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Loons, Waterfowl and Seabirds

Common loon (Gavia immer )

Votes: 13995

Common loon
Photo illustration: Canadian Geographic; Photo: Wayne Wood / CG Photo Club

This diving waterbird has a round head, pointed bill, long body and short tail. Adult loons have green-black heads and necks, red eyes, white-spotted black upperparts and white underparts. They breed in every province and territory, nesting near forested bodies of water.

*Provincial bird of Ontario

(Both Sexes)
Weight 2.5-6.1 kg
Length 66-91 cm
Wingspan 1-1.3 m
Common loon range map
Range map courtesy iBird for Windows
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Comments and essays appear in the language in which they were submitted


On this night in Algonquin Park it is loons—the doormen of each lake, black-tie emissaries that cavort with us like dolphins—who put on a veritable vocal Olympics. A classic, lonely cry rises from one end of the lake, and a laughing, maniacal answer emanates from the other; while these echo around the water more join in and soon the sounds are bouncing off all sides, colliding in the middle like waves in a bathtub. It’s odd something like this can seem both eerie and comforting in the same instant. “The loon here is laughing again,” wrote John McPhee, “so I laugh back. He laughs. I laugh. He laughs. I laugh. He will keep it up until I am hoarse. He likes conversation. He talks this way with other loons. I am endeavoring to tell him that he is a hopeless degenerate killer of trout. He laughs.”

Despite ease of association with the word “lunatic,” loons are actually named for their strange walk—moving on land like a bent over penguin about to tip over beak first. But their discomfort with terra firma, on which they spend perilously little time, and then only during nesting season, is the flipside of an exquisite adaptation to lake living. The Common Loon (Gavia immer) can be just shy of a meter in size and weigh 5 kilos. With legs set far back and molded into powerful paddles, it can rocket like a torpedo underwater, twisting and turning after fish and invertebrate prey, and diving to 60 meters. In turn loons are eaten by large fish, and devious raccoons, weasels and skunks when they’re nesting. First Nations hunters have a small loon quota in parts of Algonquin, but the population remains very stable; it’s difficult to go an hour without seeing one.

Myles has been determined to photograph a loon, which she’s familiar with as a cottage creature but has never seen so close. We’ve followed many on the water; sometimes they’ve let us approach, other times not so much. In either case, with the wide-angle lenses and shutter delay of most digital point-and-shoots, it has been hard to get a solid image. Indeed most of our shots are so vague that they could easily be de-saturated (color removed) on a computer and submitted to some cryptozoology site as evidence of an Algonquin lake monster. But tracking these birds isn’t easy; their movements are, at least to anyone who isn’t a loon biologist, notoriously random: when a loon dives you have no clue if it will pop up next to you or half a kilometre away; their whole body may surface or just their head and neck; sometimes, when they feel particularly threatened, only their beak will appear, vertically like a snorkel; two loons diving together may come up far apart or vice versa; loons may display no interest in you whatsoever or be obviously curious. But whatever they do, as McPhee notes, they will laugh it off in characteristic style, as if the joke of their unpredictability is on the observer.

The loon indeed authenticates a northern lake, and in so doing has, to some extent, authenticated an entire country. This, I tell Myles, is the reason Canada’s bronze-plated one-dollar coin with a loon emblazoned on the reverse (Queen Lizzy II on the obverse, of course)—which should, by rights, really just be called “a dollar”—quickly became the “Loonie” after its 1987 introduction. Loonie was so widely recognized that the Royal Canadian Mint bought rights to the name in 2006, making it the official label for Canada’s currency in global financial markets. And the backstory is even better viz serene, dark, quiet, wilderness lakes: similar to Canada’s previous silver dollar, the new coin was meant to have a voyageur theme, but the master dies were lost in transit to the mint and a different design was needed stat in order to avoid possible counterfeiting. So ubiquitous was the term Loonie that Canada’s two-dollar coin—which dropped in 1996, should have been similarly un-noteworthy, and actually has a polar bear on the back—was instantly known by the portmanteau “Toonie.”

Yes, people seem to genuinely dig these crazy birds. They’re mascot worthy. If the souvenir industry in this country weren’t already so crowded, the loon, with the right management team, could dethrone beer, bacon, beaver, maple leaf, donut, inukshuk—Mounties for gawd’s sake. Just for being certifiable. How Canadian! I might be ranting a bit to Myles but I’m making a point.

—What do you think of all that?

She looks up from her crossword. It seemed like she’d been listening, but apparently that had stopped when she started thinking.

—How far can loons see underwater?
—Further than us. Further than fish.
—And above water.
—Pretty far, I guess.
—At night, too?
—Probably not.
—Then what are they all doing out there?

As if in a ham-fisted attempt to provide their own explanation, a strong commotion breaks out on the water. Splashing and wing-flapping. Desperate ululation.

—Who cares what you think? I yell out of the tent for fun, you’re just a bunch of dumb birds!

They laugh.

Canada’s common thread

Doug Tozer, Ontario Program Scientist, Bird Studies Canada

Canadians love being outdoors. Fishing, birding, camping, hunting, backpacking, boating, canoeing, cottaging — you name it. We all crave natural areas in some form or another. It’s hard to figure out precisely why, but perhaps deep down there is something fundamentally Canadian about enjoying and conserving our vast healthy tracts of wilderness. Maybe it’s reassuring for us to see first-hand that large portions of our wonderful country are still alive and well, beyond the urban sprawl and pollution that surround many of us daily.

Canadians are diverse in the ways we choose to enjoy the outdoors, but a common thread connects us all — a symbol, which Canadians and others around the world associate with untouched wilderness, and by association, a healthy Canadian environment. That common thread is the Common Loon, now widely considered an iconic indicator of the health of aquatic ecosystems. From my perspective, there is no better bird to represent what it means to be Canadian.

Did you know that 95 per cent of the world’s Common Loons breed in Canada? The Common Loon occurs regularly in every province and territory. It even appears on our one-dollar coin, the “loonie.” The species is instantly and easily recognized by just about everyone.

Common Loons lead surprisingly mysterious and complex lives. They are fierce defenders of their territories, which can lead to violent battles between male rivals — sometimes even resulting in death. Each male’s call is unique, and his vocal characteristics convey information to other males about his weight and associated fighting ability. Another fascinating behaviour involves social gatherings numbering up to several dozen birds, where loons float around on the surface of the water and peer into each other’s eyes. Researchers have not yet determined why they do this.

The loon is readily observed as it spends most of its time floating around, often calling loudly from the middle of many of Canada’s tens of thousands of lakes. Through Bird Studies Canada’s Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, hundreds of citizen scientists each year help track the numbers of chicks that Common Loons produce as an indicator of the extent of acid rain, mercury pollution, and the associated health of our lakes, one of the most prized components of our wild spaces. Results show that loon reproductive success has declined over the past two decades, but is still high enough to support a stable population.

This well-known, intriguing species represents Canada’s globally-renowned wilderness and our love of the outdoors like no other species can. As such, it should be Canada’s national bird.

Dr. Doug Tozer is a long-time birder who grew up in the heart of Canada’s “loon country.” He is Ontario Program Scientist at Bird Studies Canada, where he coordinates the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program and the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, and oversees scientific aspects of various other programs and research projects.


J'aurais bien voté pour la mésange bicolore qui reste chez moi à l'année longue...même si son chant n'est pas joli! De toute façon,la pauvrette, elle n'était pas dans la liste.

j'aurais voté pour le junco ardoisé qui arrive quand il va geler et disparait après les neiges et le dernier petit gel. Parce que cet oiseau me fait rigoler: tout gris, on dirait qu'on a trempé son ventre dans du lait. Plus il fait froid plus il est heureux...mais malheureusement, il ne chante pas !

Celui qui chante si bien ...mais qui n'était pas dans la liste: le moqueur-chat: il imite bien les « miaou » mais ses longues melodies varies me charmeront toujours...

Alors oui, J'ai voté pour le huard.

Les fameuses trois notes plaintives mélodieuses du huard...on ne s'en lasse jamais.

Et, bien que son nom soit associé à notre monnaie, et que notre dollars a pris une méchante débacle, j'ai quand même voté pour le huard!

Le son de cet oiseau aquatique , qui ne nage même pas sur mon lac (le Lac Champlain )est vraiment représentatif de nos magnifiques grands espaces.

J'aime bien entendre ses cris tremblotés...comme des vaguelettes sur un lac.

Mais les trois longues notes harmoniques du huard est un appel indescriptible, mais viscéral.

C'est l'appel du Canada.

C'est un appel au respect des peuples des premières nations, au respect de la nature, de nos eaux, de nos forêts, de l'air que l'on respire.

Son cri est aussi un rappel à l'ordre qui nous dit:
aimons notre pays dans sa magnifique diversité et tâchons de conserver et préserver sa beauté afin qu'il soit encore possible d'y vivre longtemps en harmonie.

L'harmonie du cri du huard.

Merci de m'avoir lue.
J'habite dans un sanctuaire d'oiseaux migrateurs...un peu laissé à l'abandon et peu considéré...
Je suis une jeune vielle imigrante...arrivée au Canada, pour passer 4 semaines en août 1968, je suis encore là et fêterais mes 70 ans le 26 août...

J'ai du recevoir l'appel du huard au fond de mon Coeur !


I grew up in the city. My family did not camp or rent a cottage in the summers, and coming from Quebec I also didn't grow up with a particularly strong sense of "Canadian identity.” I considered myself a Montrealer first & foremost. That all changed, however, when I went to university abroad through Queens University, Kingston and made many friends from Ontario. One of these friends has a family cottage up in Georgian Bay on a small private island. There for the first time I really felt was it was to be Canadian, and what it was to be immersed in the Canadian wilderness.

The island is solid rock covered in tall, very old trees. The ground is a soft, dry, rusty brown carpet of their needles, which creates a pervasive hush. One morning, I awoke just after dawn; the sky was grey and rain was falling steadily. It was the kind of rain that was made of big fat drops falling steadily — peaceful, unhurried but constant. Nobody else was up yet, and I luxuriated in my warm bed in the cold room. A thick breeze came in through the open window near my face, fragrant with the smell of the lake, the trees and the sodden ground outside. As I lay there, thunder rumbled in the distance — deep, but somehow peaceful. I closed my eyes, and then I heard it: the iconic call of the loon. It was one of the most beautiful sounds I'd ever heard.

Crystal clear, piercing through the complex canvas of other ambient sounds, that loon's call was both an intricate part of the landscape and the most solitary thing in it.

We carry the familiar image of a loon on coins, but how that etching pales in comparison to the ethereal, plaintive sound of their cry reverberating across the still water. The loon is an emblem of our collective heritage, but also of the land and peoples the way they were before Europeans came here.

For this reason I vote for the common loon, so uncommon in its beauty, to be Canada's national bird. It ties our past to our present, and embodies that very Canadian quality of subtle bravery. Even in a storm, one loon called out to another in the dark.


As a child and young adult in Australia I was fascinated by the haunting call of the common loon. This was the sound of the great Canadian wilderness. It, and images of the Great Canadian Rockies lured me to Canada for what was supposed to be a two year visit. That was in 1967 and I have lived in the Similkameen valley since 1970. I did not hear the loon's live call until the 1990's, I simply was not in the right place at the right time and my travel was restricted by various circumstances. Then freedom from those circumstances sent me on a quest to experience the call of the loon. I was surprised at 4:20 am, while in an outhouse at a summer cabin close by Whatshan Lake near the Arrow Lakes (Faquier) when this wondrous sound first sent tingles through my spine. I recognized the haunting call immediately and truly felt Canadian. Since then I have sought out lakes to camp by just so I can enjoy the loon's presence. Other calls of the wildlife excite and haunt but the loon epitomizes Canadian wilderness. May we be wise enough to leave them space forever.


I choose the loon as the national bird of Canada because it has always represented the part of my identity that I relate to home and to my native country. My grand-mother, who grew up in Lac St Jean, Québec, always loved them. Amongst her vast collection of old carved mallards and hand painted wood ducks were always found the few stoic loons that caught my attention a coat of white spotted black, bringing forth visions of floating figures gliding across an obsidian lake, melting in the glass-like reflection of the starry night sky.

I have had the privilege of living in and visiting many countries. My father, being a major in the Royal Canadian Air Force, gave my siblings and I the opportunity to expand our sense of the world and truly experience the vastness of Earth.
Whilst in England, in elementary school, I taught classmates the french word for loon: huard. During my time in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I was reminded of the particular name given to our unique dollar coin, the loonie. Many times have I had to enlightened the intrigued of the meaning behind the currency's curious title: a solitary loon, proud and still, as if at guard, clad in gold, protecting the face of a nation.

In my travels, trekking through the rugged wilderness of the eastern provinces, I have been reminded of the loon's lonesome, wolven wails coming from the direction of a lake, filling the silence of night with enchanting song.

I understand why my grandmother held such a humble, but important, respect for the loon and I hold that same respect, for the loon will always remind me of my home in Canada.


It was a tough call between my three finalists - The Snowy Owl, The Great Blue Heron and the Common Loon. In the end, however, I feel that nothing really captures the mood of our northern wilderness quite like the call of a loon; forlorn, distant and resonant. I have been fortunate to have a cottage in Quebec since I was 8 (which, alarmingly, means I have been returning to that cottage for 42 years now). Each year, even as things change around us, there has always been a family of loons on the lake - and they are as much a part of the fabric of the landscape as the surrounding White Pines, the lap of the lake and the quiet of the North. And. really - let's face it - Owls are kind of annoyingly aloof and, well - don't even get me started on Herons...

Additionally, the behavior of the Loon seems distinctly Canadian - they raise their young with quiet determination, they travel in loose-knit groups when fishing that allow for individual action while still maintaining a respect for the whole, and when they choose to cry out vocally it is with purpose and not just for the sake of hearing their own voices - which, as an expat living in the United States, is a distinction that seems particularly apt and uniquely Canadian.

Politically, Loons are known for their even-handedness - which is surely a reflection of their Canadian souls. And while the debate is still ongoing - it's generally accepted that 3 out of 4 Loons surveyed rejected Bill C-51 out of hand after fully reading the language it contains. But the point is - they read it! Herons, on the other hand, a straight party-line voters who most likely have vested interests in security companies... AND they are known to pee in their own nests.

In matters of foreign policy Loons send a clear and unwavering message - "We want to eat your fish". This clarity of mission is what allows them to travel freely to the United States during the winter months (much like other Canadians) and, while the surly Yankee residents of the Eastern seaboard may not be thrilled to have our Loons around during the winter months - they certainly could never say that they weren't warned about exactly why they are there or how long they are staying. Yes indeed, from the point of view of diligence, our Common Loons have their paperwork in order and are truly citizens of the world.

In the arts Loons have excelled more than any other waterfowl and have been celebrated across multiple mediums from oil paintings, to watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, and even gouache, which I believe is a French word and, thus inherently celebrates our multicultural heritage. Loons even grace our most famous coin - the "Loonie". Try spending a "Heronie" or "SpottedOwlie and see where it gets you - nowhere, that's where.

Of additional significance is the fact that the Loon has sharp, rearward-pointing projections on the roof of its mouth and tongue that help it keep a firm hold on slippery fish - just like all Canadians! - and this alone should put the Common Loon right at the tippy top of the list.

The Common Loon is a peaceful bird - but when called to duty they have always been ready to serve. It's a little-known and utterly inaccurate fact that Common Loons were the first into action at both Dieppe and the Somme. If this were even remotely true, how could we even consider honoring a relentless Peacenik like the Great Blue Heron or a "drawing room soldier" like the Snowy Owl? If Loons are willing to stand up for Queen and Country - shouldn't we be willing to stand up for Loons? I mean really - is this even a question at this point?

Finally - we must address the elephant in the room. We are all aware of the rumors that have circulated regarding certain payments made by the Common Loon that are alleged to be in violation of both the spirit and letter of the law. The Loon and its attorneys want to assure you that these accusations are utterly without merit. The Loon has categorically said this time and time again and would really like to move on from this tabloid talking point as it is taking time away from more important matters of state like, say, eating all the fish in your lake. The Loon will not be taking an questions after this statement and thanks you for your time.


Common Loon: The Graceful Fisherman of Canada

An essay written and typed by Ryan Gordon on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Freshly graceful, this beautiful waterbird has lived and thrived on Canada's lakes and rivers for many years. Every single generation has remembered this black and white avian friend for its amazing ability to catching small fish from underwater, making it an excellent swimming expert. Besides asking it for great advice for our Olympic swimming team, I would like to explain three good reasons for the Common Loon to be adopted as Canada's National Bird, each reason being a true representation which reflects Canada's national identity.

First, the Common Loon represents Grace, a important trait that Canadians share as a united nation. To be graceful means to be have refined goals for professional and personal success in every single task we do, to be simple in our passion to charm and help out people in desperate situations and to be elegant in our movement for positive change in a ever-changing world now embracing a darker, more dramatic identity. The Common Loon is simply a beautiful bird with charming sounds and refined swimming abilities.

Second, the Common Loon represents Sensitivity, the all-connecting feeling that reminds us Canadians of our self-awareness of people's attitudes, feelings and circumstances, despite the negative changes we have experienced in our current environment and our busy lives. The Common Loon is concern for its mating partner and young chicks, due to two important facts: their inability to walk on land and their open vulnerability to deadly predators such as ospreys, eagles, foxes and sea otters; it prefers settling in clear freshwater lakes with coves and islands, offering protection and safety from danger. Because we are sensitive to difficult changes, we address our concerns for them by seeking better solutions, protecting each other by providing sage advice and making wise decisions that teach people important lessons in solving conflicts.

Third and last, The Common Loon represents Peace, the cornerstone which builds our foundation of a stronger, safer and a free Canada; the Common Loon enjoys a quiet peaceful environment with no disturbances and no visible dangers such as water pollution, various predators and human activity. It wants to be free to swim gracefully, hunting underwater for fresh pike and to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature; Canadians want to establish friendships with people from all walks of life, to learn different cultures and traditions from one another and to share our concerns about important things affecting us and everyone else, in order to take action, stand together and be vigilant of our surroundings.

If there's anything we share with the Common Loon, we are simply well-communicative, observant, self-conscious, adaptable and powerfully defensive of our territorial realm. In our respective environments, we are swift, agile, talented and extraordinary brilliant with great comfort and sheer determination; The Common Loon displaying its awesome swimming abilities in clear freshwater lakes and Canada showcasing our active participation in winter activities such as hockey, speed skating, snowboarding and bobsledding. We will grow, thrive and stay in one place, even if it changes into something completely different to us.

So the next time you buy something from the supermarket and you pulled out a Canadian dollar from your wallet, then you walked across the street from the neighborhood to the quiet forests of Canada with your dollar in your hands, finally turning your attention to the Common Loon delivering its eerie call as it swim gracefully in a large freshwater lake, just remember one important advice: You're just as unique as the Common Loon, so make a chance to stay proud of being Canadian and be open about your peace of mind.

Now this concludes my reasons for the Common Loon being Canada's National Bird. Thank you for reading, dear listener!


When I was twelve years old, I found a Peterson's bird guide. There was something so beautiful and mystical about the way the Common Loon was drawn. I became obsessed. I found videos, sound clips, drawings, and photographs of the seabird and vowed to one-day study it. As a result, I researched universities in Canada. The two were synonymous. Loons are so symbolic of the primeval aura around Northern Wilderness, besides being perfectly common all over. In order to devote my life to the bird, I would almost have to go North.
I'm sixteen now, going on seventeen, and my ornithological dreams have stayed nearly the same.
I truly believe that the Common Loon represents Canada, and I would be honored to one day call it my national bird!


Cariboo Conversations.
Crusted evening, slices of chilled wind on Lac des Roches, waves and wolves chorus our family sheltered and happy with cards, crib, and a wee dram to pass the night. Cabin talk. Children rolling around the floor in sleep exhaustion from a day of fort building and fishing. I walk to the outhouse but the blaring stars outshine the meager flash light. Spotlights like we are on an endless stage. Silence for a moment then the sudden tremolo crescendo to some sort of rhythm I sense to be mine. Deep but shrill in cutting cold. Comforting. From inside the cabin my mother answers the loon as she always did. Cariboo conversations.


As a writer, self-published author, and proud Canadian, I truly believe that the "common loon" is a great choice for our national bird, because its pure and distinct beauty is unique only in this part of the world. The majority of the time that I spend out at my family's camp every year provides a constant reminder of this exceptional animal. Its captivating calls echo throughout the area, at a moment's notice, and are never missed. This bird will duck its head under the water without fail, perhaps just looking for food, or even its offspring. This animal proudly appears on our national coin, appropriately called the "loonie", so its place in our country's history has virtually and already been determined by the masses; especially the many citizens that are tremendously fond of the outdoors, yours truly included. Nowhere else on Earth will you come across such an elegant and pristine animal as part of nature, and its scenic, picturesque surroundings; no matter what time or season of the year that it happens to be. My vote is a ringing endorsement for this exceptional piece of our national natural landscape!


The serenity of nature
As the sun sets over the calm waters of a Canadian lake, the familiar, peaceful call of the loon surrounds us with a deep sense of well-being. It is a call that is known to every Canadian and is more a distinct symbol of our country than maple syrup, the log cabin or, dare I say it, the beaver. The loon resides in every province and territory and shares it’s lakes with boaters, fishers, canoeists, kayakers and swimmers. Loons are very caring parents; taking turns protecting and feeding their young, even carrying them on their backs the first few days when the water is too cold for the chicks. The chicks are born in early summer and are very vulnerable for the first weeks, unable to dive and potential prey to many predators. While the breeding pairs are territorial, they are also social, inviting other loons to come for short visits. Yes, it’s true that they winter in the south, but they save their distinctive black and white plumage for Canada, turning a dull grey when they leave for the winter. How Canadian to show their colours with pride at home, but be so humble when abroad. They return early in the spring to claim portions of the lake, find suitable nesting sites and start their family in an annual tradition. Whether you are a camper, cottager, hiker or just passing by, hearing the call of the loon confirms that you in a natural, beautiful part of our home called Canada. There is no better choice for a national bird than the loon (officially the Common Loon). Designating the loon as our national bird would be a fitting tribute for the serenity and national identity that the loon provides to us.


