The results are in and the Peregrine Falcon will succeed the Black-capped Chickadee as Vancouver’s official City Bird for 2016.
The falcon was the clear winner with 43% of votes cast. The Western Grebe was the runner-up with the Barn Owl and the Barn Swallow rounding out this year’s candidates.
More votes than civic election
The City Bird competition was introduced in 2014. The campaign received 700,000 votes – almost five times more than were cast in the 2011 civic election. This year, 80,000 more votes were cast for the birds than for the city’s civic leaders. The falcon received a whopping 115,000 votes- which is 31,000 more votes than the 83,000 Vancouver mayor Gregor Robinson won in the 2015 civic election.
— Vancouver Birds (@VancouverBirds) May 10, 2015
The City Bird competion is a part of Vancouver’s Bird Week, which wrapped up on Friday. The week-long celebration of the city’s feathered denizens was inspired by World Migratory Bird Day, a United Nations-sponsored initiative that recognizes the importance of birds as key indicators of environmental health. The week features exhibitions, lectures and bird watching tours across the city.
As the official city bird, the falcon will be featured on all Bird Week merchandise next year. The falcon promptly tweeted its acceptance of official bird of Vancouver, and its intentions for the position:
— Peregrine Falcon (@vanperegrine) May 10, 2015