Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Time to change the state bird

My oldest checked out a bird book from the library and we were a little shocked to see the following states all have the Northern Cardinal as their state bird: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.

I therefore propose the North Carolina state legislature take this up during the current session and make the Eastern Bluebird the new state bird. Not only is it rarer than a cardinal, but also has nicer colors. Maybe Donna can explain why those particular shades of blue and orange work so well together.

While we'd still have to share the Eastern Bluebird with Missouri and New York, that would be preferable to sharing the cardinal with half the Mideast and Midwest.

It's not quite as rare (as a state bird) as Pennsylvania's Ruffed Grouse, but it'd be a start towards North Carolina obtaining state bird independence rather than us being shackled to the group-think that brought us the cardinal.

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