Logically: because unlike our other national symbol, the maple leaf, loons live in all provinces and territories in Canada.

Emotionally: because the haunting cry of the Loon floats out of the cool morning mist rising off the still lake. A Canadian icon.

Practically: It is already on our one dollar coin so we don't have to spend more money to promote it.


We as Canadians seem bent on duplicating so many other nations' choice of declaring an avian species to reflect our national identity. While I have my personal reservations to 'jumping on the bandwagon', and would argue that there are far more than one national identity across Canada, I think that if we are to a symbol, the Common Loon is the perfect candidate.

The Common Loon is found all across Canada's Provinces and Territories which reflects its ability to 'connect' the people of Canada and avoid controversy mired in regionalism. It is a humble symbol, and avoids the trumped-up pride that comes with choosing a raptor, such as the Bald Eagle. This typically un-American approach tends to define much of English Canada's national identity, and so is perhaps another valid argument in choosing this particular species as our national symbol. The Common Loon is also distinctly associated with the wilderness of Canada. Although it may be found in any and all bodies of water, from the lakes of our cities to the slow rivers of our flatlands, the Common Loon is most often associated with the great expanse of paddling country that makes up most of our territory, and is equally tied to the history of our country. It is almost synonymous with the peace and tranquility offered by our great landscapes. Who hasn't looked at an image of a misty lake in Northern Ontario and not imagined the cry of a Loon? Their very sound is so closely associated with the imagery of this country that it would be a disservice to ignore the link many of us feel with this creature.

The animal in question has transcended the bounds of nature and become intertwined with the fabric of our very economy. As I am sure we all know, the Common Loon has had a De Facto status amongst Canadians as a symbol of this country's economic power since the introduction of our handsome little dollar coin in 1987.

Finally, I must address the name of the animal in question. It is quintessential Canadiana that we adopt the Common Loon as out national symbol. Like the animal, we live in this region when we have the capability to fly south. Nonetheless, we stay, and as common loons we continue to call this land home.

Let us make the correct decision, let us choose the Common Loon.


I am 6 years old. I think it should be the loon because it is the sound of Canada and the sound of camping. I heard it at Keji National Park.


The Loon
Such a graceful bird
In all it's beauty, adorned with
It's black and white plumage.
As it glides over the water,
Head held high
A sad lonely call is heard
From the loon
Breaking the silence
On the misty lake
As I look on
The loon flaps it's wings
And flies away
Like the free spirit it is
I'm so grateful to be able
To glimpse if only

For a short time all the beauty
That nature has to offer us.
Always wanting to hear
The call of the loon.

That first call of the loon in early spring tells me that the warm weather is just ahead. I anxiously await my first camping trip in the woods . To all asleep to the sound of the loon and awaken to it.


I am a retired soldier of 25 years service. When I was away serving this country my thoughts would sometimes reflect home: camping with my family, the beauty of the wetlands, the call of a lone loon. Even now, the call of a loon to me echoes of a service person calling for home to seek peace and companionship.

(Sorry, the thoughts are there but the words will not come)
Peter Guy


While the loon may be common, the magnitude of its majesty is anything but. Consider this classic Canadian scenario: you wake up just as the faintest hints of sunlight pepper the Muskoka sky. For a brief moment you are confused by the quiet all around you that's right, this weekend you have gone out to the cottage to escape the corporate sterility of the metropolis to instead bathe in the serene, yet rugged, Canadian wilderness. You fill a mug with coffee, throw on a warm fleece jacket, and walk towards the lake through the morning fog, twigs crackling underfoot. A sliver of sun lands oh-so-conveniently on the adirondack chair on your deck, almost inviting you to sit and share the peace of the morning, and who are you to refuse? Yielding to your Canadian instincts, you sit and sip and appreciate the glory of nature, the power of solitude. But are you really alone? Closing your eyes as the warm sun shines on your face, you let the soothing silence envelope you until —


What in the hell was that? Oh right, the haunting call of the common loon. Typical Canada.


I vote for the loon because it's already on our currency, it's memorable and it's sort of cute.

Also, I didn't get to illustrate it for the article in the magazine (I illustrated the 4 birds in the Jan/Feb issue of Canadian Geographic), and I feel sorry for it!


the common loon is very Canadian: intelligent (Sir John A), beautiful (Cdn landscape), elegant in flight and on land (Chris Hadfield), has a wide vocal range (Celine) and large vocabulary (Conrad Black), has a hearty laugh and a mournful cry (KD Lang), loves solitude when appropriate (a mountain lake), raucous when need be (Margaret Atwood), raises wonderful chicks (family-oriented), monogamous (like me :) ), smart enough to go south in winter but always returns (Leonard Cohen).


We used to tease my father by calling him St. Francis (of Assisi), so passionate was he about feeding and providing fresh drinking water for the backyard birds. He was also the outdoors man who explored the shorelines with us, took our little hands into his and wandered the trails, patiently explaining Nature's curiosities. I was about to vote for another species when I clicked on the Common Loon on behalf of my Dad, now long gone, for whom my choice was iconic. I'm 100 per cent happy with my choice, because it breeds in every province and territory in our vast and magnificent nation. I think that's an important consideration for our "national" bird.


There are so many birds that I associate with Canada, but I feel that the Common loon tops the list for some very important reasons. In examining the loon's behaviour and how we perceive this great bird, I'd like to offer some parallels to Canadian national identity that make the Common loon the right choice for our national bird — none of which have anything to do with our coinage.

While the vast majority of Canadians reside in urban centres, Canada is largely a vast and remote nation. For so many urbanites who associate Canada's wilderness makeup with the species they encounter on brief sojourns from city life, the loon certainly makes the list. Their range covers most of our country - even into the far North - making this bird a logical geographic choice as well.

Behaviourally, I believe the loon closely mirrors "us" as Canadians. Intensely loyal, this bird "mates for life". While we humans may not be as fortuitous, I like to think we represent this strength of character with our families, friends and neighbours - being there for each other until the end. Finally, who can speak about the Common loon without mentioning the familiar and haunting call - and perhaps it is this characteristic which I believe represents us as Canadians best. Quiet, unobtrusive, the Loon exists in their habitat in an understated way - but their distinctive, unmistakable call can be heard for some distance when threatened, defending their territories or communicating with their family units. How much more Canadian can you get!? We tend to be the nation that other countries respect and admire - but largely remains quiet, reserved and remote until provoked or called on to vocalize ourselves for the world to hear. Isn't that the Common loon to a "T"?


I vote for the common loon because I think it is a pervasive symbol of our lakes across the country. Canada is unique in the world for our freshwater resources. The existence of this plethora of lakes and rivers throughout most of the country not only defines the Canadian lifestyle but was an integral part of the lives of our aboriginal peoples as well as our development as a nation. The loon symbolizes the health of these ecosystems, a bellwether in our midst for what is inarguably our most important resource. The loon is a visually distinctive bird, elegant and striking. Watching a beautifully marked family of loons fishing is a mesmerizing dock activity. More importantly, its many haunting calls are buried in our consciousness. It is one of the first signs of ever-so-welcome springtime, omnipresent on starlit nights by the campfire, and late fall ennui is precipitated by the silence that follows their departure for the south - the coming months of hardship are defined by their absence. Calls so unique they are cause for endless practice so one can imitate their variations and join in on the midnight "party lines" across several lakes, or perhaps sidle up closer in a canoe to check on the young ones. Now it's true that not every single Canadian has experienced the wild glee heard in a midnight cacophony of loon communiques, but then, they could therefore be living anywhere. For someone to be able to say they have had a true Canadian experience, they have to hear the loons at night, otherwise they've never left the city. The daytime chatter and gabber is one thing, but the night 'yodels' are uniquely pitched to transmit across vast distances in our wilderness. Here in Canada we have 'vast distances to our wilderness'.

The Canada goose, while ubiquitous, is too much so. On our roads, in our parks, in our cities, fouling every waterway/surface they happen to cross. Considered by many to be "feathered rats," a step up from fast-food parking lot gulls, their honking is a somewhat sickly sound, and they have the bad habit of showing their ungainly land habits in public. Put them on a stamp and all, but as a national bird they lack the dignity to be our emissaries.

The heron is a beautiful bird, but who ever sees one? Not exactly a part of the national consciousness. There are several admirable raptors on the list, but to symbolize Canada? I can hear it - "C'mon, he's a really good mouser, and that one can pluck a rabbit out of the field." Are they identified with Canada? Now, the snowy owl is undoubtably beautiful, and pretty unique too, but I don't think it is much of a politician. It doesn't really do much to sell itself, other than be big and white against a snowy back.

A great many pretty songbirds, but again, I don't think they say that much about the country as a whole. You can spot a blue jay, and you can cheer for them too if you wish, but I don't think we need to be defined by the bird that defines the game - a bit too much marketing crossover. Chickadees are adorable. 'Nuff said.

My vote for the bird that epitomizes the Canadian landscape and our human experience within it is the common loon. If designated a national bird, perhaps there would be more pressure to protect its natural habitat? Water is, after all, the source of all life.


When I think about what makes an ideal candidate for Canada’s national bird, four criteria come to mind. First, it should be instantly recognized as a Canadian bird, with most of its world-wide distribution in Canada. Second, it should resonate with people nationally, not just in certain regions of the country. Third, the bird needs to have the “it” factor, capturing our imagination through its appearance, calls, and behaviour. And finally the bird should be embedded in our culture in some way.

Several birds stack up well against most of these criteria - birds such as the Canada goose, gray jay, common raven, snowy owl, white-throated sparrow and whooping crane all have their merits.

Perhaps the most obvious choice though is the common loon. Its breeding range looks almost like a map of Canada, leaving out only the high arctic. Its mystical calls and association with our country’s lakes have inspired a very large following among cottagers, canoe trippers and anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The number of “loon lakes” in Canada must be quite large, though possibly surpassed by the number of organizations that use the loon as their logo. The loon has been a part of native culture as well - “The Loon’s Necklace” is a Canadian film that describes the legend of how the loon got its white necklace, from a blind medicine man. There is even a Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, run by Bird Studies Canada with data from volunteers, to examine the health of Canada’s lakes. And then of course there is the “loonie”; what more fitting way to recognize our National Bird than on our currency?

In short, it’s hard to imagine a bird that has more general appeal and recognition in Canada than the common loon.


The common loon may be as common to Canadians as the snowy winter, but its paramount uniqueness in the geographic realms of Canada, west or east, make it a perfect candidate for the nation's bird. Whether the bird's mystical haunting calls that penetrate our soul in the wild and cottage country or the loon's distinctive, striking silhouette on our waterways, it has a legacy in this place.

One way or another, Canada's waterways and remote lands are connected with the loon. Like our expansive geography and our diverse people's history, the loon is known everywhere and symbolizes our special character.

Witnessing the loon's mystical shape as it dives deep in cold, clear water or watching its long, noisy takeoff, defeating gravity, or it's graceful flight around and around a lake, this waterfowl reminds Canadians of grace, effort and imagination.

The common loon isn't so much common as it is uniquely representative of our character. The loon is part of our historic culture, our national mythologies and our environmental duty. The common loon is in our national consciousness.

- Al Smith, Kelowna, B.C.

The cry of the loon on Any body of water symbolizes Canada. Every corner of Canada is familiar with the common loon. What is more haunting than the cry of a loon?

Iconic sound heard across all lakes in Canada.
Wonderful Aboriginal story to go with why the loon has white spots.

It is the essence of Canada - it is ancient and gracious and wise and peaceful. And it is beautiful and its call speaks to all of us.

The first think came to my mind because of the loonies...

I like loons

Its beautiful markings and haunting call conjures up images of the the great Canadian wilderness but also makes this bird easily recognized. The loon's Native Canadian symbolism of harmony, peace, generosity are also strong Canadian values.

Its beautiful markings and haunting call conjures up images of the the great Canadian wilderness but also makes this bird easily recognized. The loon's Native Canadian symbolism of harmony, peace, generosity are also strong Canadian values.

I'd be 'loonie' not to vote for it. LOL

The call of the loon is the sound of the north. Hearing their call makes reminds me of nights at the cabin or fishing trips. They're beautiful birds, graceful and powerful in the water. They work in teams to hunt fish in many of the pristine lakes Canada has to offer.

I'd not seen the loon flying high overhead before until last weekend at Bird Lake in Nopoming Park. Had seen them many times all my life but only flying low above the water. There were groups flying overhead all weekend. What a surprising thing to see. Also was close by when a large loon came up out of the water under a group of Merganzers to scare them to come onto the shore. So large in contrast. The loons certainly marked my experience of that weekend.

When you listen to the loon, this is the sound of Canada.

When you listen to the loon, this is the sound of Canada.

I have wonderful memories of the loons and their calls while I was with a small group canoeing the Bowron Lake Chain in BC in 1990. Then when my husband & I lived aboard our boat in a marina on Quadra Is. BC.between 2007 to 2013 we saw ten regularly in our watery neighbourhood. They are, without a doubt, my husband 7 my first choice as Canada's national bird.

Diane Yusko-Filelding

I like the loon.

We enjoy the loons at our cottage lake up the Gatineau. I love the haunting sounds of their cry.

wouldn't be summer without the call of the loon on lakes across the country!

Echoes down the lake
and later, close alongside
six loons conversing

The loon is always what I imagined as a Canadian bird. The sound of a loon is so peaceful.

An iconic Canadian scene: a quiet lake surrounded by pristine forest. A solitary loon makes it's beautiful call then dives into the water. Canada's bird.

A natural choice.

The loon's haunting night cry echoes around lakes big and small. The First Nations legend of the bird's distinctive black and white colouring is told and illustrated in the beautiful "Loon's Necklace" by the National Film Board.

The Loon is a marvellous choice for our national bird because it has a unique and unforgettable song, and appearance. It is present on our oceans, and on our lakes and familiar to most people who get outdoors near the water.

The Loon is a marvellous choice for our national bird because it has a unique and unforgettable song, and appearance. It is present on our oceans, and on our lakes and familiar to most people who get outdoors near the water.

My family is a camping family. Every summer we pack up and go up north to spend two weeks in Algonquin Provincial Park. Nothing says "Canadian Summer" more than hearing the song of the loon echoing off the lakes and through the trees.

love their call, and elusiveness.

The Loon is an iconic canadian bird, it has been on the one dollar coin (even nicknamed the LOONie) since 1987 and is almost worldwide known. "In some Northwest Coast tribes, loons are symbols of harmony, generosity, and peace. In some Algonquian tribes of the northeast, loons are regarded as divine messengers." (
Canadians are stereotyped as generous and kind (peacefu), and stereotypes start with some truth. I am a proud Canadian and I would be just as proud to say our national bird is the loon!

Canada is a country of lakes and the loon is a bird of lakes. It is beautiful and easily recognizable in its appearance as well as its call. It is quite a unique waterfowl. And it is on our dollar coin.

The common loon is so emblematic of our natural areas, that are so typical of much of Canada, it should be recognized as our national bird.

So many beautiful options! However the common loon holds a special significance to most Canadians. It is easily recognizable and stunningly beautiful. Perhaps more iconic is the sound of the loon, its northern lament, such a gentle call and haunting voice.

Go loon go!

For our 50th wedding anniversary we went to a little cottage on Twelve Mile Lake near Minden Ontario and while swimming just 20 - 30 feet off the dock a loon came up from under the water within about 10 feet of me and we swam together for a while.............the bird was not one bit frightened of me and it was an amazing experience..........they are beautiful birds and well deserve to be our National bird.

I like the loon

There is something about the distinct call of the Loon is uniquely Canadian.

With the Loon already enshrined upon the Dollar Coin "Loonie", it might seem like the obvious choice, certainly as far as familiarity is concerned.... but amongst the Birds that populate this great Nation, nothing, in my opinion, captures the spirit like the Loon. Its haunting, doleful, almost reticent call cries out for companionship and its need to be social. In the quiet darkness of Cork Lake, I listened for almost 2 hours as a loon cried out in the night. After nearly 90 mins, a second loon came into the isolated lake and the dialogue began in earnest. I remember thinking.... There's nothing more Canadian than this! The end of August, being up in Algonquin Park lying on a rock at the end of Cork Lake with nothing but stars above, glassy water in front of me, and the hauntingly beautiful call of a Loon. Its echo across the Lake brought memories of my travels across Canada in a blinding flash. There's nothing like the Loon and there's nothing like Canada!

I love the loon. To hear its call across the lake. There is nothing like it. It is beautiful.

The Loon is on our Dollar. Nobody asked me if it could or should be but there it is. Therefore, we need to live up to the Loonie that was forced upon us. More like the regret of most people who get a tattoo.

Given a choice, I would vote for the common Seagull as it seems the most universally available contributor to my vehicles.


The loon, like the group of seven is emblematic of the Canadian wilderness,its plaintive cry defines the sense of solitary one can feel in the vast expanse of our wonderful country.

The common loon's voice can be heard all across the country. It is beautiful and haunting.

The sight and sound of the loon is a typical and familiar Canadian and northern experience. Also, its range is all across Canada.

In a Kayak on Lake Ouimet near Mont Tremblant my daughter and I heard the call of the loon.

Drawn to the sound of this elusive Canadian icon we paddled toward the haunting call and soon spotted a pair of loons surfacing near our boats.

We spent a peaceful and exciting half an hour sharing the lake with the pair as they swam with us and under our boats calling to us and laughing.

It was an unforgettable and special experience for father and daughter that no other bird could have provided.

The lovely call of the loon on a lake at dusk has always been something I have loved. To me they are a part of Canada's outdoors.

I have worked across Canada as a geologist. Every little lake seems to have a loon. They sound and act mysterious but they are friendly and curious. They will always swim to us and visit our camp. They are fearless. One time we landed our helicopter near the nest and the male was ready to fight our noisy machine, sticking out his neck and flapping his wings.

Aside from the fact that the loon is found on our currency, the call of the loon makes me think of the beauty of Canada and it wildlife.

Well, it was picked for our currency, much like the goose for the centennial dollar. Bur currency wise it is better known now.

It also has a unique haunting call that I grew up imitating.

What could be more Canadian than the hauntingly beautiful call of the Common Loon? It IS Canada!

The Loon is on our Dollar. Nobody asked me if it could or should be but there it is. Therefore, we need to live up to the Loonie that was forced upon us. More like the regret of most people who get a tattoo.

Given a choice, I would vote for the common Seagull as it seems the most universally available contributor to my vehicles.


What could be more Canadian than the hauntingly beautiful call of the Common Loon? It IS Canada!

For the past 12 years I have been privileged to fall asleep and wake up to the haunting call of the loons on our bay. I listen and wait for the answer from somewhere across the bay or the lake behind the house, wondering what the call means. Is a loon lost, in distress or simply calling out for companionship. I sit on the dock at dusk taking hundreds of photos, only to have one or two that can be printed to be shared with my friends in a birthday or thank you card. I watch as the parents introduce the young to a loon's daily ritual of diving for food, preening their magnificent feathers, or learning to fly as they lumber down the runway of lake water for a graceful takeoff. I stop to listen to the loon's call, soothing yet so mysterious. And then late fall arrives and the rafting ritual begins - winter is almost upon us. I have been mesmerized by the flight of 20 - 30 loons as they take off from a partially frozen bay to head to warmer climates. During the winter months I am comforted by music interspersed with the call of the loon, a gentle reminder that these beautiful silhouettes of black and white will once again grace the waters of our bay. Life is good, the loons are back, the cycle of nature continues.

Quintessential representative of Canadian wilderness and natural areas - both in terms of its call and its image. Ubiquitous across Canada.

I VOTE FOR THE MAJESTIC LOON. our family always vacationed here somewhere around muskoka lakes area, my brother has a cottage here on a lovely smaller lake Rosseau way and now living here yr round I look forward to the call of the loon either over at the cottage or around my area.... They seem to be in decline on the bigger lakes as they are becoming so busy with boat traffic it is my fervent hope they are her efor my grandchildren.... susan

The sound of the loon is what I look for every summer when I head out to the cottage. I think the loon call is a truly Canadian sound and the loon should be our national bird

The sound of the loon is what I look for every summer when I head out to the cottage. I think the loon call is a truly Canadian sound and the loon should be our national bird

One of the things that I love the most about our family cottage in the Haliburton Highlands is the haunting yet beautiful call of the Loon. Whenever I hear it, and happily it is often, it is magical and joyous. I also feel a deep connection to Canada that is beyond a simple pride of nation. It somehow seems fitting to official connect these the two!
Go Loon!
Karen McQuade

I have enjoyed seeing and listening to the Common Loon since I first went to my family's cottage in the early forties.

Their calls at night have a special note and characteristic - eerie but beautiful. Their distress calls, when danger approaches, have an almost frightening tone that surely must be most important to other loons in the same area.

Seeing a loon pop up onto the surface of the lake is quite beautiful. They seem to be able distance themselves from even the most aggressive boat driver and other dangers.

The length of time that they can stay under water is amazing and probably longer than any other water fowl.

The Common Loon is by far my favourite bird with its many special characteristics and habits - second to no other bird.

Bill Irwin

"Keep being a voice crying in the wilderness"

In addition to being a bird that occupies every corner of the country and a startling ly beautiful bird in flight and in the water with a haunting call, it is also one of the longest surviving special of birds - its been with us for a very, very long time.

We have a cabin on kootenay lake in BC and have watched the loon population decline and hope over the coming years their population increases. we love their beautiful sound it is so unique! Would be proud to have this our national bird!

