Change the State Bird of Oregon to the Duck (or Mallard)
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As you may or may not be aware it is generally accepted that the state bird of the great state of Oregon is currently the Western Meadowlark. As an avid birdwatcher I live next to an area with abundant wildlife. My only sighting of a Western Meadowlark was on a trip to desolate south east Oregon. According to Wikipedia the state legislature of Oregon never voted on the state bird, it was named as a result of a polling of school children in 1927 by the Audubon Society. It is my belief that over 90% of our residents have either never seen one or would probably not recognize one if it were to alight in their vicinity. How we ended up with this bird(it is not even in the lark family it is a kind of blackbird) is beyond me but I suspect either hanging chads or a butterfly ballot.
The Western Meadowlark is the state bird of Oregon, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming. That's right, FIVE OTHER STATES! Only if we changed to the Mockingbird (Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas) could we equal this total lack of originality.
By now it must be obvious what needs to be done. There is only one obvious logical choice for state bird, Anas platyrhynchos AKA the Mallard. It is my contention that most Americans if asked would assume that our state bird was a duck. Along with park pond denizen, farm bird, popular waterfowl game bird, in Oregon the duck is a very powerful symbol loved by true Oregonions.
I am aware that any change of this sort is bound to ruffle a few feathers. I am confident this is something fun that Oregon voters will CARE about and want to participate in. If this bill were to be referred to the voters it would probably boost voter participation by 10 to 15 points depending upon which election. There would likely be vast sums of money flowing into political action committees on both sides of the issue. Beaver Nation secured our state symbol in 1969 and they will likely stop at nothing to derail efforts to elevate the status of a duck to official state bird.
Now is the time to Park the Lark! #GoDucks!
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