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Can Geo Talks 2016: The Great Canadian National Bird Debate

Attention all bird lovers — this Can Geo Talks event will thrill you.

Close to 50,000 Canadians voted for the bird they felt would best represent their country in Canadian Geographic’s National Bird Project. Now we’re down to the top five bird species, one of which will become The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s recommendation for Canada’s National Bird: the common loon, the snowy owl, the gray jay/whiskey jack, the Canada goose and the black-capped chickadee.

The next phase of the project is an expert panel debate, where five celebrated Canadians from different fields will advocate for the declaration of a National Bird and the species they believe is most worthy of the honour. Held at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, this Can Geo Talks event is a partnership with Bird Studies Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Panellists include the following:

  • Steven Price, President of Bird Studies Canada
  • David Bird, Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Biology, McGill University
  • Shirley Ida Williams, Professor Emeritus of Indigenous Studies, Trent University
  • George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate
  • Alex MacDonald, Senior Conservation Manager, Nature Canada

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change will provide opening remarks about why birds are important to Canadians. George Kourounis, renowned global adventurer, storm chaser, explorer and television presenter will fearlessly guide the lively debate.

Get your tickets now!

Monday, September 19th
7 p.m.
Barrick Salon
Canadian Museum of Nature
240 McLeod St., Ottawa, ON K2P 2R1

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Can't attend the event? To watch the live stream starting at 7 p.m. EST< or a recording of the debate after the fact, click here, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #canadabird.

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