I can't think of anything more Canadian than the Loon.

During the month of August, I took my family through the Rocky Mountains and into the interior of BC. We stayed at Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park for a night, and I'll never forget the haunting call of the Loons at dusk. One would utter a warbling call across the dark water, and another, on the far side, would answer with its own ghostly music. My children were afraid, but I assured them it was a beautiful animal that would never harm them. Loons may seem like ordinary birds, but when you hear their calling in the middle of the night, you will realize your mistake.

Nothing is so Canadian as the sound of the loon. The Canada goose makes a pest of himself. The snowy owl is rarely seen. Here's to the Loonie.

The loon is pictured on our currency - that says it all!

Nothing like the sound of a loon while sitting in a canoe on a Canadian lake in the early morning.

Once you have heard the loon's call from across a wilderness lake, you will never forget it. Simply close your eyes and you will hear it again - clearly.

As a Canadian born and raised man, the sound of the Common Loon was the most peaceful sound I've ever known while growing up. No matter what was going on in my life at the time, instance Peace was triggered when I heard loons. Not unlike a shot of dopamine. My memories circle mostly around the Ottawa river in Sealy's Bay, where the loons would be heard daily. Nobody would speak yet we were all unified, listening and enjoying their sounds.

I think the common loon represents Canadian culture. I believe many of us can identify the call of a loon when outdoors navigating our waterways. The loon can be found on our Canadian currency. Canadians have labelled our dollar coin the loonie. This would probably seem odd to someone visiting our country but but not to a Canadian resident;it just fits. Voting for the common loon as Canada national bird makes perfect sense.

(: The loon! Le huard! :)

We have had a couple on Ten Mile lake that we have watched raise their babies, they are so cool to watch love them

The Loon is the iconic voice of Canada's wilderness. It's yodelling call immediately invokes the vast hinterland of Canada outside the cities. The Common Loon mates for life. They return to their lake to nest as soon as enough ice has melted. They are devoted parents, teaching their young to fish and staying with them until they have grown to young adults, and able to migrate south on their own.

The sound of our true and vibrant north. In the early dawn as mist rises from the waters, the solitary sound of the loon. This brings to me, everything that is great about this vast and beautiful, yet challenging land of ours.


We have enjoyed Ontario's beautiful lakes, rivers and interior campsites for many years and the sight and sound of the loon is an integral part of the experience.

We have enjoyed Ontario's beautiful lakes, rivers and interior campsites for many years and the sight and sound of the loon is an integral part of the experience.

The Common Loon is a magical bird. There is nothing that reflects our northerness better than its song, its playfulness - scooting round our lakes - and toughness to survive well in the harsh climate. I once was at our cottage playing Glenn Gould's interpretation of Bach's Goldberg Variations and intermittently hearing the loons' calls. It was magical. I cannot think of another bird that could come even close to this.

It's dusk. The lake is calm. I hear the call. I'm so happy to be home.

The sound of the loon is very soothing at the end of the day.

I have been lucky enough to travel from the west coast to the east...BC to Newfoundland, and to the north. There is nothing like hearing the cry of the loon to instantly connect you to home. It is one of those "chains" that binds Canada together. In my opinion, the Common Loon is the most suitable answer to the question "What is Canada's national bird?"

What is more haunting than the sound of a loon on an Ontario lake on a beautiful summer afternoon. What is more endearing than the sight of a baby loon nestled on its mother's back. What is more striking than the spreading wings of this magnificent black and white creature as it prepares to take flight. What harkens to our summer memories more than the reverberating cry of the loon as it calls to its mate across shimmering lake.
What speaks of Canadian summer more than the loon. No other creature for me!

a loon call over a lake at twilight - a sound as Canadian as possible under the circumstances

I was a child the first time I heard the haunting cry of a loon. I remember still, the goose bumps that shivered their way up my bare legs and down both my arms. I did not want to go inside. I wanted; no I needed to stay and listen, again, for that unforgettable call.
Through the years, I have been lucky to hear the tremolo, and a few times, I have been blessed with seeing the loons swimming.
Over fifty years later, when I'm near water, I still wait with great anticipation, hoping to hear one more time, the call of the loon.

I love the loons on Cole lake, they sound so wonderful. I love the way they stick together as a family looking after their young. They are part of the Canadian fabric and deserve to be our National Bird.

The soundtrack to lazy evenings in cottage country. The definition of at peace and harmony with nature. We're a giant country that's largely untamed. How many thousands of lakes does this one bird's call echo across any summer evening? It's simply the definition of the Canadian wilderness.

I think the Loon represents Canada well. As Canadians many of us love the outdoors and spending time in nature. There is no more hauntingly beautiful sound than the call of a Loon or watching one dive under the water on a calm, clear lake. Whether you are canoeing in the back country of Algonquin park or sitting on a cottage deck hearing the call of a Loon unites us.

The loon call is unique and seems distinctly Canadian.

There is no sound on a summer evening that is equally haunting and beautiful then that of the loon. The call of that bird evokes crystal clear lakes, towering pine trees and campfire glow. Whether you hear it as a recording on the beginning of The Tragically Hip's song Wheat Kings, or echoing off an pristine Algonquin lake, that distinct call will always be synonymous with Canadian summers.

The ancient call of the loon over a misty lake early morn anywhere in Canada evokes timeless tales of this beautiful country. Our first peoples were welcomed by this elder spirit, as were the waves of settlers who came to make Canada "our home". The haunting loon voices a spiritual connection to this bountiful and generous. In jest we named our dollar coin the"loonie", but it's no small change for us. We love our loonie, and the image depicted on it. It's already a part of our heritage.

Love the loon. Need to emphasize protecting their habitat.

The ancient call of the loon over a misty lake early morn anywhere in Canada evokes timeless tales of this beautiful country. Our first peoples were welcomed by this elder spirit, as were the waves of settlers who came to make Canada "our home". The haunting loon voices a spiritual connection to this bountiful and generous. In jest we named our dollar coin the"loonie", but it's no small change for us. We love our loonie, and the image depicted on it. It's already a part of our heritage.

A hauntingly beautiful bird found across Canada.

The haunting call in the middle of a still summers eve is something no one will ever forget.

Why not its on the loonie

There is nothing more beautiful than the call of the loon. Canadians from coast to coast can relate to the sound. It's unifying in its loneliness.

It is, simply, the most beautiful bird in the country. Nothing comes close to equaling the mesmeric, haunting call of a loon. It symbolizes so much of what is good in our country: fresh water lakes, forested lands, and quiet, unbroken spaces where wildlife can flourish.

This bird can be found in every province and belonging to water which is a great part of our country.They have a lovely call that can be heard at a very long distance.

I just remember to cry of the loon on a warm Ontario lake around sunset. typically a Canadian memory

I'm a subscriber already.

I'm originally from Northern Ontario and nothing signifies Canada more to me than hearing a loon on a misty river in the morning.

i was torn between the magnificent Snowy Owl and the Common Loon i have selected the Common Loon because it represents all Canadians It is beautiful,industrious,loyal,smart and carries itself with dignity it calls to every person and leaves an indelible mark on each soul. Every individual who hears the cry of the Common Loon is never the same.
The markings of the loon are as distinctive as its cry. The image of the mother loon carrying its tiny chicks on its back is an image of the greatest of parenting.
Who knew the Common Loon was not our national bird;in my mini survey of 2518 /25thought it was the Common Loon and the others thought it was the Canada Goose except one who thought it was the Ootpik

i was torn between the magnificent Snowy Owl and the Common Loon i have selected the Common Loon because it represents all Canadians It is beautiful,industrious,loyal,smart and carries itself with dignity it calls to every person and leaves an indelible mark on each soul. Every individual who hears the cry of the Common Loon is never the same.
The markings of the loon are as distinctive as its cry. The image of the mother loon carrying its tiny chicks on its back is an image of the greatest of parenting.
Who knew the Common Loon was not our national bird;in my mini survey of 2518 /25thought it was the Common Loon and the others thought it was the Canada Goose except one who thought it was the Ootpik

As long as it isn't the Canada Goose. We need open season on them.

I will never forget the first time I was in the wilderness at night and heard the haunting call of a loon. Even now in adulthood, I don't feel like I'm in the Canadian wilderness unless I hear a loon at night.

I had never encountered the loon until I emigrated to Canada. I think it's beautiful and I just love it's song.

The Loon lives in our waterways, and I think our early explorers were as familiar with this bird as we now are, through our currency. The bird is uniquely Canadian, as 95% of the world's loons are here. They are absolutely beautiful, and their haunting call is renowned. They are a perfect symbol for our national bird.

When I was a child, my family spent a lot of time out at my grandparents cottage on Lake Shebandowan, just west of Thunder Bay Ontario. There were many loons on the lake especially in the morning. Listening to their shrill call in the mornings is a sound I will never forget. It is the sound of a Canadian morning.

In my younger days portaging between lakes in Northern BC, hearing the call of the loon was a kiss from Canada, music to the ear.

What Canadian has not sat near a lake and not heard the call?

The Loon has such an impact on many Canadians lives in terms of the feelings and memories that the Loon and it's call evoke in all who are familiar. As do many Canadians, we enjoy the the most incredibly wilderness this planet has to offer. For many, the loons are our companions while we are on the water, they chase schools of fish beneath our boats, they let us know we are not alone under a star filled night. It's a part of what visitors to this country imagine Canada and the Canadian life style to be.
Although many different birds mean so much to all of us, I don't think any other Bird means as much to the majority of Canadians as the Common Loon.

A memory from my childhood at summer camp

the Common Loon and it's call bring back amazing memories of wonderful summers at the lake. it is a great representation of Canada!

I hear the word and my brain translates it to the sound of my Canada.

Recognizable sound coast to coast :)

There is no more thrilling sound than to hear a loon out on a lake at night.

Since the loon is already adorning our $1 coin, it makes sense to have it be our national bird.

There is not a sound in Canada that evokes a stronger sense of the pristine beauty and serenity of our wildland, than the sound of the common Loon.

Whether listening to their evening calls on an otherwise silent evening, or waking up to this incredibly relaxing sound emanating from the fog covered remote lake, the sound of the loon amplifies the intense beauty of our country.

Its a song of the heart

The most peaceful sound in this country is the call of the loon.

love da loon

There is no sound to me that is so quintessentially Canadian than the call of a loon on a lake whether it be in Cottage Country or in a remote area of the country. Loons can be found from coast to coast and are truly a symbol of the beauty of our wilderness.

Love what you have done

The loon is a true wonder, its call surely speaking to the soul of all Canadians.

It's in our loonies, why else!

To hear the sound of a loon is to feel Canadian;. That primal sound reminds us of our close connection with Nature, and the millions of square miles of it that make up this beautiful country. My idea of bliss would be to spend time by the water where I could hear the call and " laugh" of the loons.

The loon is such a beautiful waterfowl. Hearing the warbling sound of the loon is so eerie but yet one of the neatest sounds you will ever hear. Such a majestic bird!!!

I love loons. I used to go camping with Grandad as a kid and he had a few loon friends who lived in the lake. They got used to my Grandad and seemed to not mind us, and would come over to us and swim around us in our canoes or near the docks, unusual for a usually shy bird. I loved their haunting cries. It used to give me chills but now i find it soothing. My Grandad has since passed away and i haven't returned to the camp by the lake in over 10 years. I think of him whenever I hear a loon though. It's a sweet and bitter feeling when I do. My grandma always said he'd come back as a beaver but I think he'd come back as a loon.

On an unrelated note, whenever talk to people from other countries, they all think the loon is our national bird already cause of the loonie, so it would make sense to keep it that way. But really i just really like loons.

I remember the call of this bird when camping with my family as a little girl. I actually thought it already was our National Bird (oops). Although I suppose many city dwellers might not have ever heard its call, if they ever do they will never forget it. It is, indeed, the sound of big spaces, fresh air, and Canadian nature at its calming best.

Basically because it's common throughout the nation, everyone recognizes its call and if it's good enough to be put on our currency then it's good enough to be our national bird.

Hands down, the loon is the most hauntingly beautiful, iconic, beloved bird in this country.

Not found in residential areas. Represents the "backwoods pristine outdoors" that Canada is. Canada goose is not this and hence my vote.

Any time I hear the haunting call of the loon I know I!m Canada.JOB.AAA

I think the Common Loon should be our bird . I love just spending time watching this beautiful bird. When they are about to take flight or when the Loon is just floating on a pond with her baby on her back. Always looking so majestic.

My reason is very simple. They are beautiful to look at, watch and have an absolutely stunning call. I could listen to them 24/7. They are a very territorial bird and are very protective of their own.

The most beautiful bird around Canada

Loons usually work alone as they go about their day seeking for a fine fresh fish to eat for dinner. They have a reputation of being looney. They are on the dollar coin. Loons have a haunting call and are present in First Nation lore. They are not aggressive birds like hawks and eagles. They don't poop everywhere and get sucked into jet engines like their larger cousins the Canada Goose. Unlike chickadees, they are not looking for a handout of free seed. I would feel very comfortable having a loon representing our fair nation.

"Found in every province and territory in the country, the Common Loon is truly a Canadian animal"
The loon calls are so haunting and so symbolic of Canada's wild areas.
The loon is a reminder of what we can lose if we aren't defending wilderness, oceans, lakes, rivers, diversity and habitats.

The Loon is for me the essence of Algonquin Park and Northern Ontario.

Go Loon Go!!

For you J!

Loons are found throughout Canada. It doesn't matter if you are on land or sea, their mournful call echoing across the lakes is known and loved by everyone. They should be Canada's National Bird.

I have seen many different birds and have photographed them from the magnificent Puffins of Newfoundland to the amazing Bald Eagles right at my front door. We live in a wonderful place just north of Kingston, On. where looking out at the lake is a photographic dream. I have to say the Common Loon is a very social bird which makes it very special. Many times being out in our boat we have been surrounded by several of them, just enjoying the music we are playing. Our daughter and her family come from Ottawa with their beautiful ful and playful Golden Doodle. Many of my pictures are her frolicing with the loons.. My daughter has to sometimes close the bedroom window so the Loons don't wake her up so ,early in the morning. How nice is that! Please put me down for theLoons, they have to win. Happy at the Lake!

It makes sense, the loon is already on our money.

Il s'agit d'une espèce qui existe principalement au Canada. Son cri est bien connu et apprécié des amateurs de plein air partout au Canada. Finalement, on ne peut ignorer sa présence sur les pièces d'un dollar et, par conséquent, dans les poches de tous les Canadiens.

there is nothing more beautiful or comforting to be sitting out by the lake first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee than to hear the loons calling to each other. Or to see the female loon with her babies floating by close to the shoreline.

This is not so much an essay as a list of attributes, factoids and personal impressions:

* The voice and severe beauty of the loon permeate the best experiences of my life. Most memorable to me is the clear echo of their flying song heard in the crisp moonlit night of a northern summer. The essence of forest, rocky lakes and loons are indelibly imprinted on my soul.

* Indigenous people across Canada have immortalized the loon in legend and lore. Stories featuring loons occur in the oral traditions of Inuit, Mi'kmaq, Algonquian, Anishinabe, Cree, Lakota, Tsimshian and so on. Check it out!

*As many voters have already said, the Common Loon can be found in every province and territory; it is a compelling, beautiful and magical icon of the boreal forest (the largest Canadian ecological zone).

* Never mind that many loons migrate south in winter; they breed almost exclusively in Canada and their winter range is determined more by access to open water than balmy temperatures; they winter up and down the east and west coasts of North Amerca - that's right, a loon can winter in Newfoundland or Alaska just as easily in warm southern waters.

* As others have mentioned, loon behaviour is marked by discreet, low-key, no nonsense courting; by firm attachment to nesting sites known since they first hatched; by fierce and deadly defense of their territories, nests and young; by shared parenting duties and strategic choice of those places most safe for their chicks to begin life.

* The wellbeing of loons is inseparable from the wellbeing of lakes and forests. What threatens them also constitute threats to us - environmental pollution, unseasonal floods, and increasing industrial and recreational development around boreal rivers and lakes. Loons need clean, clear water and harmonious surroundings in order to flourish on this earth - so do human lives and spirits. We have a well proven legacy given to us by the canoe, rather than with jet skis and motorboats.

* According to the LiveScience website, the Common Loon may lose more than half its summer range and three quarter of its winter range by the year 2080 due to global warming (citing a climate model created by the Audubon Society). So, what's good for the loon is also good for us.

* Finally, I think we can get past the fact that Ontario already claims the loon as their provincial bird. As Canadians, most of us know how to share.

Go loon!

It is what represents us: mysterious, independent and beautiful!

I have the most wonderful memories growing up in northern Saskatchewan and listening to the haunting,mournful cry of the amazing loon! Our parents always taught us to respect the natural world around us which we all did.We were always mesmerized when we would hear the call of the loons on the lake.All six of us children will never forget those years of wonderment and simplicity when the cry of the loon on a quiet peaceful lake was a joy to behold!

Without a doubt,I truly believe,with all my heart that the LOON deserves to be our National Bird !

This iconic bird signifies summer in Canada. It signifies the north, the wilderness and the beauty of Canada. It's call is haunting and memorable.
This should be our national bird .

The Common Loon can be found right across Canada. Whether it's in the far north or on southern, eastern or western lakes. Its name is shared with our dollar coin and it's voice is distinguishable to nothing else.

Love the songs, the beauty of the bird and the quiet tranquility when you watch it in the water

I have spent many a night listening to loons calling. They are more informative than the media, the oil companies and the politicicians. They are the voice of Canada.

Haunting sound they make on a beautiful sunset on the lake at night.

The best bird in the world!

Iconic Canadian bird-a true favourite in cottage country!

We have had a cottage on Belmont Lake for almost 60 years now and every year without fail whenever anyone spots a Loon on the lake we all stop for a moment and watch, a little mezmerized. It seems like the same family of Loons keeps coming back to our end of the lake year after year. For us, the Loon represents Canada as a universal symbol with a classic clean look and stealthy, efficient movements above and below the water. One of natures best! It will make a spectacular National Bird for Canada.

Bob Little

I spend my summers at the lake and have listened to the loons for fifty plus years. Their call is distinctive, echoing off rocky cliffs and skimming over the water. I never tire of listening to them call each other from one bay to the next. I think they are a beautiful bird and would love to have them named as Canada's national bird.

There is nothing more haunting or soothing than the call of the loon in the early evening or morning hours. I have been listening to that sound since I was a little girl spending overnights at the cottage in northern Ontario. I also loved the Natives' story of how the loon got it's necklace - it was one of my favourites. The loon has long been around in the lore of Canadian history and in the carvings of the artists. I think it deserves a more prominent place in our country. .

The haunting sound of the loon is, for me, associated with summer at our northern Saskatchewan lakes. I know it's the national bird of Ontario. It's also, significantly, the adopted name of our one dollar coin, the "loonie". It seems fitting that it would be our national bird. I'm not sure if it's found in all provinces. If so, that would make it an ideal candidate.

I might have chosen the Canada Goose, but I've seen way too much annoying goose poop on the beach at our prairie lake.

I would also like to choose the Meadowlark, the bird whose song I know best. Hearing it triggers so many happy childhood memories on our Saskatchewan farm. But I don't think it's a common bird in some other parts of Canada.

So, for the above reasons, I'm choosing the common Loon.

The loon is one of the most recognized birds in Canada from coast to coast. Their sound and beauty brings peace and tranquility.

We live on a beautiful lake close to Kingston, On. Our lake birds are spectacular. I love the sound of the loons.

My second choice is the snowy owl!

Iconic symbol and sound of Canada.

Nothing thrills me more when in the woods than to hear a loon's call echo off the hillsides.

The sound of a loon represents tranquility, peace and a clean environment which we should all aim and struggle to attain. It is Canada's voice.

The common loon has always been on the "Loonie" $1 coin. Since I could remember. The loon should be named Canada's National Bird!

The Loon is the perfect choice. Nothing like sleeping out doors near a lake and listening to his/her song.
The loon is on our 1 dollar coins and I feel is Canada's Bird.

The loon has such a distinct call, it's on our loonie & when camping it adds to the serenity & that peaceful feeling

Mysterious, peaceful birds from the canadian wilderness. Typically canadian!

The plaintiff call on a glassy moonlit lake
Lying quietly in the darkness before we sleep...
The echoes off the hills are calming
From sleep we awake to the splashing laughter
as they play. At night.
Morning mist is untouched as they dance yet still
A quick splash and they're gone
Beneath perfection before the morning breeze.
The sun breaks upon the trees from afar
The Loons are with us.

Allan Goddard

Many birds come to mind,but none more so than the loon.

I love the sound of the common loon. Lakes trees loons campfires and the sound of the common loon. That's Canada

The Common Loon is almost a mythical bird. But it is indeed REAL. Its calls and mores are emblematic of Canada. It not only is a symbol of wilderness, but it has adapted to living in proximity to many of us. Hearing and seeing a loon stirs such feelings of awe, admiration and pride. Its call moves me like no other bird.

There is no bird call that reminds me more of the beautiful nation I call home and am privileged to freely explore in a canoe :-)

The call of the loon.....nothing more Canadian! They epitomize Canada like no other bird can. ....hauntingly beautiful.

Hard decision. However, the common loon is found in pretty well all provinces, is a beautiful bird, and I think is a good candidate for national bird. What other bird accompanies campers dreams as they fall asleep under the stars on shores of Canadian waters.

Lions are iconic and special. A part of our summer life. They deserve tone our national bird

The haunting sound of a loon is something most Canadians know - even if they haven't heard it in person. However, more than a favourite bird, the loon has also taken a place in the national mythology - providing the name for one of the most common coins most of us have in our pockets. We joke about "loonies" and measure our desires in "loonies." From the lonely sound of a bird in the bush to the jingle of loonies in our pockets - not to mention that our politics are pretty loony, the loon deserves to be our national bird - if for no other reason that it has become one of the most description words in Canadian English....

