Finalists Announced for Regina’s Official Bird Panelists to defend their feathery favourites
Regina residents enthusiastically answered the “caw” in the search for Regina’s official bird, impressively submitting more than 700 nominations! There was such strong support for six species of birds in particular, that the Bird Friendly City Committee determined the finalists should be a flock of six instead of five.
- American Pelican
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Canada Goose
- Grey Partridge
- Peregrine Falcon
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
Voting for the official winner will occur between November 30 and December 10. Residents will be able to cast their vote at Regina.ca/bird.
Ahead of voting day, a talented Bird City Panel will provide passionate arguments for why each feathered contender deserves to be crowned. Tune in to the CBC Morning Edition from November 20 – 27 to hear the debate... it should be a hoot! The panel members are:
- Nelson Bird, Assignment Editor at CTV Regina News and Host/Producer of Indigenous Circle
- Ryan Fisher, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum
- Trevor Herriot, Naturalist, Grassland Conservationist and Author
- Jordan Rustad, Field Manager and Bander-in-Charge at the Last Mountain Bird Observatory
- Cheryl Stadnichuk, City of Regina Councillor
- Students from Thomson Community School
In March 2022, through the work of Regina’s Bird Friendly City Committee, Regina was officially declared a Bird City through Nature Canada’s Bird Friendly City Program. Bird Friendly City Regina is a volunteer committee with 14 members from community and local environmental non-profits such as Nature Saskatchewan, Nature Regina and Salthaven West.
More information on the bird finalists and the Bird City panelists can be found at Regina.ca/bird.