June 29, 2016 14:28 ET
OTTAWA, ON --(Marketwired - June 29, 2016) - Time is running out for Canadians to select a national bird in time for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Canadian Geographic is calling on all Canadians to cast their vote for the bird they feel symbolizes our great country by theAugust 31st, 2016 deadline.
Canada has a national arboreal emblem, a national horse, two national sports and an animal that has come to be associated with the country. And yet after nearly 150 years, Canada has never identified a national bird. Now is the time for the beaver to have an avian partner.
"The National Bird Project has garnered a huge amount of interaction with Canadians since it launched in January 2015," says Aaron Kylie, Editor of Canadian Geographic. "We're eager to see the campaign finally recognize a national bird. That was the goal all along. And this November, just in time for the country's 150th anniversary celebrations, Canadian Geographic will announce the winner."
Canadians have the summer to ponder on which bird species should be chosen to symbolize the aspirations of our country. Voting is easy. Just visit the National Bird Project website atnationalbird.canadiangeographic.ca. To help Canadians make an informed decision, the website sports profiles for each of Canada's 40 favourite birds with information on each bird's habitat, as well as range maps that show year‐round habitat, breeding habitat, migration ranges and wintering habitat.
To date, over 35,000 Canadians from coast to coast to coast have voted. The top five leading contenders in order of popularity are the common loon, the snowy owl, the gray jay or whiskey jack, the Canada goose, and finally, the black-capped chickadee.