With 450 species in the country to choose from, Canadian Geographic’s decision was made neither lightly nor quickly.
This national debate has been running since January 2015, in fact.
But after weighing the opinions and preferences of tens of thousands of
Canadians, as well as the expertise of our National Conservation
Partners at Bird Studies Canada
and other ornithologists and conservationists, as well as cultural
experts and Indigenous Peoples, that list was narrowed to five birds.
And one finalist best met all reasonable criteria.