16) Not flamboyantly coloured; easily reproducible in logo format;

17) Chosen as the official logo bird of the historic International Ornithological Congress in Ottawa in 1986; it was “the most Canadian bird” they could find!

 

----- David M. Bird