A lake. Midsummer. Cool evening. A loon's lonely call. This is Canada. Land I love.

Loons are beautiful, strong, and majestic. Most Canadians have seen a Loon or heard its haunting call across the water.

The common loon is the one bird that represents to me the vast wilderness of Canada and why I love this country. My family would listen for the loon's call in the evening when we camped near the lakes and streams not far from our country home. These memorable experiences of hiking, camping, fishing and gathering around the camp fire included the sound of the loon, which reminded us of how grateful we were to enjoy the beautiful nature and scenery that surrounded us.

It is Canada's natural landscape that enables us to be connected to the land, the water and the natural wildlife, including the common loon, so often found on the abundant remote lakes in this beautiful country.

The loon is a lovely bird - always a joy to hear its voice.

Just saw a pair of loons with their young one on the lake by Jasper Park Lodge. It was a delight to watch the parents try to get the young loon to dive!

Because there are so many cool sounding loons on Gull Lake

It's a tough call (Canada goose makes sense too, and my personal favourite bird is the common raven) but the call of the loon just seems so quintessentially Canadian. How, really, could any other bird match that?

Once you have heard a loon and how people just stop talking in mid sentence when they hear it and how everyone stops to listen.....there is no other choice. There isn't another bird whose call can make everything around it stop and who commands people to just listen.

Canada is known for our beautiful outdoors and vast landscapes. No matter where you go to enjoy this, if there is a body of water there is a Loon; The soundtrack to camping, hiking and adventure. Spending time outdoors as a child memories are fulled with the background song of the Loon. This by far is the best choice to represent our National Bird.

I love the song of the loon and they are beautiful I understand they mate for life and both parents care for the young

How can you not be moved by their incredible call?!

The common loon is our reminder of what the wilderness can be if we let it. It is primitive, having lived in Canada far longer than humans. Its eye-catching plumage and beautiful calls draw us back to peaceful lakes year after year.

I am a transplant to the US after marriage to a MN girl. We lived on Rainy Lake ON with Canada to the north and the US to the south. Sitting on the dock at night or in the boat on the water, just when the sun starts to touch the surface at night the singing of the loons would start. A pure, clean and world renowned song of a majestic bird. It's calm grace, cooperative relationship with its neighboring waterfowl and other wild life, its steadfast defense of its young and peaceful demenor I think represents who we would like to be and strive to achieve. It's not bold or brash but will be heard when needed and recognised immediately for what it is. That's why I vote for the common but truly spectacular loon

I had to vote for the Common Loon as it so accurately describes all levels of government in this fine country. From federal to municipal there are plenty of loons ;)

We love to canoe all our beautiful northern Lakes. When we get on the lake the first thing we listen and look for is the loons on the lake. Every lake seems to have its own family of loons. Love the Snowy Owl but the common Loon is everywhere across the country.

I have grown up in Northern and wild places. From the time I was a child, I loved the call of the loon. As an adult, I began to realize that I would never hear that cry in an urbanized area, or a lake that had become too "polluted with people and their noisy boats.
I am happy to say that I have adopted the loon's philosophy.... If the loons don't live in an area, neither do I.
Nelson BC is on Kootenay lake which is nearly 90 miles long, and YES, on the lake itself, we DO hear the loon cry occasionally, and if we are lucky, we can see them dive, and in the spring teach their youngsters to dive, too.
I see the LOON as a wonderful emblem for Canada, a place that I hope never becomes "too crowded for loons to live in peace".

It is on our loony and has been a familiar bird to a majority of Canadians - it already is Canada's signature.

The Common Loon is such a graceful bird, I believe represents
Ontario in style. My hubby and I love to watch them as they
swim around, even with their young.

The common loon is "common" only in so far as being nationally known, and visible throughout Canada, not mention the "Loonie". However, in my opinion, it is far from common. Beautiful in colour with its black and white colouration and unique "necklace". Graceful on the waters of most Canadian lakes, swimming along alone, with family or in the fall gathering, but comical they are during take off for flight. The calls of the loon are distinctive and haunting and a gentle reminder of their presence. Keeping themselves unto themselves, they neither soil the shoreline nor the air with cacophonous sound. Steeped in our native culture, they present themselves with a perfect symbol of our country, true north, strong and free.

The iconic call of the loon on a solitary lake with the mist rising at sunrise is my favourite Canadian memory.

the call of the loon epitomizes Canada's northern solitude

The common loon is a beautiful bird!

We always wait in the spring to see the loons land on the lake behind us. This year we saw three. We didn't see any chicks this year as in
other years when we would see 3 or 4 and at least 2 would be successfully reared.

It's a beautiful bird that's more magnificent (and more polite) than a Canadian Goose. Also, we have "Looney" as our one dollar currency - it's already a part of our everyday Canadian speak, let's set a place aside for the Loon as our official bird!

The common LOON is already Canada's choice - think Loonies and Toonies
Loons live by wooded lakes, coastal waters and tundra ponds - Canada' s geography
Loons have a red eye showing strength and integrity
Loons defend their young and territotory if threatened - so do Canadians
The loon call is unique, causing Canadians and their world to listen and wonder
Loon colouring is dramatic and both sexes share their colouring and their tasks
Loons mate for life and return home showing consistency and trust
Loons provide the Canadian art world wonderful opportunities to carve and colour their sleek, elegant form
Canadians treasure and love LOONS - they are our natural national bird!

I feel that The Loon should be Canada's National bird as it is seen in most lakes amongst all Provinces of Canada. Their sound is exquisite and largely known by most Canadians. Anyone that has camped and heard a Loon call in the wilderness will not soon forget their haunting mystical sound.....I know that I feel privileged any time I'm lucky enough to hear the wonderful Loon.

Quintessentially Canadian in call and aspect.


The call of the Loon is an iconic note of summer .


The common loon is on the one dollar coin why not have it be the national bird as well. It is a beautiful bird carries its young on its back. That is what I call good parenting and would be a great national bird.

Loons are unique and common to all Canada

We only get them here as they migrate and love the calming tones on our northern lakes, otherwise I'd have gone with Cardinals who are here in my region all year.

The Loon speaks to me that we are OK as long as we can hear the Loon.

Nothing speaks of the vastness and splendid loneliness of the Canadian wilderness than the distant cry of a loon.

Interesting to note that in Texas we were speaking with a Birding Guide in the Park & he told us that the loons that migrate there do not call while they are there.

My vote for the common loon. A distinct bird with a distinct call that is associated with other imagery of what is "Canadian" such as the endless fresh water lakes, paddling the waters by canoe and enjoying the great outdoors of this beautiful country. The loon adds to this natural Canadian theme.

I love the loons who mate for life and raise their young with more patience than a human. Their calls soothe us as we fall asleep. They are symbolic of life in the north.

Well, duh. We have the "loonie". 😃

Hearing the loon's warbling call travel over a still Lake captures the very essence of the Canadian wilderness, the true north strong and free. So it is the perfect choice to be our National Bird!

A bird identified with northern Canada. Nothing better than a Loon call out in the wilderness.

When camping at Kejimkujic National Park there in nothing more beautiful and eerie sounding as the numerous loon calls in the late night hours. They have various sounding calls between each other. It would be interesting to know what each means. A truly interesting Canadian bird.

How could we choose anything else? We are the loonies: our money; our bird.

Would have gone with a Canada Goose, but everyone seems to hate them.

Can't identify a Whiskey Jack, though it has its appeal.

I LOVE loons. It makes me feel "Canadian" and very proud to have this beautiful bird in our country. There is nothing like the haunting call of the loon. :)

The call of the loon is the most beautiful, haunting, thrilling sound in the great outdoors of Canada. Anyone who has ever spent time canoeing, or camping, or cottaging near a Canadian lake associates the loon's call with Canadian summers.

I live in BC and have a summer home on a small lake in Ontario. The haunting call, its social observance, calm solitude and its mentorship of their young make it a very suitable bird for all Canadians. The Common Loon is a fine example of what it is to be Canadian.

Its already on the $1 coin, so its easy. Also we are all slightly nuts/looney, so it fits.

I am surprised that the Wood Duck which is the most colourful and noble looking waterfowl in North America is not even mentioned . Please correct this .Thanks

Each summer I so look forward to a camping trip north in order to hear that haunting call. Not only is it a beautiful bird
that various stories have been written about. It's also a characteristic feature that is particular to our lovely north country.
The fact that they carry their young on their back is an endearingt trait somewhat reflective of the accommodating / caring reputation that Canadians seem to have worldwide.. I vote for the loon!

While I understand that the Loon is Ontario's bird, there is nothing as beautiful as the sound of a loon. Just thinking about the sound takes a person back to the beautiful surroundings they were in when they heard it, be it on a mist covered lake in Algonquin Park or on some woodland pond.

the peaceful sound ion a beautiful lake reminds me of what is great in this country.

The common loon is a good bird to represent the Canadian bird as the song of the loon is so recognizable it screams Canada!

I live on a lake that has many birds... loons geese ducks even eagles etc
One day we saw an eagle swoop down and try to make off with a loon! That loon fought this eagle off of itself and it's little family 😄
Bad ass.

Beautiful bird

The common loons cry is the sound of our wilderness Waking to the loon on the Winnipeg River remines my of how great the country is. The bord is such a great mother often seen floating alond with you birds on their back

35 years I've thought the loon already was our National Bird. Let's make it happen!

The common loon is found all across Canada. That is why it is my choice for our national bird.

I love the Canada Goose but the Common Loon is my ultimate favourite.

*The first sound I hear before I open my eyes before dawn is the common loon calling....
*Love the early morning dawn sitting with my coffee on my patio when the fog is rolling down the lake and the sound of the loon calling...
*Late afternoon on a overcast day paddling my kayak, floating past a loon diving for fish.

All three scenarios are why I am Choosing the Common Loon as our nations bird!

The common loon is a graceful,beautiful bird. I have always loved watching them on the lake. They are here all year round and seems like an appropriate bird for our National bird.

Come on! The loon is on our dollar coin and no one calls the coin anything but a loonie. The two dollar coin has always been called a twoonie. Only the Queen is on more coins than the loon. If the loon doesn't deserve to be our national bird, I don't know what bird does.
Thank you for this opportunity!

Canada is home to thousands of species of birds, many of whom are easily recognizable and deserving, but no bird more eloquently 'speaks' for Canada like the loon. Its beautiful and haunting call instantly brings to mind the pristine wilderness, clear mountain lakes and majestic trees that Canada is deservedly famous for. The loon is undoubtedly the most Canadian of all birds.

I have so many beautiful experience camping in both Algonquin and Kilarneey Provincial Parks, paddling near them on the water, watching the mother carrying her babies on her back and listening to their haunting call. It takes me back to a precious time in my life.

You only have to sit at dusk on a quiet summer eve when the lake calms, the night shadows appear, and you are reminded of the beauty and wildness of Canada by the call of the loon. It reminds me how lucky we are to live in a place where quiet contemplation outdoors is possible. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood involve going to sleep to the call of the loon.

The first wild sound I heard as an inner city kid growing up in Toronto was during my first camping experience with the Salvation Army Summer Camp for kids. It was a Loon. Once I heard that sound at the age of 8, I never forgot it. Since that first time I have heard it a hundred times over and it still gives me that same first time thrill. As an adult I look forward to hearing it when I go hiking or camping and can't even imagine going fishing or canoeing without seeing a loon on the lake or hearing its beautiful calling sound.

I vote for the common loon.

Everyone has heard their haunting cry. Very distinctive,beautiful bird.

I grew up in Northern Ontario and spent my summers at the family cottage. There were always loons on our lake and always was fascinated at the different sounds of the call of the loon. Sometimes the call was sad and mournful sounding. Other calls were long and cheerful as if they were seeking out other loons and wanted to give a welcoming cheer.

Hearing a loon on one of our lakes, rivers or oceans immediately makes me feel and appreciate what it means to be Canadian. Its a comforting sound embedded in my psyche from childhood. thank you

Wheat Kings and Pretty things..Iconic Loon call right at the start of the song..
Chills...Love the song, and the sound of the bird on the wing..
Mysterious, and somewhat hard to see while paddling the Thousands of lakes in Canada..
But quite a nice find...Not hunted that i know of, and rightly so..
Proudly seen across the country..and recognised..Great representation of Our Country!
Make it SO!

Loon's are Canada"s music

I lové birds.

although my sentimental favorite is the Gray Jay (Canada Jay), the variety of calls of the loon, and the way they penetrate the lake and forest area make it first on my list.

The call of the loon seems ubiquitous across the country - I've heard it while camping next to lakes in BC and all the way across Canada to Newfoundland. And a prettier bird call I've yet to hear.

The loon defines my time on lakes in our national parks. Canoeing to a camp site and hearing a loon on the lake feels so calming, comforting and like home.

It's on our $1 coin, which is known as the "loonie" as a result. Can't think of a better option!

The loon is a beautiful bird and the call of a loon is totally distinctive

The quivering loon call evokes memories of my childhood summers spent on or near the rivers and lakes of Ontario. Probably the first bird which I was able to name and is the bird that immediately comes to mind when I think of the immense beauty and mystery of the Canadian wild.

The call of the loon - morning, daytime, evening - enchanting, exciting, mysterious - so real, so natural, so Canadian.
Such a sturdy bird, artistic in body and soul too. Whether alone in the water, searching for fish, diving down and appearing way off again - or in a pack of several or many calling, chattering, singing - I always stop to watch and enjoy.
When I hear the call of the loon I feel my Mom close. She and her generation loved loons too.
Loons are common, but not common at all. This special bird helps us to pause in our sometimes frantic life to reflect how lucky we are to be Canadian, to enjoy our vast land, to know freedom as the loon does., to have a sense of purpose, as we do, caring for our young, our elderly, ourselves.
That is our loon.

I cannot imagine a more iconic symbol of the beauty of our nation's wilderness than the serenity of the loon or its soulful almost wistful call.

I grew up in Ontario and we summered on a beautiful lake in the Kawartha's. The Loon is the most beautiful and haunting bird call ever. It always takes me back to happy childhood days.

The plaintive cry of the loon represents the quintessential Canadian sound experience.

Gotta vote for the Loon. Everything about it is beautiful. The sleek almost shiny look of it's outline and black/white feathers, the red eyes and a call that all true Canadians can identify but only some can replicate. A call that puts you at peace when you hear it.

Common Loon is a helpful birds to all creation of animals/birds of the land as the Kaska stories told. Loons tells the season of arrival in spring and lets others birds know when is time to teach the young birds to fly. They are the last to leave as they make sure other birds are on their way south. Loons help the blind to navigate to water and let others know where the water bodies are. They send a warning sounds of weather of storm and wind. So is a good country bird for Canada and is already on the dollar coin.

It was always the first thing we did as children when we arrived at camp. Run to the lake and look for the loons. To me, they symbolize all things natural and good. We always waited for the call to echo out over the lake like they were saying good-bye to us when we left. Many summers were spent by these guidelines and I truly believe when I think of home and my youth,that is the first thought that flows thru my mind.

When I hear the haunting and laughing call of the loon Ithink of my country Canada and I'm proud to be Canadian.

The Loon is the bird that symbolizes the beauty and loneliness of the Canadian North the best.

It's already on our currency; the loon exists everywhere in Canada that I know of, and I grew up with the loon call on Hinterland Who's Who. Iconic bird for our nation (and they don't leave their waste all over the place).

The call of the loon is a quintessential part of Canada's northern lakes. We all recognize it. So much so that the loon appears on our $1 coin which is colloquially termed a "looney".

Whenever I heard the call of a loon whether in the wild,on tv or in a movie I think of a beautiful lake scene in Canada. I don't think you can hear the loon's call without thinking of Canada. The loon is a recognized part of Canadian culture already on our one dollar coin, the loonie.

A big part of being Canadian is hearing the different calls of the Loon. From spring till fall the sounds enchant and make me think of being in Canada!

Every summer I visit different lakes around the country. The loon is what get most excited about seeing and hearing. Seeing the babies, and mom protecting them is priceless. We have some amazing pictures.

The haunting call of the Common Loon is recognized by most Canadians, and most Canadians will likely have occasion to see one even if they are primarily urban dwellers. The birds are widespread in Canada from east to west and north to south, and even though they do not remain in the interior of Canada, they do remain off both coasts and on the Great Lakes during the winter months. Although the Gray Jay and Snowy Owls are also good choices and widely distributed in Canada, they are not likely to be familiar to or seen my most Canadians who do live in large urban areas.

Canada has more fresh water lakes than anywhere else! Fresh water = loons. The loons know where the fresh water is! The loon should be our national bird (plus it's so clever it sometimes shows up on a coin that has it's name)

As a girl, I listened to the loons, often at night as I was drifting into sleep in a tent on the shores of Lake Huron.
When I first heard one, I was terrified by the erie, haunting cry. As I grew more and more familiar, I found the cry comforting, and looked forward to hearing it. When I eventually sighted one, long long after my fiirst auditory experiences, I was mesmerized by their beauty. I loved trying to predict where they would surface after their seemingly interminable dives. For me they symbolize the best of the vast and beautiful areas of Canada.

I do a lot of kayaking in Ontario waters and have much admiration and respect for the loon.Love their sound!
Go Loon Go

It's on the money!

Lovely bird

The loon, the loon, the loon. The iconic Canadian bird. The haunting call of the Canadian wilderness. This is our national bird.

It's already on the $1 coin and I believe the loon can be found in nearly all of Canada, unlike many of the other birds.

And let's face it, in Canada, we are all a bit loonie :)

It's already on the $1 coin and I believe the loon can be found in nearly all of Canada, unlike many of the other birds.

And let's face it, in Canada, we are all a bit loonie :)

A seabird captures the sea to sea to sea geography of Canada, plus many people already associate it with Canada as a nation. Its call and appearance are unique. It is a species that many people will have seen and heard -- it is familiar, but not so common that people take it for granted or consider it a noisy irritant (e.g. Raven)

Its just a gut feeling. This bird, when you here its call in the early morning beside a lake at the camp, cottage or even better camping, you know where you are, you're in Canada, Yeah!

The call of the loon is a quintessential Canadian thing to do

Once you have heard the call of a loon, you will remember it forever. I'm 75 and first heard the loon call one evening on a lake in Alberta when I was about 10.

Haunting, willd and beautiful. This spectacular bird stirs the Canadian soul.

I love the call of the common Loon. I see them all the time when I am fishing on Grand Lake, Indian Lake and French Lake and Macquapit Lake all found near where I liv. I especially like to go to Indian Point on Grand Lake early in the morning during the Summer. There are many Loons, Grey Herons, Canada Goose, Bald Eagles and even the occasional Golden Eagle can be seen. The Loon is amazing and that beautiful call can be heard from far away. I just saw one yesterday with her young on French Lake and she was weary but did not fly away as her young one was not ready to do so.

We just returned from a camping trip in Lake Superior Park, one of many. We camped on an inland lake called Mijinimungshing Lake.
We were there maybe, 15 minutes, and there it was, the call of the loon.
Nothing and I mean nothing depicts Canada as much as the loon.
It is a gorgeous bird, with its black and white plummage.....and to hear its wings flapping in the water is something else.
You must experience the loon and its call at least once in your lifetime.
Especially at night, it has a beautiful, calming effect.
So, YES, it must be the common loon.

The loon is the sound most people in Canada will recognize from travelling up north

Beautiful bird, has a very soothing call, means Canada to me.

I grew up on the St. Lawrence River just East of Gananoque Ontario. The common loon is a symbol of that river as far as I am concerned. We used to listen to it calling at night and when we heard it calling as it was flying we always knew that rain was not far away. When we saw the loon in the spring we knew that summer was not far away. Its haunting call brings me back to the time when I was young and I stop whatever I am doing and listen as I did as a child.

The common loon is one of the most beautiful birds in Canada. Its haunting cry is distinctive.

The call of the loon to me is a quintessential backcountry Canadian sound, which is why I have to cast my vote for it!

The loon is beautiful. It's iconic and loons are found everywhere in Canada. There is nothing more wonderful than lying on a dock at dusk on a lake in northern Ontario and being serenaded my the mournful cry of a loon.

The call of the loon echoing over a mirror-like lake in the early morning is an experience that every Canadian should share at least once!

When I think of the Common loon, it reminds me of Canada's wilderness, lakes and waterways. It reminds me of the vastness of Canada, its connection with the earth, air and water. I feel it represents the importance Canada's place on our natural surroundings.

We have for many years enjoyed seeing the loons on Hurdslake near Renfrew Ontario. When we first cottages on the lake in the early fifties it was difficult to get close to the loons. In the seventies it was possible to get within a hundred yards. Now the birds have adjusted to the numerous boats on the lake you can come to perhaps ten yards without disturbing them.

We have watched them from newly from the nest till they are ready to be on their own. They keep us a our guests busy observing their daily swimming and diving. We built a raft for them to nest on.

No sound is as haunting and evocative than the call of the loon.

The Loon embodies the calm and beauty of this country.

I moved to Canada in 1992. We lived close to a lake and the loon call will forever be one of the most iconic Canadian sounds for me.

Without the Loon's eerie call, a misty early morning on a mirror smooth lake, will just not be CANADA!
What pleasure to see them in pairs and groups, watching you carefully as the boat edges closer. Then with a gracious dive they slip under the cold water to surface many minutes later and a long distance away.
If you are lucky, you may see a Loon rolling on its side to comb it feathers whilst twitching its little tail feather like a conductor's baton.
Do not forget to look for the mother carrying one or more babies on her back, safe and warm away from the cold water.
Literally Mom's Loon Taxi!

