As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

6 birds compete in Vancouver’s official City Bird competition

By Christine Tam Global News

Six feathered hopefuls are vying to be elected Vancouver’s official City Bird and they need your votes.

Bird enthusiasts gathered in Stanley Park Sunday morning to choose their favourite among six birds that live in Vancouver all year round.

It’s all part of an educational competition geared towards raising awareness about the importance of birds in our ecosystem. The competition is part of Bird Week, which runs from May 3 to 10.

Bird Week will kick off with an official proclamation and walk on Beach Avenue.

Throughout the week, there will be artists’ workshops and art exhibits at the Roundhouse and Hillcrest community centres, closing with a series of walks in Vancouver parks to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.

The winner of the City Bird competition will be featured on buttons during next year’s Bird Week. Vancouver residents can vote online for their favourite bird until May 3.

Each bird has taken to social media to promote themselves using the hashtag #vancitybird on Twitter.

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