Snowy Owl should be our national bird
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