This bird speaks to the character of the country. Possessed of great beauty and grace in the water, but ungainly on land and requires a long run to get into flight. A haunting, lonely call that reminds us of the wide open spaces that we can still find in Canada and how important it is to protect them. A reminder of our untamed past and a caution for our uncharted future. As Canadian a symbol as the moose and maple leaf, the loon gets my vote fur Canada's national bird.

As someone who has lived in different provinces and countries, there is no bird or sound that makes me so fond of Canada. To hear the various "thrilling" of Loons alone, as mates, or as parents, each sound is special and alluring.

Whether camping in Algonquin Park, sitting on a dock on a misty evening, or staring at the sky, the Loon makes us feel special about our own existence. Watching them gracefully dip and disappear beneath the water only reappear 50 meters away is incredible.

The call of the Loon is the call of Canada

Due to the fact it's in every province and territory. The call of the loon reminds me of the national film board vignettes. We also feature it on our one dollar coin, the loonie, how could any other bird compare.

A loon is consistent with our money. A Canada goose fouls our walks and parks and sometimes a nuisance.

I personally think it should be either the loon or the Canada Goose. Since geese are assholes, I'm going with the loon.

I had never seen and especially not hear a Loon before I came to Canada.
The first time I hear Loon cry was around Sudbury area and the sound scared the heck out of me. I had no idea it was a bird.In time I got used to the sound and got to love it.The nights at the cottage with the loons laughing and crying were special.
True sound of Canada.

The loon reminds me of the cottage BWANA and all of the wonderful memories I have from there.

LaLoooo' LaLooo'
Thank you
for your
Native Song
Strong and Free

While I take great pleasure in our beautiful native birds the common loon for me will always evoke wonderful memories of Northern Ontario's lakes and the haunting call of the loon in the evening. The calls of the loon heralded the end of another wonderful day and great times around the campfire.

The mighty loon!

Loons is in every province in Canada. Does not migrate stays in Canada. His song is comforting.

Rarely seen though often heard. A bird of beauty and amazing diving/swimming skills. Great parents.Have a series of calls with different messages. Poor at taking off for flight yet escape winter by flying to open water..ocean or a great lake.

Because of the haunting sounds I have heard so many times while camping on Taylor Lake, Quebec.

Here's what I would like to say from research. It is very important to me that the Common Loon is featured on the Loonie, the Canadian coin, and the Loonie is named after the Loon itself. I know it may migrate to Mexico but at least it doesn't go too far. I also know that the Loon was mentioned in a Micmac saga so that means that the Loonie is well known and was recognized long ago, which is important. I know it is already the provincial bird of Ontario but hopefully it can still be the National bird of Canada. I have no doubts about the Loon and my decision was pretty easy. Loons used to be on the previous series of 20$ bills and that is also very important. The bird is well-known and is far from the verge of extinction. Please consider this. Therefore, I am proudly voting for the Common Loon as the national bird of Canada. Thank you -Katie

If you have ever been on a small lake in the morning, paddling a canoe and heard and seen a loon up close. Then you will understand my choice.

The Loon is a great symbol of Canada, it's call can be recognized by most people and it is very distinctive. It lives in many area of the country and gives people a feeling of freedom as it arrives in the bay.

Very enjoyable to see and hear at the cottage.

The reason I vote for loon because the loon will give warning to swimmers and boaters on our lakes by issuing a call to heed that bad weather coming and when the loon leaves the lake for shore that is the time to get off the lake

The call of the Loon is a call that reminds Canadians of the privilege and responsibility we have in being Canadian. When we hear it, wherever we hear it, we stop, reflect, rise, and engage. Elegant in form, the Loon reminds us to have class in our interactions in the built environment and in nature.

Capable on, under and above the water, Canadians can identify with the Loon. We believe we are capable as a nation and as a nation of one to do social good.

The call of the Loon evokes a range of emotions from steadfast commitment in solitude to a participating in a gaggle of fun

The Loon should be Canada's national bird.

The sound of a Loon is a CANADIAN tune.

it's already on the loonie, why not eh

We have it on our money and is now recognized by many across our nation.

It is iconic, it is Canadian!

The sound of the loon is one of those melodies that brings back life-long memories. As a little girl watching with my family The Nature Of Things, to camping trips, walks along the St. John River, canoe trips in Algonquin, Ontario, houseboating, days at the cottage, boat rides, the shiny gold jingle in my pocket and more, the loon is a wonderful representative for our great country, from sea to shining sea.

The common Loon is such a beautiful bird. Every time I'm on or around a lake I love their call, it sure is part of the nature and being in Canada. This bird always reminds me of living in Canada and I'm proud of being a Canadian resident.

The Loon Call at dusk sitting by a lake is an emotional reminder of our belonging to Canada.

Majestic bird.

Summer evening,
Golden hour merging with twilight.
Northern glow fading with the reflection on the blue glass so still,
Haunting call echoing off of boreal woods.
Loon floating by, like a friend of warmer times.

The loon represents Canada more than any other bird - the blue jay would be second, but it is not known across the Rockies - so. have to go with the LOON

My partner and I immigrated from Britain 35 years ago. We'd never heard or seen a loon. In our first summer in Muskoka, where we were working at a children's camp, we were absolutely mesmerized by this extraordinary bird. Its call in the evening seemed almost supernatural, and its ability to disappear underwater and surface at a huge distance from where it dove was well nigh unparalleled, in our experience. It is also such a beautiful creature. Over the years we have indeed come to identify the loon with Canada. Every summer, wherever in Ontario or Quebec we may be cottaging, we wait for the call of the loon. Once we've heard it, we can relax. That's the moment when we feel in touch with eternal Canada-- the Canada we need to honour and respect, and pay attention to, if we're going to live wisely for the rest of the year.

Once heard, who can forget the haunting call of the loon. It sears itself upon your soul cementing the relationship between you and Canada's great outdoors.

the loon is so very representative of the lakes of the north! And so many Canadians identify with the north.

The Common Loon is iconic, in my estimation, of all that I value in Canada. It's a wild, slightly strange creature with its awkward gait. It is of the air, the earth and the water, and free, all elements that speak to me of Canada and the freedom we have in this country. It is a sleek bird with its dark feathers with highlights of grey and white, and eyes that are a beautiful red.. The Common Loon is a distinctive, elegant bird. The sight of the Common Loon with its flotilla of young on the wild and popular lakes of Canada is unforgettable. And then, there is the call of the Common Loon in the late evenings and early mornings, a lone, strange and somehow, comforting call telling me that I am where I need to be.

The loon call on a lake is the most soothing sound in the late evenings. Love to watch them carry their young on their back. Loons are a sign of CANADA

Sound at the start of "wheat kings". Always gets me!

I grew up enjoying summer cottage life. We watched and listened to loons with such pleasure. Later, my husband and I canoed around the birds and I watched a group of them dancing in a circle in the water one time from a nearby canoe with our 3 children entranced as well. The call of the loon is never to be forgotten and takes me back to so many happy times by the water.

In my youthful days, while camping with the Boy Scouts, I fondly remember the calls of the loon, often mournful and sometimes mirthful. Living in an urban area I seldom hear the call of the loon these days. I miss these iconic sounds.

The Common Loon is, well, a common sight! Anyone who has travelled to many of the beautiful lakes in Canada must, in some part of their memory and thought, have a picture of this beautiful animal stowed away and the echo of its haunting call ringing in their ears. The Loon evokes a certain majesty and elegance by its colouring and sleek shape, perhaps some fear by the look of its fiery red eye, and awe by the way it deftly dives into waters only to reappear further than one might expect. There's nothing more serene and enchanting than to hear its calls at dusk or at dawn, and nothing more rewarding than to chance a peek at a chick or two tucked away on its back. While there are many birds which represent so many aspects of this country, there's something about the loon which brings to mind the perfect picture of our lush boreal forest, covering so much of Canada from the East to the West and of course, all over the North, the clear, deep waters of our many lake systems and something quiet and powerful about Canada itself. All over this country, where the stony shores are lined with cottages and houses and the forests filled with campsites, though people might be hoping to see a bear, or moose, or just hoping for a good time, I can guarantee you'll hear that momentary silence after the call of the loon, because no matter how many times you hear it, and even if you can't see it, it quiets something deep, personal and shared in any and all Canadians. That's why my vote goes to the loon, I could think of no bird more worthy!

The common loon.

Vote for the loon, the magpie of the sea.

It is a beautiful bird, so serene on the water, just great to see from the shore or up close from a quiet canoe ride. I love photographing them. Or own Robert Bateman did great pics of the common loon. I hope it becomes the National bird.

The Common Loon represents Canada's character as a peaceful country with beautiful wide open spaces, clean water and fresh air to breath!

As a child, ever summer the family would go up to a small lake near Owen Sound Ontario and we would always hear the Loon calling and it is a sound you never forget and it is a sound I miss.

When one thinks of Canada, one thinks of the great outdoors, of all the nature and beauty our country possesses. With the great outdoors, one instantly thinks of the loon. It is on our currency, which is lovingly called the loonie, as well as the loon's call being used in all Canadian heritage and nature shows/documentaries/films. When one sees or hears about a loon, one automatically thinks of Canada. The two are inseparable, which is why the loon should be our national bird.

There is nothing like paddling thru Algonquin Park in the Fall, watching and listening to the Loons, as they gather together in groups of up to thirty, preparing to fly south.

The call of the loon is iconic. Even thinking about it makes me think of being near a lake in the wilderness.

Because its a damn cool bird, its easily recognizable, and because i like it :/

I find the loon a fascinating flies, swims and beautiful looking along with mating for life makes it my fav. The sound of the loon in the evening is something else!

The loon is iconic! It represents our country well - wild and beautiful. There is nothing like hearing a loon call across the lake. Just like listening to a great singer, their call stirs you. You know you've heard something that moves your soul. They are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to watch.

Love the hauntingly beautiful call of the loon, so distinctively Canadian wherever you are across Canada!

We love the loons that come to visit our small lake each year. Every year since the early sixties (probably longer) two loons come to Shepherd Lake in Northern Ontario. They build a nest and then raise their young on the lake. We enjoy seeing them as they swim up and down the lake and listening to their call is a highlight of the day. No matter how much they call, you always want to hear more of that unique sound they make.

If you've ever heard the call of a loon on a calm lake, you know there is no other choice.

Its the bird we nick named our currency after. Its call defines night fall in the northern lakes. Its our national bird.

The call of the loon is.the sound I associate withCanadian lakes and camping as a child. It is so very Canadian and is my link to many great memories. It has a soulful cry which for some reason I associate with the Canadian character....not brash, no showmanship, just a clear call that signals its place in the Canadian decor.

The loon as always been some sort of icon for canada as well as the canadian goose by far, but growing up i always seen the loon as the iconic bird of Canada.

Something about sitting on the lake hearing the Loon call has always been a nostalgia type sound for me, and I am sure many others. With Canada's great amount of lakes, the beauty of it all in the early mornings and you hear that loon, everything seems just to be at peace.

Covers all provinces and territories... easily recognized from the loonie!

I love the loon's cry and how they fly above the water.

It's already a Canadian symbol on the $1 coin so it seems apt to also be Canada's national bird. The Canada goose, possibly a close second, already commemorates the nation in its name.

Thre is nowhere I have been that the loon isn't part of the wetlands landscape. It simply says Canada to me in ways the other birds don't. So much of our art and our folk art involves the loon.

And the call is as distinctive as the look of its graceful wings.


It's dusk in cottage country and you hear a far away call of the loon. Your heart stirs and you know that this is your country. There is no mistake! You have arrived. Home!

Really,nothing says Canada like the sound of the common loon's hauntingly beautiful call on any lake in Canada. As a child the first bird call I learned to imitate was the loon .🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦😎

The loon is a truly majestic bird. When we go to the lake my favorite time is in the morning when the loons are flying in from another part of the lake, listening to their calls...then kayaking out to sit and watch them. They come quite close as they know I sense they know I won't harm them.

This is a bird that is found widespread throughout Canada. it is beautiful and majestic just like our country.

It is one of those special Canadian moments to hear the loon laughing in the night.

The loon is indigenous to Canada's wonderful lakes - of which we have a multitude. Canada is known for its abundance of lakes, and therefore it is countrywide from coast to coast.
It is on our one dollar coin, which is commonly known as the loonie!
Therefore it represents the entire country of Canada!
This would be an excellent choice!

I feel that the loon represents Canada due to the country's vast wilderness and abundant fresh water lakes.

While living abroad for a few years one of the things I missed the most was the call of the loon on a summer evening.

I hear these birds here in Kenora in the a.m and night...they put me to sleep.....

As a commercial pilot, I've been all over this country and one of the constants (outside the cities) was the unmistakable sound of the loon.

The other candidates are just not on the same level.. for example, a Jay or an Owl must be up close and personal to be noticed, while the sound of a single loon can cover miles of shoreline.

And, the loon can be found on fresh or saltwater, so all of Canada is home to this unique and beautiful bird.

My favourite bird of all time.......... a true spirit of Canada

We are all a bit looney up here.

Most haunting cry of any bird, especially in the dark. A monogamous bird who cares deeply for its young. Early arrival in the spring on lakes brings warmth to the heart after a long arduous winter. The best Canadian bird, bar none.

The sound of the loon on our Canafian lakes is so iconic. It brings shivers to my spine when I hear it.

Should definitely represent Canada!!! They're haunting song is beautiful!!

I believe the Loon is already associated with Canada and therefore is the natural choice as our national bird.

I remember laying in bed at our aunt's cabin, on Okanagan Lake. You could hear the Loons calling as you drifted off to sleep. This last summer I had the opportunity to visit a friend at her home on Idabel Lake in the Okanagan and again hear the loon calling. It is such a warm blanket memory to wrap yourself in.

The common loon is an excellent choice for Canada's national bird for a number of reasons. It's habitat is not limited to a few provinces, but rather, can be found from coast to coast to coast. The common loon is considered a 'northern' bird, as is Canada a 'northern' nation. It has several outstanding attributes: it's an excellent swimmer; it can dive extremely deep to catch fish, up to about 200 feet; and it has a haunting call that is quite unique. For me, the call of a loon immediately conjours up memories of a a quiet Canadian lake in the summer. The common loon also seems to have a loyal family instinct, which is an attribute that I'd like to associate with our country, and we often see mother with one to three young loons in tow.

In my opinion, the Loon deserves the honour for Canada. We have had a pair of Loons returning to Meaghers Lake for as long as we have lived here, twenty two years. They are beautiful and have the most haunting and yet soothing call, which we mostly hear at night and sometimes during the day. They are graceful swimmers, and able fishers. In the beginning they had young but not anymore. They are part of our beautiful and tranquil landscape and we are sad when they leave us for the winter. We anxiously look for them once the ice is gone from the lake in the spring and we would miss them dearly if they did not return.

The loon reminds me of Canada every time I hear its call.

Prairies born and raised, I was a teen before I saw my first Loon. As a child I’d read the legend of how it got its necklace, and had heard them (rarely) on southern lakes, but it was on a trip to northern Saskatchewan where I saw first saw one. Such a beautiful bird, diver extraordinaire, and amazingly fast when skimming across the water before taking flight. It was years before I knew that Loons are unable to take off from land.
Anyone who has heard a Loon will never forget its laugh, and its haunting call echoes the ache in me every time I leave the north to return home to my prairies. don’t leEEEeeave! It cries, bouncing off the shore, lake to lake to lake. I’ve come to love the north as much as the prairies, and the Loon has become my favourite bird.
The voyageurs explored our vast, magnificent country with the call of the Common Loon accompanying the drip of water from paddle. Some say its cry is a lonely sound, but it must also have been comforting to them, the sound of their new country. The sound of my home.
The Loon, to me, is Canada’s bird.

Still, to this day, I can remember the call of the Loon, floating over a Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. At that moment, I believed that I was incredibly lucky to have had that opportunity to witness the voice of Nature, in Canada.

The look and sound of the Loon echoes from the Lakes and waterways of Canada and was witnessed by the Indians, Vikings and Voyageurs who plied these waters in our early history and can still be heard today.

The Loon .

I don't see them here in BC as often as I do the majestic Great Blue Heron or the adorable black-capped chickadee, but when I hear the loon, their sound is magic. Any of these birds would be fitting as our national bird. I only get to see the snowy owl when I'm in Ontario and they too, are magnificent birds.

The loon reminds me of the my quintessential Canadian canoeing holidays in the northern Ontario lakes.It is a personal experience with memories of the best holidays ever.

Part of me wants to vote for the Whiskey Jack because it mates in winter - like most Canadians! - but the loon IS Canadian wilderness and can be found in every province.

The common loon is the true voice of the Canadian wilderness,

Not an essay, but memories. On long distance canoe trips in the wilderness, they are our most favourite friends seeming to follow us as we went. One time on the end of a long leg, there were 23 of them in the bay where we took out.

Love the loons.

The Common Loon represents Canada in my opinion.

the loon is so tranquil. the soothing sound it makes while canoeing or listening from the cottage. I think it stands for Canadian National bird. By far my favourite.

The haunting call of the loon is a sound I have always associated with our wonderful country, there is nothing more transcendent than sitting around the campfire and hearing the loons call. It represents to me all that I love about Canada, the true north strong and free.

In my short 23 years of life I have been lucky enough to travel abroad many times but also with in my own country. Growing up in Minden Ontario allowed me to experience the haunting call of the loon on many occasion. There is nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world, at least in my experience so far. It is a quintessential part of the Canadian identity and is something I find myself quite often missing while abroad. Now that I'm out in BC I find my self longing for those cool misty mornings overlooking a lake from my tent to what can only be the wilds of Ontario with nothing but a pair of loons as my alarm clock. It's a comfort that won't soon be replaced!

I like the sound of a loon

What could be more Canadian than the call of the Loon?

As a kid I spent my summers at a cottage on a Quebec Laurentian lake. I found the loon fascinating. It flew in at unexpected times usually alone but sometimes with a partner. It swam, plunged and flew short distances. Sometimes it stayed for hours. I loved its profile, something that could be easily drawn, calming. I could imagine the peace that he must have felt similar to my state of mind when on a canoe trip on an uninhabited lake, something that we did occasionally with my brothers and sisters. Whenever I go back to the cottage that is still in the family, I hope to see a loon, and usually one will show up if I stay long enough at the lake. The loon is associated in my mind with life in our great wilderness, his cry echoing between the mountains surrounding our small but deep water lake.

I picked the Common loon because it has a haunting call that just spells;
... C A N A D A ... in the calmest of ways, besides; it's on our dollar. ;-)

Just always thought the Loon was the National Bird. Love listening to it on the lake.

Love to hear the lonesome call of the Loon reminds me of the beautiful Canadian lakes of the north.

Where is the gannet on your list?

The loon's call in the evening when camping out at Cold Lake, Alberta was always one of my favourite memories.

The common loon song brings to mind pristine wilderness and clean waters... Peace.

Loon Haiku:

Mournful and haunting
Calls of the loons echo, fade
Voices of the North

I chose the Common Loon, because of how accessible it is to our Country, and how it is in almost every Province. Therefore, this bird represents the majority of Canada and should be recognized and made the National Bird of our Country. CANADA.

The echo of the loon haunting the lonely lakes of the north would represent Canada very well. We are known as being a northern country of pristine lakes and forests. Loons are not plentiful and are as unique as their song. Artists often depict them in paintings, sculpture and graphics on clothing. As such, it is a ready made symbol for us.

The loon is on our money
Which to others may appear funny
Canadians love the idea
That others think we're "looney"

As we already have the Loon on our coins, our dollar piece affectionately known as the "Loonie" I think the Loon is the perfect bird for Canada.

Loon really represent Canada.

I believe the loon is the quintessential Canadian bird, given our love and appreciation of nature and how the loon is such a key figure in that environment. After the long winter that most Canadians endure stoically, few things, if any, better symbolize Canada's summer than the loon.

There is also the significant point that it is on the loonie.

I would like to add that we have enacted legislation in Canada around fishing and hunting, and the use of lead. We have banned it in many areas in Canada, including national parks, to help protect species like the loon. I believe the loon is mentioned specifically in the process, if not the legislation. This bird is so important, it helped frame protective legislation in our country.

In researching this, I found that the loon is also a significant character in native culture, and in any viewing/appreciation of native art, the loon is prominently represented.

We moved to Canada in 1973 and made friends with a couple whose parents had a cottage near Coboconk, ON. The first time we heard a loon call it summed up everything about our new home - it was the cry of the wild and just so Canadian. We now live in South Shore Nova Scotia and everytime we drive into town beside the Eastern Passage to Shelburne harbour we see loons and almost every time we go to a beach there they are.
They are so Canadian and we thought they were Canada's bird already. Now is the time to make it official!

I love the sound of the loon.

The essence of Canada - the haunting call on the many lake land waters we are fortunate to have - the sound of peace in our hearts....

The essence of Canada - the haunting call on the many lake land waters we are fortunate to have - the sound of peace in our hearts....

I would like to see the loon as our National bird. As we all know, Canada is a country that streatches from sea to sea, to sea. So does the loon. Although in the north it is the Arctic loon, but a loon nevertheless.

What could be more Canadian then the Loon. It's haunting call across the lakes symbolizes summer and life at the cottage.

At a cottage many years ago on Indian Lake in Ontario, I was floating on my air mattress. A mother loon came very close to me with her two young offspring on her back. It was a wonderful experience. Also, every day, you could hear their call.

The call of the loon is a sound that once heard, is never forgotten. Canadian kids, (and adults too), spend countless hours trying copy the haunting call of the common loon. Whether canoeing on the lake, or day dreaming on a dock, Canadians greet the sound of a loon as a sure sign that summer has truly arrived.

Although they are wild birds, they seem to enjoy human contact and are curious observers of humans often diving away from swimmers only to pop up a few yards further away.

Loons are devoted parents and many Canadians have spent time watching them teach their chicks too dive. Quite a humorous show as the chicks must first learn to battle with the buoyancy that wants to keep them on top of the water!

