Who Will Become Vancouver’s Official City Bird?

So much to vote for, so little time.

May 9, 2017

By Maansi Pandya

It may be time to vote in the provincial election, but what you might not know is that another election is taking place just around the corner: Vancouver’s official City Bird! The election is part of the Vancouver Bird Week festivities (on until May 13) and aims to create conditions for native birds to thrive in the city.

To narrow down the list of nominees, Vancouver bird experts used a public process called Word for Birds. Over a thousand residents contributed words that best reflect the people of Vancouver and matched them to four local species. The final nominees are the Anna’s Hummingbird, the Spotted Towhee, the Northern Flicker and the Varied Thrush. In the past, Vancouver has chosen a different bird each year, but this time the city is crowning a permanent official City Bird.

You have until May 14, 2017 to vote for one of the four birds either online or in person. Ballot boxes can be found in Hillcrest, Roundhouse, Central Library, City Hall, Stanley Park Ecology Society and other workshop venues. Be sure to keep an eye out for the candidates at the various bird events taking place throughout the city, or “chat” with the birds by heading to the City of Vancouver’s Facebook page. The official City Bird will be announced May 16, 2017.

For more information on the City Bird election and the four candidates, head over to vancouver.ca/city-bird.

Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Spotted Towhee, Varied Thrush.

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