Ought to the Canada Jay be Named our Nation’s Official Hen?

You possibly can assist with this effort to ascertain the Canada Jay as our official chook!

Posted by Bob Lefebvre

There was lots of curiosity regionally within the latest voting for Calgary’s Official Hen, which was gained by the Black-capped Chickadee. However as of at present, Canada doesn’t have an official Nationwide Hen. There’s a sturdy motion, spearheaded by Dr. David Hen, to call the Canada Jay as our nationwide avain consultant. Dr. Hen and his workforce make a robust case.

Canada Jay
Canada Jay. Previously referred to as the Grey Jay, and identified by many as Whiskyjack.
Picture by Kent Ladell, SW Alberta.

Right here is the press launch that particulars the explanations for supporting this effort.

CANADIAN ORNITHOLOGISTS CALL ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR A NATIONAL BIRD!!

On June 9, 2022, a duplicate of a promotional ebook entitled “The Canada Jay as Canada’s Nationwide Hen?” has been given to each one among Canada’s 338 federal Members of Parliament, together with The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Setting and Local weather Change Canada.  The prime message within the classy-looking vibrant ebook of 80 pages is to encourage the federal authorities to take steps to undertake a Nationwide Hen for Canada, and hopefully to take it a step additional — to make that chook the Canada Jay!
 
Why does Canada even want a Nationwide Hen, chances are you’ll properly ask?
One in 5 Canadians spends a median a 3rd of their 12 months watching, feeding, and/or photographing birds, representing massive bucks for our financial system!  Birds additionally eat pests, pollinate our crops and crops, disperse seeds; their eggs and meat (sure, chickens are birds!) feed us and their feathers preserve us heat. Birds save human lives by globally warning us of environmental well being hazards reminiscent of carcinogenic pesticides and industrial by-products. As for his or her intrinsic worth, what number of nice writers, artists, movie makers, and even aviators and astronauts have been impressed by the wonder, the tune and the flight of those wonderful distinctive creatures?! Wikipedia’s Listing of Nationwide Birds signifies that 106 of the world’s 195 international locations have official birds. For instance, the U.S. takes lots of nationwide satisfaction of their Nationwide Hen — the Bald Eagle. However Canada shouldn’t be within the checklist — we don’t have one! But our nation does have nationwide symbols – the beaver, the maple tree, two sports activities and even a nationwide horse! However alas — no official chook.

For a Nationwide Hen for Canada, one couldn’t discover a extra Canadian chook than the aptly named Canada Jay! This very good corvid breeds in each province and territory and its vary nearly mirrors our nation’s borders. This can be very pleasant, typically touchdown on an outstretched palm and this can be very hardy – typically incubating eggs at -20 levels C, resides year-round in our nation, and is present in all provinces! Its French title is le mésangeai du Canada and its common title, whiskyjack, is derived from one of many largest indigenous language teams in Canada. Canada Jays have performed a outstanding position in each Indigenous tradition and our nation’s historical past. Importantly, not like the Frequent Loon (Ontario) and the Snowy Owl (Quebec), Canada Jays usually are not the chook of any province!

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The E-book Canada Jay, The The Nationwide Hen of Canada? might be ordered at Amazon.ca here. It will likely be printed on July 1 (Canada Day!) however you’ll be able to pre-order it now. All earnings from its gross sales are going to non-profit chook conservation organizations.

Extra data on this effort might be discovered on the web site CanadaJay.org. There’s additionally a petition on Change.org which you could signal right here. They’ve already surpassed the objective of 15,000 signatures, and now are attempting to achieve 25,000.

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