Although the snowy owl is a noble bird, it is not well known by most Canadians.

Most beautiful haunting sound in the world.

Have always loved the 'haunting' call of the loon on our Canadian lakes. I own several various-sizes of wood-carved loons in my home.

haunting calls echoing throughout the mist filled morning air. iconic sillouette engraved on our currency, our hearts and even in our mythology. The common loon is numbered among our first nations oral history, the memories of our pioneer forebears and in the cottage and wilderness stories told to our children today. It's a unifying symbol even as its numbers wane. Few today can simply visit a back country lake to hear its lonely call but for those who do your breath is held in wonder as your heart perhaps skips a beat. This same beating heart skips and breath is drawn in national pride at mention of the coin bearing its noble countenance, dug in victory from beneath centre ice in Salt Lake City Utah and again in Vancouver where a nation celebrated what it is to be like, Canadian, and not unlike, red, yellow, black or white. This bird is ours and we Canadians, a mosaic not a melting pot, yet still proudly one!

I've loved the cry of the loon since I was a child. A striking looking bird with a sound unique to each and every loon is a characteristic that similarly represents the diversity of Canada.

It has been both our classic and such a beautiful bird in all manners, looks, sound; it is just a beautiful bird.

My father passed away 7 years ago at his cottage on Charleston Lake. He loved the lake for the fishing and for the loons. Once my father passed away a lone loon appeared at the cottage and I am certain that the loon is how my Father has chosen to come back to me. The loon comes back every summer and floats around in front of the cottage and is always around when something special is occurring at the lake. I have always loved listening to and the beauty of the common loon but now it has more meaning to me and my family. I think the loon would be a very majestic national bird for Canada.


Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed listening to the loons calling on the Madawaska River near Calabogie and Springtown. They remind me of my younger days and also the peace and tranquility of the cottage season.

We have a cottage on Barrington Lake, and have the privilege of watching the loons every year. They raise their young there, and it is such a pleasure when they all gather to take flight at the end of a season.
Their haunting call can be heard through the night, and early mornings.
Our granddaughter could call these birds, so they would swim very close to the shoreline where she sat, and was only about 10-12 at the time.
A very beautiful sight indeed.
I think they should be named as our official Canadian bird.
They were special enough to be placed on our dollar coin!

Unlike many other contenders, the loon is found right across the country. Its haunting voice is THE sound of summer for us all.

The relaxing and safe sounds of the loon is what draws me to vote for it. Something comforting in the evening to know that the loon's are on the lake and singing you goodnight.

Our common loon is always widely recognized across Canada. We love to hear them calling.

The Common Loon has always been associated with the north and wilderness country. Having been an avid canoeist, it is always been the sound that tells me I am in Canada's great and beautiful wilderness.

Doesn't matter if it's ONT.bird. It also could be and should be our National Bird. I've seen and been close to and heard lots of loons here in NB growing up beside the Miramcihi River and living in Ont. for 40 years. I've yet to see a Gray Jay.

I've also travelled widely and lived in 2 countries in SE ASia and in South Korea and saw many birds but none in the world are as unique as our common loon.

the sound of the loon!

Not only is it recognized by sight but also by sound. The cry of the Loon is iconic.

It is iconic on inland lakes in the summer, and occurs virtually throughout the country. It is a beautiful bird in breeding plumage, and very accessible to most people.

Our legecy and one of our best asset is our water...
The common loon is directly associated to this asset but it also represents so many things to differente people :
* family time .
* a reminder to stop and think
* appreciate the tranquility and peace .
* The loon also represents dedication and cooperation
And to you ...
...thank you for asking us our opinion. ..

The song of the loon is hear all around North America but no as much as in Canada. To hear that mournful call roll across the morning waters is just music to the soul.

Many great candidates and I was leaning towards the Common Raven, but when I gave it some more thought - the loon really does reflect Canada from coast to coast to coast. It does have one of the most lovely calls and they are nice to look at. And - we have them on our one dollar call, affectionately called the loonie by all Canadians. We have a definite soft spot for the common loon (and the other loon species). So, had to go with it.

Whether standing on the shore of a lake in some remote spot or walking on Vancouver's seawall the loon is a welcome sight and its call stirs a feeling of gratitude in me. I feel fortunate to live in Canada where this bird has a special place in our urban settings, in our wilderness, on our 'loonie', and most of all in our hearts.

This is my second attempt at voting, my first attempt was apparently unsuccessful..?

The loons call punctuates my evenings on the lake as the sun sets. It reminds me of how desolate Canada is and how even in a crowded world we are luck to have space.

My summers as a child were spent in a cabin on a small lake deep in the forest in northern Ontario. Some of my earliest and happiest memories are indelibly linked to the mournful sound of the loons on the lake.

The common loon is present in all provinces and territories of Canada and has a traditional tie with the native peoples of Canada.

Having grown up in Manitoba along the transition of the boreal forest and prairies I have had many occasions to observe the Common Loon in its natural habitat. Whether its hearing their call echo across the lake at dusk, or seeing them rise up and run across the surface of the water, or watch them silently slide by my campsite and slip under the surface it reminds me of all things that Canada is.....large and impressively beautiful, possessed with unruffled repose and marked by unruffled repose. The Common Loon gets my vote for Canada's National Bird.

I think that Canada has so many beautiful birds, which finding a National Bird can be a very hard and difficult task. After a lengthy reflection, a loon called out to me this morning. Funny enough, this loon sitting on the lake, woke me up and gave me the answer I was looking for, a cry to be Canada's National Bird.

Thank You

We live on Mississippi Lake and I see Loons on the water and hear them all the time. They like to come near our home and just stay there for a long time. I've read that they mate for life. They're just beautiful to watch.

The loon is evocative of both my childhood experiences on lakes and rivers in Ontario, and the lakes and oceans of my adult life in BC. Their call always stirs me.

I have always loved the sound of loons on the lake.

Love that they pair for life. I watch them out in front of our cabin on the Severn every weekend in the summer. So I associate them with my happy place.

Such fond memories, from childhood of being at the cottage and hearing the eery but beautiful sound of the loon calling.

I have always loved the loon and this summer I introduced my grandson and granddaughter to the loon. I love when they do their dance.

Just a beautiful bird that fills Canada's beautiful wilderness.

Evry summer since I ws a small child I have spent on Lake Muskoka and we always watch for the Loons returning. To me they have always represented Canada and in fact I thought they were the national bird.

The haunting call; the loonie and toonie, what more can I say?!!

There is nothing like being at anchor in a quiet location, sitting still in the cockpit of my sailboat, watching loons paddling past close by and listening to their distinct and memorable calls at dawn or dusk. My sailing days are past but this memory will always remain with me.

If one has had any time on any lake that isn't dotted with numerous cottages and other distractions, one would have heard the plaintiff call of our loon. It is a distinctive Canadian symbol and should be our national bird. While the candidates are admirable, this is the symbol of our Country.

There are few things as stirring, and quintessentially Canadian, as the strident ‘yodels’ of a common loon echoing across a northern lake in the hush and still of late dusk. Their voices demand reverence: I often hold my breath, and still my paddle, when they begin to call so as not to miss any of its song. So to, their large chiseled form and gorgeous plumage, surely to rival any human formal wear, elevates any body of water it occupies. A master fisher, it dives with ease and, when required, flies with conviction and purpose. The loon, like many Canadians, may not always overwinter with us, but it more than makes up for this seasonal absence by thrilling us in spring through fall. We are a land blessed with an abundance of fresh water lakes, and the loon is its emblem — strong, steadfast, immensely capable, and enduring.

On a personal level, my family has had a cottage in the Kawartha Lakes area since 1958 and enjoyed the loons in the area (as well as all of the other bird wildlife!) - hearing their calls, watching for nesting and babies each season, watching them hunting or enjoying the water. On a grander level, I feel the loon is iconic of the vast wilderness and freshwater lakes that make Canada unique as a country. I also feel the association with our "loonie" currency will help with awareness of our national bird.

The loon is Canada, beautiful and peaceful, amusing and intelligent. It has been the sound track to my life for as long as I can remember, more than 50 years.

Although loons migrate, they have their babies here in Canada.
They are a majestic bird, with a beautiful and calming call that can lull one to sleep at night. They mate for life and they don't mess up the walkways :-)

Through the Loonie The Loon is already well known as Canada's Bird.
It is also a pleasant bird - reflecting the CANADIAN CHARACTER- inhabiting the Northern Expanse of Canada, which even though less inhabited than the South it makes the major part of Canada's Territory

A bird that sounds and looks like Canada with a truly trans-country range.

The common loon is on our coins, it's a beautiful bird, with a calming almost hypnotic call. When you hear a loon call you know you are in beautiful peaceful country we call Canada, eh.

I have spent a lifetime on Georgian Bay, near Parry Sound, Ontario and the sight and sound of a Common Loon instantly takes me back to that place.

I like the loon

Canada is blessed with so many beautiful birds that it really is hard to narrow it down, isn't it? There's such a rich variety of colours, shapes and sizes out there! Our little feathered friends give us infinite joy with their calls and songs, not even aware that they're doing it - they're just going about their daily lives. Any one of them could be a winner. However, there's just something about the Common loon. We have so much natural beauty here in our country - forests, bogs, bluffs, hills, rivers, lakes, tundra - the list is practically endless. Places that most of us will never set foot on. But who has not stood on the shores of a peaceful, serene Canadian lake on a silent Canadian night, with only the stars and the moon for company? You look over the glass-like water and then you hear it.......that unmistakable call of the loon. Haunting and lonely, it speaks of our wilderness and solitude. It makes you feel that you're the only person on the planet.....but somehow, you don't mind. It's just you and the loon. And that's enough.

I would prefer the mosquito, but it wasn't an option.

To me the loon reminds me of better times. My late wife loved the loon and this bird made our camping trips in the summer complete. The distinctive call of the loon, the diving and waiting for the bird to surface and predicting where it would surface. The early morning "family swim" watching them glide along the edge of the lake will always be a treasured memory.
After I lost my wife, every time I visited dear friends at their cottage I would hear the call of the loon and I felt it was my late wife Terry saying," It's OK I am still with you and love you".
The loon will always mean love and Canada to me.

The call of the loon, across the still waters of the lake at dawn, is Canada.

Although many Canadians live in cities, our country is best represented by vast unhabituated lands, almost 90 percent of the overall territory. Much of these lands are dotted with pristine lakes. Upon many of these lakes can be heard the sounds of the loon. The cry of the loon is filled with purpose. The countryside of Canada is filled with purpose; not necessarily of profit and exploitation but of a country that blends meeting the physical and metaphysical needs of all its inhabitants.

The loon represents the peaceful sound of our wonderful country! It calms our spirit and welcomes all. It represents the strength, peace and welcoming nature of all of Canada!


No better choice than the Common Loon - sitting by a lake with some family/friends, a campfire, a few refreshing beverages and hearing the loon sign its song! Now that is Canada!

The loon and water go hand in hand, reminding us of the inestimable value of our live-giving resources. The loon has a distinctive call signalling its presence before one sees the bird. The loon is found in all parts of Canada, and has a proud place on Canada's currency.

There are a lot of good reasons for the loon to be the national bird, and they are very well laid out in many of the essays I have read, but the icing on the cake is that if the loon becomes the national bird Ontario might have to pick a new provincial bird and this strikes me as funny.

I have heard the loon call from Nova Scotia to Ontario to BC. When travelling overseas the Canadians are easily identifiable by their ability to make a loon call while blowing through their thumbs.

What better sound to wake up to first thing in the morning.......then to hear the cry of the loon. :^)

The haunting call of the loon on one of Canada's many lakes is so pleasing to the ear.

The Common Loon and its very recognizable call represents Canada's vast wilderness and its many, many lakes. It can be found across Canada most of the year and breeds here.

There is nothing like lying in bed at night at the cottage and listening to the Loons calling back and forth. I can lie there knowing that if they are there, there is food for them to eat and the lake is still healthy. I can let the noise lull me to sleep, knowing that they are there, mated for life, raising their families if they have been lucky enough to have one that year, and family life is good.
So many of these birds are worthy of winning this, but I believe that most Canadians, even if they don't own a cottage on a lake, know the Loon and what it's call sounds like...
There is also the fact that I don't believe, of all the Countries in this world, that any we mind being a bit "loonie"....if that means easily loving our Country without all the complaints heard from other parts of the world about governments, politicians and living conditions. I will happily be a Loonie Canadian!!!

anyone who has had the privilege of spending time around the small lakes in much of Canada would have to agree that the common loon is one of the most beautiful and enchanting birds in our country and with it's eerie, lonely call is certainly a symbol of Canada's vast unspoiled wildernesses.

When the loon appears on a lake, it is like the visit of royalty. Every Canadian who happens to be in the area gets down to the shore to admire its graceful glide across the waters. We proudly point to visitors that this is the LOON, our very own special bird. Its call resonates deeply in our soul, as if the grandeur and majesty of our great country speaks to something deep inside us. It is faithful to its mate for life and returns every year to its permanent abode on the same lake, Like many Canadians, it seeks warm countries for winter but faithfully returns home to its lake in Canada every spring. Isn't it already on the Canadian one dollar coin which we affectionately refer to as the "looney"? Naming it the national bird of Canada would just confirm this choice.

I vote for the loon because their haunting and eerie call is the epitome of true Canadian north.
Thank you.

Great bird - good parent - peaceful bird -

I think its a beautiful bird and would be proud to see it as Canada National Bird

What bird more represents the vast wilderness of Canada and naming the loon as our national bird connects it to our $1 coin, the Looonie.

In Canada, the Loon is ubiquitous..mike

There is nothing more thrilling or calming thank sitting in a deck chair, the night skies overhead and hearing the call of the Loon. I cannot believe that the Loon has not already been declared Canada's National bird. They are the most loyal, beautiful and caring birds. They mate for life, take care of and teach their young how to survive in our waters and they are so majestic to watch.
The Loon gets my vote for sure.

It's song is awsome. It echoes over our lakes and land. It deserves the first rank.

Wherever I am if I see a picture of a loon. My first thought is Canada. Very peaceful . It just means " home "

The haunting sound is soooo Canadian for me.

My choice is the common loon. Because the loon lives in all of the provinces and territories I believe it should be Canada's national bird. Anyone who has visited a lake or stream anywhere in Canada will be impressed by its haunting call. Sturdy, strong and beautiful it epitomizes the true Canadian spirit.

love the haunting call in the morning on a mist covered lake

Haunting call but very pleasing as it can be heard in peaceful lake country. Grew up hearing the call at our cottage.

if you'e ever stayed at Canadian lake its a no-brainer

The loon truly represents CANADA, with its haunting summer lake calls! We learn from a young age about this bird, and to recognize its music. Its already represented on our currency, and hopefully soon the world will recognize it as OUR bird. The loon already represents us as a people - let's make it official !

Really? Maybe it's just me but this seems like a pretty ovious choice.

The loon is majestic, beautiful, peaceful like the average Canadian. The first time I saw the loon, I was taken aside from it's beauty and presence. I think it represents Canada

I feel the majority of Caandians have more chance to see a loon in their live time than a snowy owl. I had a hard time deciding which one to choose. It was a close call.

It is a beautiful bird - distinctive in looks and in cry and evokes a feeling of
what Canada is.

A beautiful bird

Love the northern Canadian lake experience and the sound of the loon.

My favorite.

Many years ago my friends and I would attend the Saturday morning events at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Sixty- five years ago we knew every section and every display on all floors of this Museum..any new addition to an exhibit would cause a stir amongst us. The culmination of our museum visit would often be a seat in the theatre to view a movie. Today, every time I hear a Loon's erie call on the St.Lawrence River, the LOON'S NECKLACE film at that impressive Museum comes to mind. The Loon- their calls, their beautiful calm movements over the water and lasting good memories ...all contribute to my choice to vote for the Common Loon.

The loon is very special to me. In all the world it is my favourite. Since it inhabits every province and is already identified with Canada it should be our national bird.

Like allot of Canadians it stays around for the good weather and only mates in Canada

Lovely, haunting call and absolutely beautiful!

In the memory of my parents who have passed away. I have vivid memories of waking up as a child in cottage country in Sask hearing the call of the loon.

I love the sounds of the loons at night. There is so much aboriginal art work that depicts the loon.

With so much water around us, the loon and his unique song represent best our special country.

The common loon is so symbolic of Canada. Love the loon!!!

All birds are beautiful; however, OUR loon has special markings and the CALL of the loon is above any other bird. It is truly Canadian.
Look forward each year to seeing it at various lakes and watching as they have their young on their backs. Their eyes are also special.
I have only seen in Canadian waters.
My 2nd choice would be the snowy owl.

A good choice because it's here in Canada all year. The call is very distinct and most Canadians would recognize it when they see it.

The loon has a unique call, just as Canada is unique with it natural resources. It also lives on our lakes, we are blessed with so many lakes and it also lives across Canada.

The loon has unofficial been considered our national bird - appearing on our loonie, and I feel it's only fitting that it become official.

Evening at camp isn't complete till we hear the loons calling to each other.

With our Loonie dollar,it only makes sense the Loonie should be our National Bird

We live on Rocky Lake in North Manitoba, and during the summer enjoy
listening to the Call of the Wild.

Who can ever forget the haunting cry of the loon on northern lakes?

The haunting call of the loon best describes our beautiful Canadian Lakes.

The beauty of this bird goes along with its mysterious call, calms the soul

Such a great representation of the great water pools in our country.

The loon is one of my favourite Birds. I enjoy listening to the distinctively eerie sound it makes. It reminds of a ghostly misty morning at Cyprus Lake when my wife and I were exploring the wilderness with our 1 and 3 month old son, 32 years ago. And to this day, I can still remember that awesome song.

Every day I awaken to either the sight or sound of a loon in or near our bay! This summer, a special loon family of 3 has been seen all around Kahshe Lake. The loon has such a majestic appearance floating on the water. Many days I have sat on the dock watching a loon dive for food, flutter and spread its wings and call out with that distinctive, shrill coo that at times, seems to change intonation- seemingly communicating different messages. When I'm at the lake, the loon is part of my favorite ecosystem- and worthy of being our national bird!

I can't wait for the loons to arrive on our lake every spring and hear there soulful call.i find it welcoming . Thankyou

I feel that the loon should be the national bird as most people already feel it is. It's an elegant bird very relaxing to hear the loon song. It has amazing detreminztion just like Canadian people do they work hard for what they have

The loon is my vote as I call it a classy bird, strong ,beautiful,, protective of its family,both parents stay to help their fledgling mature to make them ready to leave their sides,

Since the loon is on our $ it would be a good choice and would get international attention.


Beautiful bird and a wonderful, haunting call .. Truly represents Canada

The song of the Loon haunts the Canadian soul and is a constant reminder that we must be humbled by the beauty of nature and how every species must co-exist in order to survive. We see this lesson being played out in Canada's willingness to open our borders to immigrants, in our policies to protect the planet, and our return to peacekeeping and humanitarian support for war torn countries and those experiencing natural disasters. B

The common loon is already an icon on the Loonie coin and the bird is probably found from coast to coast to coast in Canada, and well represents Canada as a nation in its northern habitation.

The grace and elegance of this bird. The call of strength in it call.

Love to hear the loons call in the evening

The call of the Common Loon brings images of Canada to mind

The Common Loon is Canada's Narional bird.
It's lonely cries fill our lakes and forests, calling us all in the night for a late night swim or paddle.
Come come down to the lake. From your cottages, campers and tents. Witness my my beauty and strength. Hear my throughty yodels and u will learn what I know. Protect and do not disturb me. I am the Gaurdian of the lake. Your friend the Loon.

beautiful to look at enjoyable to listen to, what else is there

A beautiful bird that has a song that is heard across our many lakes in the quiet north and vast cottage country!! Canadians are known for their peaceful and quiet ways just as the loon signifies!

enjoy the loons call.the call of the wild

The loon's distinctive and bold call across a beautiful clear Lake is a sound and sight you won't forget. Proud to announce its presence and celebrate our natural rugged terrain, the loon represents the best of being Canadian.

I think the loon epitomizes the history of Canada as a nation of water. Water was an essential transportation system that effectively opened our country to exploration and settlement. The loon was there for all of that history. In fact, the loon was here before our history as a nation began. As an ancient species, the loon could in some ways be called the first Canadian.

Favorite childhood memories camping and listening to loon calls.

The loon, in my opinion, is representive of all provinces and territories and is my choice for Canada's National Bird.

The loon, in my opinion, is representive of all provinces and territories and is my choice for Canada's National Bird.

I've selected the common loon as they mate for life.

Canada's bird......

First off i cannot believe that Canada has been in existence 150 years and we do not have a National Bird, however my choice is for the Common Loon. It is a beautiful bird. The call of the Loon draws one to nature. It is also a peaceful, calm bird, how Canadian is that.

Having grown up in Northern Ontario, with loons nesting at the shore, and young loons playing tag with my canoe in the early mornings, and, espite my affection for many other birds that seem so "Canadian", there can be no doubt that the loon's wild haunting call is woven deep into the fabric of our Country, and so gets my vote.

The haunting call, included in songs such as Wheat Kings... Learning to make the sound as a kid with my hands & of course- the loonie! I had no idea we didn't even have a national bird. I would have guessed the Loon was it.

It was a bird species that I heard first when I moved to my current home . I wondered which species was making that haunting sound. It is on our currency. The term loonie is now embedded in our money and culture as well. It is a mysterious, tough, haunting, and unique sounding bird. Especially to those who camp, live near lakes, rivers or for those who escape the busy city centre can always recall the sound of the loon as it greets all of us to share a bit of respite and solace, and welcomes us to recharge our soul in our Canadian wilderness.

