So long to the Loon, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society has selected a new national bird.
Meet the Gray Jay!
“This national debate has been running since January 2015, in fact. But after weighing the opinions and preferences of tens of thousands of Canadians, as well as the expertise of our National Conservation Partners at Bird Studies Canada and other ornithologists and conservationists, as well as cultural experts and Indigenous Peoples, that list was narrowed to five birds. And one finalist best met all reasonable criteria.”
So what do you need to know about the Gray Jay?
1) Like crows, ravens and blue jays, it’s a member of the corvid family.
2) For 200 years it was called the “Canada jay”.
3) It’s found in every province and territory.
4) They live year-round in Canada.
5) The grey jay is also known as Whiskey Jack.
To all the other contenders better luck next year 😉