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All Things Maine

Monday, December 26, 2005

The Chickadee Debate

Michigan is looking for a new state bird, and the black-capped chickadee is one of the contenders.

The chickadee is already the state bird of Maine and Massachusetts, but Rep. Matt Gillard argues that it deserves to be honored in Michigan as well.
"I've got some constituents who are big fans of the chickadee," Gillard said. "They are found throughout the state. They're friendly birds and easy to get close to." [Link]
As a compromise, Gillard proposes that the robin (the current state bird) be named Michigan's official migratory bird, and that the Kirtland's warbler (another contender) be the state's official songbird.

Section 209 of Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 9, adopted April 6, 1927, states that "The state bird shall be the chickadee." Massachusetts followed Maine's lead in 1941.
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