Holidays are represented by Loons greating us from the water. Their call across a still lake in the evening is unforgettable. They are seen closely caring for their young, and amaze us with a powerful underwater swimming ability.
P.S. They do their business on shore, even though it's difficult for them to walk, they do not soil the water. We can all take a lesson from the Loon.

We have experienced the wonderful call of the loon in many parts of Canada. Our most spectacular experience with loons was in Rushing River Provincial Park near Kenora ,Ontario. We were returning from Saskatchewan and were tenting when we heard the incredible sound of many loons which we later learned was a "loon convention". The next morning we spoke to neighboring tenters from Kansas and they would come to Rushing River in late August to experience the annual loon convention. During the summer we are blessed almost daily with the loon sounds and sightings on Lake Kashwakamak where we own a cottage.

It's beauty, it's haunting call, the majestic loon of the loon is why I feel it should represent Canada. It is a very recognized bird throughout Canada....

What could be more Canadian than canoeing deep into the wilderness, portaging through our Canadian shield to get to a secluded camp site with a lake all to yourself, with nothing but nature's sounds around you. You sit out on a rock by the water, listening to the waves slowly caressing the shoreline, cradled by the comforting arms of the red pine, marvelling at the majestic white pine in the distance, with the familiar and comforting call of the common loon bouncing off the rock all around you saying goodnight. After a night in the fresh pine air you wake up to the loons calling to you to start the day. There is really nothing at all common about them - they bring magic, beauty and a sense of peace wherever they are heard. They are stunning and graceful to watch. If you are lucky enough, as I have been, you get to experience gatherings that flood the air with the sound of their call - breathtaking! There is really nothing quite like it. There is no mistaking it - if you hear their magical call, you are in Canada.

There is nothing so invigorating than the sound of the loon. It is a majestic bird with beautiful colours.Their song is a chilling experience than you will never forget.

There is nothing so invigorating than the sound of the loon. It is a majestic bird with beautiful colours.Their song is a chilling experience than you will never forget.

The Canada Common loon, is the most peaceful and majestic bird, it is the king of the Canadian environment and i wait every morning to hear its cry to get out f bed. The most beautiful scene I have seen was a mother loon on the lake with one chick on its back.

The song of the loon is hauntingly beautiful. It arouses images of serene lakes and the precious Canadian wilderness.

My home is Northern Ontario - what else is there to say??

A beautiful bird.

So many beautiful birds on this list, the snowy owl, our beloved blue jays, the white throated sparrow whom I've always known as our "O Canada" bird, our maritime "penguins" the Atlantic Puffins that I had the good fortune to visit this summer and the Great Blue Heron that always makes me catch my breath when it takes me by surprise with all its majesty. You have a very hard job ahead. BUT.. if I am to pick a bird that represents Canada to me then it must be the Common Loon. This beautiful, resilient, intelligent bird are like family who I visit at my dockside each summer and the call of the loon is the most beautiful haunting sound on earth.

There is no province in Canada that does not have the loon living there

Beautiful looking and sounding bird

Everyone knows it's call!

love the sound it makes and it is on our twoonie

The Loon is among the most beautiful birds IN Canada which reflects the nature of Canada. The loon is also shy and demurring which reflects the character of Canadians (until someone lays down the gloves).
There is no more beautiful sound than the sound of a Loon's call while out camping on the edge of a lake. This wonderful, unforgettable sound is imbedded in the Canadian soul from the first time it is heard. Any visitor to Canada will savour this beautiful sound and remember it for a lifetime.

This bird is in every province and territory it's morning call is the testament to Canadian living and culture.

My fondest memory of the loon comes from visiting Jasper National Park 20 years ago with my mother and sister. It was
raining slightly and 3 loons flew into the lake all making the most wonderful sounds. It was like music to my ears and positively thrilling!

Easily the most haunting call of any bird out there. Reminds me of the great out of doors and my love for it

Choice - loon

One bird who is known all directions in Camada. I've lived north, east and west and south. One comma a
It is the haunting sound of the loon. It's a must...

Their beauty, loyalty and haunting song. Also my husband used his loon call to attract his mate!

Always thought the Loon was already our national bird.

Sound of the loon over a beautiful lake at sunset- what could be better.

Our loon is basically the call of the wild - it is Canada!

When my family goes camping..the one sound we love at night to put us to sleep is the call of the Loon. We love all birds, to wake up to but there is nothing better when looking at the stars and hearing that beautiful and unique sound of the calling of the loon.

With Canada having the most number of lakes in the world the choice is only logical. Every person has gone to bed and been awaken to the beautiful and highly recognizable call of the Common Loon.

Having travelled in all the provinces in our great country; I have always been mesmerized by the call on the loon and the beauty of the grace of the bird. I feel that is a wildly recognized symbols of our counry.

Honored on our coin, beautiful \ soothing voice,

Our loon is basically the call of the wild - it is Canada!

when I heard about this on the news this morning, my immediate thought and image was of loons gathering in Long Bay on Manitoulin Island ... I heard their calls and shivers ran over me (the good ones)

I love them all but it is the LOON who surfaced first :o)

An excellent 'family' bird. Not perceived as a nuisance like a bluejay. It speaks quietly, but people sit up and take notice when it calls.

Some of my fondest memories are watching Mother Loons & their babies swimming, fishing & singing their mournful song, while boating on Lake Onaping in north eastern Ontario.

Both my husband and myself would like to vote for the loon.Our favourite thing to do at the lake is to lay in bed with the window open and listen to their haunting songs all night long..they are incredibly special to us.

It's the most soothing noise when ur camping and the sun is setting

The Common Loon is a majestic bird that is an appropriate reflection of Canada in its beauty. The Common Loon can be found across Canada making it even more worthy of the designation of "National Bird".

A diving pro, is a skill that enables this specie to survive wherever they are. Water and food is life and the ability to find food in the many lakes and rivers and the Atlantic Ocean, is sufficient to enable all Canadians to be extremely proud of having a self-sufficient beautiful bird, that is found across Canada, as our National Bird. Go Common Loon.

Cottage mornings.

The loon is a majestic bird with a distinct call that is very unique to this great Canadian wilderness. It is awesome.

Not just the most beautiful bird but you can also hear him - he belongs to the top Canadian sounds in nature.

jokingly ... he is also a typical Canadian ... "squawk" a lot and when it gets hot ... hi dives.

BTW - I know loons don't squawk but since a discrete transponder code (often called a squawk code) is assigned by air traffic controllers to uniquely identify an aircraft ... I think loons do squawk.

Love the soothing sound of the Loon and that it resides pretty much in Canada.

No other bird embodies the Canadian spirit than the Common Loon. It already graces our "LOONIE" coin so lets assure this beautiful bird and its infectious call is Canadian coast to coast. Listen to the call of the Loon and be infected by this bird yourself.

I personally associate the Loon call with camping, relaxing, vacation, and nature. This is why I would like to select the Loon

The loon is familiar to all from coast to coast. It truly represents the sound of Canada.

Second.. blue jayCFFE9

The common Loon is the unwritten national bird. It is present in present in most corners in Canada and it's sound resonates across the many lakes.

the loon is a peaceful, beautiful bird with a lovely voice which symbolizes Canada in its entirety.

It's a no-brainer. The Loon is the winner, hands down.

love the loon.

I luv the call of the loon early in the morning and late in the evening.

The haunting beauty off this animal when out in the Canadian wilderness makes this a easy choice.

The Common Loon.
How can I ever forget my childhood summers at the family cottage in Dorset, Ontario. Listening to the mournful sound of the loons as they call across the misty lake. Waiting every summer to see them emerge with their babies in tow.
Even now, living in rural Ontario, I await summer just to hear the loon as it flies over my house from one lake to the other. Every year, without fail, it never lets me down.
The Loon is a Canadian icon, never to be forgotten!

Loons can be seen and heard on all lakes in Northwestern Ontario and on lakes throughout all of Canada. Their presence adds to this already beautiful and scenic country.

There is nothing more Canadian than listening to the call of the loon over the lake especially at night when everything else is quiet.

I love Commmon Loon.

Just love them........

the loon is an amazing animal and it is based on our currency which is really important.

the loon is an amazing animal and it is based on our currency which is really important.

Summer's at the lake with loons, that is Canada at it's best!

Having grown up in Ontario and spending my summers on our plentiful lakes, I knew I was home when I heard the haunting call of the loons. This is Canada!

Its haunting call, heard throughout many summers, at our LOW cottage,
is like nothing else on earth. That first glimpse of a loon, after a long winter, is thrilling.

the most beautiful an ilusif bird only a few on lales

the most beautiful an ilusif bird only a few on lales

Since I was a child whenever I hear a loon it stirs in me a feeling of being "home". I have a beautiful painting of a loon done by a painter, Greg Backwell, who hid images of cartoon characters within the painting and called it "Looney Toons".

When we came to Canada as immigrants in l950 we lived in Northern Ontario and that is where I came to love the North and the sound of the loon - such a beautiful haunting sound! I really hope that this bird remains as the emblem of Canada.

The loon's call is the sound of Canada's wilderness.

I can't imagine calling a dollar a "Snowy".

I grew up near Algonquin Park and the call of the loons will be part of me forever.

Every time I am able to escape the hectic, noisy city with my canoe to the beautiful lakes and bays of Ontario, there is no more defining a moment than hearing the mesmerizing echo of my favourite bird across the water. It is always on first contact with the loon and watching and listening to this majestic creature that form head to toe I am able to relax. I am at peace with my surroundings and in love once again with my Province and my Country.
I have been to many exotic and beautiful locations around the world but there is no doubt that the natural beauty of Canada is by far the best. And it all begins with the call of the loon.

The Loon is an graceful bird that is a joy to see when bobbing about on the waters in cottage country.

(insert sound of the loon, late night at the cottage)

The Loon is an graceful bird that is a joy to see when bobbing about on the waters in cottage country.

The loon to me has already been established as our Canadian bird by issuing a coin with a looney!

The hauntingly plaintive call of the loon is recognizable to every Canadian. Serene and beautiful .

A noble bird very much connected to its habitat, returning every year; carries its young on its back (both males and females), haunting call at night in the vast lakes of our beautiful country; featured on our dollar coin from coast to coast to coast, a powerful swimmer,

living on a lake how can you not vote for the loon always makes you feel good

The sound of the loon means canoe rides at the cottage and our beautiful lakes and rivers.

This is a no brainer..........has to be the Loon

The beautiful common loon is ubiquitous to Canadian summer vacations and September quiet on the water.

The loon has to be the most iconic Canadian bird, who isn't taken in by its mournful cry across a still Canadian lake and the answering call from the other side. To me, this is the epitome of Canada and all its beauty.

I chose the loon because it is on our one dollar piece and has been since 1987. Therefore it should also be our national bird if we put it on something as valuable as our dollar.

It's a no-brainer....the Loon should win, hands down.!

I chose the loon because it is on our one dollar piece and has been since 1987. Therefore it should also be our national bird if we put it on something as valuable as our dollar.


I love there sound on the millions of lakes in Canada.

Common Loon with its hauntingly beautiful call truly symbolizes Canada.

I have loved the loon since childhood They are just part of Canadian cottage life

A noble bird very much connected to its habitat, returning every year; carries its young on its back (both males and females), haunting call at night in the vast lakes of our beautiful country; featured on our dollar coin from coast to coast to coast, a powerful swimmer,

Love everything about the loon, especially it's call.

Beautiful bird. Excellent swimmer. Outstanding diver. Superb Fisher. Cheerful call. Iconic. The loon is on our paper money and our dollar coin. Not reviled as is the over populated goose.

A noble bird very much connected to its habitat, returning every year; carries its young on its back (both males and females), haunting call at night in the vast lakes of our beautiful country; featured on our dollar coin from coast to coast to coast, a powerful swimmer,

No question the eerie sound of the loon at night here in Muskoka is classic.

We have loons on our cottage lake. We have fewer on our lake each year. Something is happening to them and maybe making them our National Bird will raise an awareness for the Loon. Nothing says northern Ontario or Canada like the loon.
The haunting quality of its many different calls.
The fact that we have the Loon on our one dollar coin.
I'm quite irritated when it shows up in movies and tv shows in inappropriate spots.

Represents Canada's vast and different climate and territory.

coast to coast - beautiful bird.

Canada needs a bird which we all can recognize throughout Canada.

I love the calming effect of the cry of the loon on my lake--at night

Let love the loons call at night and it is a fine species to represent Canada since it can be found in every province.


I feel that the Common Loon is emblematic of the Canadian North.

I think the common loon with its haunting call best symbolizes the beauty of the abundance of natural areas in Canada that are still available for the the people of Canada to enjoy.

The call of the loon lets me know I am in a beautiful part of my homeland, Canada. That call reminds me that I am but a part of this land, and that without the wildlife and landscapes, Canada wouldn't be Canada.

I associate This bird with my trips to my family's cottage.

We hear the call of the loon often as we play golf in Western Newfoundland at the Humber Valley Golf Resort. Always stop to listen and enjoy this mournful call!

You only have to sitting by a northern lake early in the morning and hear that call!

I love their song!

The Common Loon is the sound of summer , many years of camping in the north has made me come to love the Loons call . its peaceful song can be heard throughout the cottage country of Ontario. For me it means a cup of coffee and a mornings misty view on the lake with the song of the loon echoing across the water .

the Common Loon is the only bird I go camping and listen for in the middle of night from my tent - the sound of the Common Loon is magical and iconically Canadian.

Living near Lake of the Woods I hear the call of the loon almost daily. The call of the loon echoes through the still of the evening and puts the day to rest.

I lived on the lake for many years and there is nothing like the sound of
the loon. and to watch the babies following behind their mother he sight is
like no other.

There is something so majestic about the loon, they so bring nature into the picture for me and we have awesome landscape across our land. I love taking photos of them in the water and we have so much. I like it that the male and female stay together. Love listening to their call. They are beautiful birds.

A beautiful, majestic, calm, national bird!HB

The plaintive call of the loon is one of the most haunting, beautiful sounds I've ever heard. It's easily recognisable, stamped on our dollar coin, and familiar to almost all Canadians. I think it's an appropriate choice for our national bird.

Beautiful unique bird and call which
breeds and nests ONLY in Canada and is already on our $1 coin !
People have always associated the common loon with the northern lakes and woods of our country so it's already the "unofficial" national bird !

That's why it is way out front in the voting !!!

Peaceful sounding, welcoming and majestic.

Beautiful bird, beautiful call, and on our national currency.....and was getting very low in numbers at one time but has made a comeback.....

The loon is a very attractive, entertaining and interesting character. Haunting calls in the night and crazy antics on the many lakes in Canada make it a cherished and welcome contributor to the Canadian wildlife identity!

We always enjoyed the Loon at our cottage - been our favourite bird for decades

The Common Loon should be chosen as Canada's Bird because over 80 percent of the world's Loons migrate to Canada to nest every year. Their call is the most recognized and loved sound one hears on our lakes, synonymous with kicking back and enjoying nature and good times. The Loon is truly Canada's species to love and protect.

It has such a lovely call. Hearing a loon call in the morning while there is mist on the water is magical. Watched The Loon's Necklace on CBC as a child. A magical story...

I love the sound of the loon and how they carry their babies on their back.

Because it is on our money and it connects us to/with. Our country.

The loon is the bird that all Canadians identify with. They are peaceful and strikingly beautiful. Caring for their young is their prime activity. They mate for life and are adaptable to any situation.
They are much like our fantastic Canadian citizens and when we hear that call the start of each summer, it is call to relax and enjoy our families.
They also head to the warmer areas during the winter months to get warm, just like our snowbirds.

I love the soubd the loon makes on our many beautiful lakes.

The loon is found all across Canada and I look forward to seeing this beautiful bird whenever inear or on the water on lakes in the Ottawa area or wherever I am . ZBYIt's call is haunting!!!

I have grown up with e common loon on every lake where I have lived. I am a Girl Guide, Guider, still at the age of 67 and our local Girl Guide camp has the loon on the camp crest because we wake up every morning hearing the loons call.
The loon is on our dollar coin because it is so common across our country. Everyone loves the call,of the loon and when we hear it we think Canada!!!!!!
For me, the loon is the most logical symbol for our national bird. They live on all the waters of country....lakes and seas.....and is found in every province and territory. It has to be the common loon.....because it is just that.....common in Canada.

Etched in my memory from childhood on - sleeping at the cottage in the 1000 Islands...eerie and yet comforting call of the loons.

The common loon is a strong, majestic and solitude bird. It's beauty is representative of that of the Canadian landscape and it's haunting call and solutude nature is representative of our northern climate.

I learned today about voting for our national bird. I saw my choices on TV; the Loon, the Snowy Owl or even the Blue Jay. What came to mind about the Blue Jay was baseball. The Snowy Owl was the North. The Loon Canada's lakes and the early morning Loon song. So this is why I think the Loon should be Canada's national bird.

The call of a loon at dusk, echoing across the lake, is my favourite Canadian sound. I would be proud to call the common loon our national bird.

Soothing peaceful cal which reflects Canada.

Nothing compares to the wake up call of the common loon. Sweet memories of my youth of canoe trips to Québecs northern parcs with my dad and brothers resurge throughout my adulthood, to me the call of the loon is to remind us that today, a new day begins.

IThe loon is a canadian symbol, on the back of our coins,
They are such beautiful birds, who have a beautiful call
These birds mate for life they are a symbol of unity and stability
Their call is memorizing and calming

A beautiful call in the night by a lake represents the peace we all love. In daytime we can see the loons making long dives for fish under water. Black and white markings and a long beak distinguish this beautiful bird. I vote for the loon as Canada's national bird.

The Loon is so peaceful when you hear it's call.

A beautiful call in the night by a lake represents the peace we all love. In daytime we can see the loons making long dives for fish under water. Black and white markings and a long beak distinguish this beautiful bird. I vote for the loon as Canada's national bird.

The national birds of Canada should be the Loon. It's already in here. And here it should stay. Everyday people have it with them in the form of our loonie, be it a form of currency or a sign of good luck or just a coin grandparents can give our grandchildren.
When traveling around this wonderful country the most common sound we hear is the call of the loon, peaceful, tranquil, and welcoming.

Because Canadiens are Loony

I just love the loons at our cottage and associate them with Canada :)

When i go canoing early in the morning that beautiful sound that come off the lake makes me so happy.

When I seeor hear a loon it makes me happy and at peace. I smile thinking of our beautiful natural world around us.

The Common Loon represents Canadians - determined, quiet confidence, independent but social, loyal to family and friends; and be counted on when needed

Love the sound and peaceful mood the loon sets and enhances the truly Canadian cottage experience.

I always thought that the loon was our national bird. I was surprised to hear we didn't have one.
My vote goes to the loon.

Most Canadians have spent some time near a lake, and the beautiful loon calls are a welcome beacon. The sight of a female loon carrying her young is reminiscent of the caring nature of Canadians as a whole.

I vote for the Common Loon as our national bird. Significantly, it's found in all provinces and territories. It's unique and beautiful call, for some reason, never fails to catch my attention and make me feel proud to be a Canadian.

There is nothing more beautiful and zen-like than the call of the loon. He has sung me to sleep many evenings at the cottage. You will see carvings and paintings of loons at pretty much any art gallery. They are an exquisite looking unique to Canada

The sound of the common loon heard throughout my childhood is the sound of Canada.

Love to hear the loon early in the morning.

The most beautiful bird I remember growing up, enjoying the Canadian
camping experience. A call so unique. A sound I can never forget and always
a bird I connect as a true Canadian.

Love its beauty and calmness. Majority of its breeding takes place in Canada.

The Loon is indigenous to Canada and we already have a coin named after it. Time to name it as Canada's National Bird.

obvious choice

The common loon is very Canadian. They only breed in Canada. The loon call is a wonderful call to all who hear.

Once at a remote lake in Northern Ontario about 20 loons were swimming by. As they saw us they all swam closer to shore to check us out. We said hello. That was cool.

I love their intriguing call on the St. John river by my home.

It has a beautiful presence with its appearance and call. We the north !

I voted for the Loon because it's beautifull call represents one of the best memories of my chilhood. Summers spent with my grands-parents at the cottage in Nova-Scotia.

The Common Loon speaks to our incredible remote beauty and our unique work within the world.
The Common Loon is large, valuable, effective, and non-aggressive, living peacefully with it's neighbours, just like Canada.

The sound of a Loons call always sends a thrill through my body. One of the most beautiful sounds to be heard anywhere in the world.

Haunting, peaceful and Canada is its breeding ground.

A beautiful and intelligent bird with a call that is not only so unique but one that invokes your curiosity and respect no matter where you here it.
We once observed a mother loon and her two babies a lake on in Quebec and the way she was paying attention to every detail around her and kept her most determined eyes on her babies showed a level on intelligence I have not seen in many other birds. And let's not forget our loonie..

We travel 5 months of the year outside of Canada, we pull out loonies to give to people who wants to relate to Canada.
We live by a Lake in Ontario and go to sleep by the loons calling their mates , It is a romantic haunting call.
Loons are also a sign of stability, and uniity, they stay together as mates for life.
We also have a houseboat renttal company, our clients from all over the world , all are wanting to see loons, which we can gaurantee they will see and here them. They are a very beautiful bird also.

I picked the loon because they stay close to water and because we have a loon on our dollar coin that we named the Loonie.

There is nothing quite like waking up at a cottage on a beautiful summer morning to the soulful sound of a loon. Its beautiful voice breaks the silence as a reminder that one is not alone. Loons mate for life, protect their young and harm no one. They symbolize the uniqueness of their species as well as the uniqueness of being a Canadian. We are not so different.

Only in Canada. Is beautiful and mates for life representing true love.

Quiet and peaceful .it represents wilderness

A bird whose unique sound echoes across Canada's peaceful and beautiful natural environment.

We are blessed to live on Otty Lake and annually have a resident pair of loons in our bay where they nest on a small island. Unfortunately no young in 2016. Perhaps they'll celebrate 2017 with a pair of young ones?

