FLORIDIANS…

Nominate a New State Bird

FLORIDIANS…

Nominate a New State Bird

Our Goal

Join us in the effort to rename Florida’s Official State Bird to a more appropriate choice that’s representative of the Sunshine State’s beautiful environment and unique ecology. Let’s pick a new state bird that is all our own and isn’t just another routine pick found in several other states. Nominate a bird here, and sign the petition to show you’re on board!

 

We hope that Florida’s school kids will ultimately get a chance to vote and pick the new state bird, and we’ll keep you posted on this project aimed at teaching civics while also encouraging good stewardship of key environmental resources. Thank you.

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Max Chesnes: Florida needs a new state bird

Like most Floridians, the common mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is a strange, emphatic creature. Our state bird since 1927, this winged bullhorn can belt up to 200 unique songs, from a chirp-chirp-chirp when you walk to your car, to a tweet-tweet-tweet on your stroll around the block. The little twerp is everywhere: Outside your window. Among your trees. In your dreams. And while there’s no denying that the bird is beautiful and worthy of Florida’s protection, the common mockingbird is, well, exactly that: common.

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Ten birds that are a better choice for Florida’s State Bird

In case you didn’t know, Florida’s official state bird is the Mockingbird. It’s that very common, cranky little gray bird that you sometimes see chasing around bigger birds and occasionally dive-bombing people who walk a little too close to the nest. Ever see a big crow or even a hawk being chased around the sky by a smaller bird? That little one was probably a Mockingbird. Like I said. They can be cranky. Mockingbirds are fine, and I don’t really hold anything against them, but they’re kind of a boring choice as one of Florida’s official state symbols.

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Our Partners

A special thank you to Jack Harris, Aaron Jacobson, Katie Butchino, Natalia Aquilia and their entire iHeart Radio AM Tampa Bay team on 970 WFLA for inspiring and directing this worthwhile civics project with recognition of their common sense desire to have an appropriate state bird designation. This will undoubtedly serve as a positive community education tool to spur tourism and thoughtful workforce development.

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