Snowy Owl should be our na­tional bird

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: A na­tional bird for Canada

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Martin Ramsey for his pho­to­graph (Dec. 28) of the beau­ti­ful snowy owl, which he took at Con­fed­er­a­tion Park.

To­day one can­not view this mag­nif­i­cent large bird as be­long­ing solely to the Arc­tic re­gion, be­cause it is found through­out the en­tire coun­try. It can be seen in farm fields, air­ports and wa­ter­ways in­clud­ing all the Great Lakes. It has golden eyes, a black beak and the male’s feathers are snow white. I can eas­ily vi­su­al­ize this owl de­picted in front of a back­ground of snow capped moun­tains, a frozen lake and par­tially hid­den among an evergreen for­est.

Scott Judd, a Chicago IT con­sul­tant summed up the emo­tions of many Cana­di­ans when he saw the snowy owl along the shore­line of Lake Michi­gan. He said that it took his breath away. “It was an amaz­ing sight ... it’s al­most like they’re from an­other world. They cap­ti­vate peo­ple in a way that other birds don’t.”

Yes, I re­al­ize that this an­i­mal is the pro­vin­cial bird of Que­bec. Nev­er­the­less, I would en­cour­age the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to en­gage Que­bec with the in­tent of shar­ing the snowy owl with the rest of Canada. “La belle prov­ince might well con­sider the gov­ern­ment’s re­quest. If Que­bec ac­qui­esced, their noble ac­tion would be viewed as a mag­nan­i­mous gift to the rest of the na­tion. Un­doubt­edly, Cana­di­ans would wel­come the Snowy Owl as their na­tional bird. Den­nis D’Alessan­dro, Grimsby

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