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More on heron vs. goldfinch

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
February 8, 2011 12:25 pm

The blue heron lobby thought this was the year they could ram their bill through, but Big Goldfinch is fighting back.

OK, the clash isn’t quite that dramatic. But House Democrats explain on their blog the debate over which critter should be the state bird:

Hunter has heard from lifelong birdwatchers who argue that the Goldfinch is not only an asset to the entire state, it also provides a special “ornithological lesson about supply and demand” because the Goldfinch waits to nest until later in the season than most birds when the seeds they eat are more plentiful.

Sounds like an argument for the 25th month.

Anyway, House Dems reveal how the heron plan was hatched: A 12-year-old student from Bellevue, Eva, wrote to Rep. Ross Hunter:

  1. I see the goldfinch on some occasions, but I think the Great Blue Heron is more common.
  2. No other state has the Great Blue Heron. Two other states (Iowa and New Jersey) have the goldfinch for their state bird.
  3. The Great Blue Heron is found all over Washington, it would be the bird for the entire state, not just part of it.
  4. The goldfinch became the state bird in 1951; it is probably time to change it.

As this great debate unfolds, the Seattle Times editorial board is taking a bold stand against the 12-year-old bird-lover lobby.

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