Like our Loonie, It's very Canadian,and a beautiful symbol of Canadian nature.

Love to hear the cry of the loon. Also the First Nations peoples have beautiful legends about the Loon so choosing it as our National Bird honours them as well.

The call of the loon reminds me of home and summers at the lake.

I love the call of the loon...reminds me of northern parts of Canada.

The common loon is by the far most iconic symbol of Canadian birdlife there is. To see one or to hear its call from a distance is a reminder that you are in nature and blessed by a truly Canadian experience.

A bird whose unique sound echoes across Canada's peaceful and beautiful natural environment.

Saw/heard Loons in Northern Quebec.
Beautiful !

The loon is an example of exceptional family values - it's a treat to watch the babies riding on their parents's backs.

The loon has always been my favorite bird. I look forward to going to the lake to hear it's call.

I love the haunting cry of the loon in the summer time at many of our Canadian Lakes. Seems very Canadian to me!Q2RE

Sounds like a coyote!

Such a Canadian sound in the summer It deserves to be our bird!

There is something about hearing the call of the Loon that sends a warm feeling of welcome. It's as if the Loon is saying you are truly in the outdoors and in the wilderness. This is what happens when people respect and care for their land. The call gives me a sense of serenity, peace and the feeling of awe. When God created this world he gave each of us a part to play in our world and he put the Loon and it's call in the right environment. The Loon represents calm, peace and style. A beautiful bird to represent our land.

The call of the loon is a Canadian sound!

All birds listed are fabulous however the sound of a loon on a sun setting lake is the best serenity sound ever!

Obviously the sound of a loons call while camping by a lake or at a cottage is a soothing comforting evening song - much like a mother tucking her little child to bed. Seeing one in day, slowly passing on the surface of a calm lake is just as comforting of the world of nature all being in order.

An amazing mysterious bird. Beautiful with a distinctive, mournful cry.

I love their beauty and grace, and their call is so peaceful.

Beautiful and serene loyal

An amazing mysterious bird. Beautiful with a distinctive, mournful cry.

The loon's call ,penetrates to your heart .

Love it!

I'm fortunate enough to live on Lake Simcoe and am regularly treated to a family of loons in front of my house. It is such a privilege to be this close to such a graceful, quintessentially Canadian animal. I feel very Canadian every time I see them. Thank you. Jen

Loon - for sure

loon is a beautiful & mysterious & is very peaceful

Loons are great swimmers...just like Canada's swim team in the recent Olympics!

Beautiful haunting call. Lovely bird.

Hands down, the Loon should be our Bird.


I hear the loons every day. They are so peaceful and are just so CanadIan.

Loons are great swimmers...just like Canada's swim team in the recent Olympics!

Peaceful, calm with a unique call. Truly Canadian.

Their haunting call is so magnetic and typifies Canada.

The presence of the loon at our country home is an iconic symbol of the peacefulness and serenity of where we live. We look forward to their call and their flapping of wings overhead each time we visit. It is the epitome of contentment of home. So Canadian.

The loon is a majestic protected bird. It is often depicted in paintings and native crafts.

From the early days of camping with my parents, to a recent outing in Newfoundland, the call of a loon just seems to evoke find memories of good times.

The common Loon is distinctive in appearance and sound and reflective of Canada ' s northern regions.

Common loon. So simple yet so beautiful. I see the loon everywhere from my money to my swimming pool! Canada and the loon ...two beauties 😘😘😘

It's iconic & is on the $1 coin.

The loon has been the unofficial National Bird of Canada for years they set examples of strength
Loyalty snd just plain Canadian

It's on the loonie, hense it's nickname.

It's on our dollar, for crying out loud. There's no bird more Canadian than this one. (PS - I know my address says United States, but I'm Canadian. I promise!)

beautiful, big bird

The Loon is an obvious choice. With thousands of lakes in Canada and the loon being a bird we see on lakes I think there is no question which bird should be our national bird!

I believe the Common loon represents this country vary well...and most Canadians already recognize unofficially as our national bird.

The range of the loon covers almost all of Canada, seawater and fresh, lakes and coasts. It is one of the oldest species, almost archaic, and has trouble with small spaces. It takes a loon a long time to get airborne, and it needs a lengthy runway. And even if you can't see it, its voice can haunt you. All very Canadian traits....

Who doesn't know the loon in Canada? It already graces our money. The haunting sound of their call is instantly recognizable and evokes memories for many of us of lakeside campfires and misty mornings. Kind of a no brainer!

What other bird could it be? The sight, the sound, the serenity, the strength, all say Canada.

It is a beautiful bird that is common in many places in Canada
It represents Canadians as it is peaceful, simple, strong & majestic

The bird makes me think of clarity, beauty, peace and endurance

I lived with loons at my cottage for 42 years and felt great joy at the wonderful. Mournful call early in the morning.they swam very close to my dock. Such feelings of pleasure at every sighting.

As a child my parents introduced my to Canada travelling from sea to sea. (We never made it to the territories). And while we saw the differences i can always remember waking in the tent in the morning hearing the loons.

The loon fits with other iconic wild life (beaver,caribou,moose,polar bear, grisly bear) that visitors to Canada recognize as be true imagery that IS Canada

I am a canoeist. The sweet haunting calls of loons represent to me the wilderness of this great country.


There is truly nothing more Canadian than the haunting call of the loon. Especially in the early morning mist at the break of dawn. Sends a shiver of joy through my Canadian soul every time.

Quiet and majestic. it's call is a comforting sound on our lake. A bird that has existed for a very long time. And it's beautiful to look at.

The Common Loon can be found all across Canada, is represented on our coins, has a unique and beautiful call. Perfect choice to unite the Country.

There is nothing more that reflects the natural environment then listening to the call of the Loon, when camping in the Canadian Wilderness.

I have lived my whole life in Ontario's "lake country". A loon call is the best wake-up call at any hour. They are regal, strong and classy...very Canadian. When you have a chance to observe them, summer after summer, you have to respect their quiet presence, their unique calls, and admire their family dynamic. I vote for the LOON !

Loon of course its always been symbolic of canada

I've only seen some of the birds on your list. While growing up in Ottawa in the fall, I've seen the goose flying south, that was a great a great sight to see and hear. Once they flew by, that was it, show over.

But one early morning, waking up at our summer place having a cup of coffee, I heard a loon across the pond ( lake ). It really made my morning while listing to that loon.

That's why I pick the loon.

The enchanting call of the Common Loon is like no other. Everyone knows it & loves it's sheer beauty. We are always thrilled to hear it's call, early in the morning when the low fog is still on the lake. No matter how many times we see one we always say "oh, look, there's a Loon". They are a gift to all who see & hear them. They are on our Loonies and deserve to be our National Bird.
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute an opinion.

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They make the most beautiful sound in the wilderness.

This bird makes the most relaxing sound in the world.

Always brings fond memories of time spent at our family cottage.

My favorite sound in the summer, day or night.

The Common Loon is important to me, as I am from northern Ontario, but now living in the south of the province. When I travel north, it is the sound of the loon that reminds me of who I am, a proud northerner. I can watch a loon fish a quiet bay for hours, and never tire of timing the dives, and admiring its beauty and skill.

i like the bird

The sound of a loon on a quiet lake is so serene and represents Canada's rich natural resources.

The loon is the epitome of Canada's wilderness. It's haunting call gives voice to the soul of a great country.

The loon is a large majestic bird with a beautiful calming call. If you have ever been paddling and had one pop up beside you, you know how large they are. I have always loved the sound of their call. It says the great outdoors of our beautiful country to me. Strong, calm, wild and free. What could be more Canadian?

I heard the call of the Loon before I ever saw one and I find its song so very beautiful, haunting and strong, echoing through the distance.
On many lakes in Canada,even close to big cities, you can feel closer to nature because of this magnificent creature.
When you see a Loon floating on the surface, sleek in black and white, it belies its heft under the water.
Though all Canada's birds are equal in importance, the Loon would represent a good voice to our Nation's uniqueness, beauty, strength and nature.

The Common Loon is such a regal looking bird and their call is - to my mind - a welcoming one. Since they are found in every Province and Territory of our Country, it is the best choice.

The Common Loon is a great choice for Canada's national bird. Not only is it displayed on our unique dollar coin, it is widely seen across the entire country. The call of the loon is a wonderful reminder of the beauty and symbol of our breathtaking lakes and waterways covering our vast nation. It's majestic features are so stunning. The black and white markings are so distinct and unusual and are always appreciated by all who have the pleasure of spotting this spectacular bird.

The Common Loon reflects our wilderness and the song of the North.

What could more Canadian than the sound of the Loon as you wake up beside a lake when you are out camping. It is truly the sound of nature which is what Canada is all about.

I love the sound of their call.

The Common Loon is personal for me. Before our children were born my wife and I canoed and camped in Algonquin Park's remote lakes. The ever present Common Loon and its mournful song left nostalgic memories for us both. The Common Loon is also a family oriented bird carrying the young on its back before they are able to swim on their own. A very Canadian thing to do.
Besides our dollar coin already has the Loon's picture on it.

The loon is iconic and its call is the epitome of the Canadian wilderness. A picture of a loon immediately conjures up pictures of Cananda - internationally!

It just isn't summer without hearing the loon. Their call is most beautiful and calming. It is the north and I always smile when I hear their call.

When one thinks of Canada with its many lakes and rivers, one instinctively hears the call of the loon.

BTW, I heard on the news today that this was the last day to vote for our national bird. Since I had never heard of this project, I am assuming that not many outside of your society had heard of it. Although you will come up with a choice, I don't believe the winner can truly be voted our national bird with such a small sampling of the country voting on it.

I just love their call. It's on our money. I have seen them in Calgary and here in Newfoundland.

Very nice birds

Great morning bird

The common loon represents the wilds of Canada to me. A loon calling is also the iconic sound of Canada.

Love the sound of the. Common Loon when out for a walk near a pond , or on the walking on the beach here in Newfoundland, they stay on the water for long periods of time , then they can disappear in seconds, into the water , and you not see them for awhile , may come up. Long ways away ,
Common loon has been around for a long time ,

From my childhood I have heard the cry of the Loon and it still thrills me.

As a child growing up in Northwestern Ontario, the loon call was a common melancholy sound that hovered over the lakes. It was a call that most children mimicked after many hours of hyperventilating into cupped hands in attempts to respond to the haunting call from the calm waters. The loon is majestic and a symbol of beauty, independence, determination and invites communication with others. Canadians are hard-working, open and accepting of all cultures. The 'loonie' is iconic. Why wouldn't we vote for the Loon as our National bird? It just makes sense.

I vote for the Common Loon because it is a continuous presence in the lives of an enormous number of Canadians. It's haunting call is unique as well as beautiful. When abroad, I have always shared the sound of the loon with people who want to get an impression of life here. It makes a perfect ringtone...signalling to anyone nearby that you are Canadian! For a long time I used the original "Hockey Night In Canada" ringtone which was a head turner throughout the world, and the loon call is equally effective in identifying the Canucks in a crowded area wherever I am in the world.

I have a short essay on the loon. The loon is found all across Canada, and is not exclusive to a few areas of our country. Its haunting call in the evenings stirs one's emotions in a way that only the loon can, creating a strange loneliness deep in the heart, forever searching. This, to me, is Canada…a strange, lonely land, where its inhabitants are forever searching.

The sound of the loon drifting across a lake is quintessentially Canadian, it's the sound of summer. From my first camping trip after arriving in Canada 30 years ago to my most recent visit to a cottage the sound of the loon is the sound you need to hear to know you've arrived.

The call of the loon on the lakes is a haunting one and says Canada to me.

I canoe a lot. Seeing and hearing the Loon is a welcome encounter on any canoe trip, and gives you that sense of being in the wilderness.

The common loon is the quintessential Canadian bird, returning to our lakes each summer where they raise their families and enchant us with their calls.

I love being Canadaian and I love my loon - the beautiful, soothing sound they make is better than any sleeping pill when you can't sleep - their haunting sound fills me with peace every time I hear it and no matter where I am in our country when I hear my loons calling, I know I am home.

This is great however We should have a Canadian national animal vote. Which animal represents Canada best , include All animals from a beaver to a polar bear?
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I feel as though this bird should be the bird of Canada because it is always heard up north and has a beautiful song, I relate this bird to Canada as well because it is on our coins.

Il représente la nature de nos lacs à protéger

I have always loved the Common Loon and especially enjoy hearing it's call during the summer while at the cottage. This week while canoeing at the lake, we spotted "our loon's " silhouette and silently paddled towards it but lost out when it took a dive. Each time we sit on the deck that overlooks the lake, we search for a loon. This bird always reminds of peace, relaxation and the tranquility of our country's natural beauty. What a wonderful selection for Canada's National Bird.

Sue Hymus

The sound of the loon's call echoes the peace and contentment I feel while spending some of my favourite moments in Canada, whether camping in the backcountry of Algonquin park or summers on the many lakes of Canada.

Very pretty and peaceful on our lakes.

We already have the loon on our " Loony" It should be our National bird !...

We live on Round Lake, Havelock, Ontario. The call of the loon in spring brings the promise of good weather and there is nothing that compares to the call of the loon on a quiet summers night. I could go on and on about the loon because we watch them from their arrival to when they leave our lake. A magnificent, majestic bird.

The Loon is a beautiful, majestic bird. It has distinctive markings and a haunting call. Hearing a Loon when on or near a lake is a spiritual experience! It connects us to nature. Calming, peaceful!!! And our precious Loon can be found across Canada.

The sound that first comes to mind is the Loon.
And the flight is magestic.

I grew up going to a cottage on Charleston Lake in a cove called Loon Bay. Waking up every morning to the beautiful call of the loons became synonymous with Canadian nature and the outdoors for me. As I grew up, many people I spoke with felt the same way when I mentioned the cottage and it's loons. For a country with so many lakes, what better bird to represent Canada?

Sorry but I always thought the lion was our national bird!

My love of the Common Loon goes back many years of my life. It's haunting call at dusk to family members would and still does, give me pleasure and comfort while laying in my tent at night. This bird draws us as a people together with it's striking markings and magnificent profile bobbing atop of a lake. One can always recognize a loon as it sits higher in the water and can be easily recognized.

As a proud Canadian and with my love of the outdoors and the proud synbol of nature, feel this is the best choice for as our National Bird! Let's declare The Common Loon as the Best Choice!

I was surprised to find out that Canada does not have a national bird. I figured that since we named our dollar after the common loon, that it was our national bird. It would seem odd to me, not to declare the loon the national bird, since we already have it as a symbol of our money. If the Canada Goose became the national bird, would we change the dollar to the "goose"? or goosey? Just a thought.

Although I make light of the project, I sincerely appreciate the Royal Canadian Geographcal Society for leading such a worthwhile project. Not only will be end up with a National Bird, however it allows people like me to learn more about a wonderful and species that are so important to Canadian life.

Whatever the outcome, Canada will have a new National Bird, something to be proud of and a symbol of our great country.

I feel very proud whenever I hear a Loon while camping in Northern Ontario.To me it signifies a still wild and pristine environment that i truly hope we be able will enjoy forever.

The call of the Loon on a lake in the evening just says Canada.

It seems to cover the whole of Canada and as Canada is so large and wild the Loon's call is synonymous with the wilderness.

Loonie on $1 coin mentioned & used daily

We share our lake with these amazing birds all summer each year and their call is always the things out guests remark on.

The Loon is the greatest symbol of Canada's wild and reminds me of the poem by AJM Smith entitled The Lonely Land

Loons rock

Le huard est le symbole par excellence de la beauté naturelle du Canada et illustre bien nos valeurs concernant la protection et la préservation de la santé de nos lacs. Déjà reconnu comme symbole du Canada depuis la création de la pièce de monnaie d'un dollar, je crois qu'il devrait être sacré 'oiseau officiel" du Canada.

Although many of the birds on the list would represent Canada well, only one is on our national one dollar coin. The loon is also the only bird that can transport you immediately to the northern woods by its sound alone: close your eye, hear the call and you're there.

I think these are a very soothing bird, the call across the lake is beautiful.

The call of the common loon is a symbol of the Canadian wild. It reminds of the pristine environment with clean air, clean water and away from the humans.

It was a hard call for me because I believe both the loon and the Canadian goose are the two birds that come to mind when I think of our beautiful country. That are universal across Canada for me in our wild spaces. Hiking or camping hearing the loon's call or seeing the Canadian goose floating on a lake or flying above, nesting and calling. But I had to go with the loon because I love their call so very much

The loon has the most haunting and lovely call. It evokes a totally peaceful feeling in me. In so many ways it personifies Canada.

Their call is just a national song.

The loon cry is distinctive and echoes through many Canadian vistas, inviting you to explore our nature. Instant recognition

When we think of our summers that we spend at our cottage on a small lake, the cry of the loon instantly comes to mind. We've been so fortunate to have loons on our lake forever.

Just last month our lake president retired after forty years. I gave him a Loon Coin from the Canadian Mint because I knew that the cry of the loon would stay with him forever. The loon is such a symbol of life on a Canadian lake.

The haunting call of the loon as the sun sets over an isolated lake is the best experience you can have.

The sound of the loon is so unique. If chosen, anyone hearing the loon call will immediately think of Canada.

one awesome bird eh!

nothing more Canadian than the haunting call of the loon

The sound of the loon is so unique. If chosen, anyone hearing the loon call will immediately think of Canada.

Canada's common loon strikes me as being a true survivor in a world that is plagued with global warming and pollution.

The call of the common loon IS the sound of my Canada.

The haunting call of the Loon is truly Canadian!

On one of our coins seems fit it bécotes are national bord,plus love his song

To me the Loon represents the true Canadian life. As an immigrant to Canada and visiting the countryside, the Loon is that distinguishable call that just signifies you are in cottage country which in itself is a truly Canadian experience.

Sound at cottage says Canada. On our $1 coin and mentioned daily

Walking through the quiet forest and hearing the call of the Common Loon will always make me think of home, here in our great nation of Canada.

The call of the loon always stops me in my tracks and speaks to the surrounding beauty of our land.

Quite simply, the haunting call of the loon symbolizes our Northern landscapes and identity.

Nothing compares to the haunting call of the Common Loon to endorse our Canadian identity!

I've heard their calls at night at our cabin since I was a kid, that is Canada for me!

If it's good enough to grace our dollar coin, it certainly can be Canada's national bird.
I know that the Canada goose has the country's name but Canadians shouldn't be represented by one of the dirtiest birds in nature.

The Loon has always been the sound of the North. A true representation of Canada.

The loon is awesome!! Watching them is a great experience. ...and listening to their call is very cool....

The sound of the loon is iconic Canadian wilderness, yet even city dwellers recognize it

When I think about the Canada wild I hear the loon call

That haunting call just can't be beat

I see the summer breeding grounds cover most all of Canada so this is why I voted for this icon of the back country lakes.

Picture this: you've just paddled your way through the wavy waters of Waskesiu Lake in the blazing sunshine, you've made a few tricky portages that almost, but not quite, killed the fun vibes of the day, and you've finally made it to your campsite. After the obligatory s'mores and cold brews, you're settled into your tent and although you gave it the good ol' college try, a few mosquitos buzz in your ear. As you try and fail to get comfortable with a few errant roots sticking into your back, you hear the most Canadian sound of them all - the unforgettable melancholic cry of the loon. Now its a perfect day. #GTs

Hauntingly calls and Canadian beautiful

Signifying the season of summer, the common loon has a special place in the hearts of most Canadians. The loon is as Canadian as hockey, the Group of Seven and Tim Hortons.

The loon has the most haunting, beautiful call to its mate.

I love to see this bird in many different settings.

The most beautiful and haunting sound. There is nothing like the sound of the loon call as the mist rises from a Canadian Lake.

when i think of Canada's Birds I think of the Common Loon . Hear them even in the city

The common loon is simply a Canadian icon. Just imagine: canoeing in Algonquin amid the autumnal leaves to the sounds of the swishing paddle, whistling breeze, and the call of the loon. It's a scene straight from a Thom Thomson painting. Also, an avid birder I know is a grey jay fanatic and won't stop talking about it so I'm voting for the loon out of spite.

I tried to make a case for any other bird, but the loon is undeniable. The haunting call on a calm lake surrouded by trees is Cananda.

Any Canadian who has spent any time outdoors, especially overnight; or like myself, living in the wilderness 24/7 12 months of the year, has been hypnotized and lulled by the call of the Loon, at dawn and dusk.

There is nothing more iconic than camping in Canada and waking up to the sound of the loons on a northern Lake.

Voted for the common loon.

Je vote pour Plongeons Huard

There call is the voice of the North, strong and free.

There call is the voice of the North, strong and free.

I just love the sound of a loon.

I am a participant in the CLLS for 20 years now , & on our Horseshoe Lake, near Minden, Ont., the property owners are now aware of protecting loon families-by keeping distance from chicks/parents & 3 loon platforms have been built as we are a draw down lake for Trent water system, so lake fluctates
i have written each year for 20 years re loon awareness with good response & more responsibility
MY quandry is that I support AS WELL the bl. Ccapped chickadee as they do not leave us each winter but are like us & stay all winter! hardy !!

I enjoy listening to the call of the loon.

Great bird also symbolizes Canada's land and currency

Cet oiseau offre un chant très agréable et caractéristique. Il inspire la nature sauvage. On devrait préserver ses aires de nidification et faire connaître les besoins de cet oiseau pour s'assurer qu'il prospérera au pays.

the common loon is Canada in spirit
it is wild, loves water, loves to mate and dance
it is a northern critter will all the Northern Vigour that entails
it is shy and modestWBE but with a haunting spirited call when it feels the need
it is lovely coloured bird.
it ism my favourite symbol of the true north strong and free

I just love their calls and they are on our lake at our country house in Morin Heights, QC and will swim within about 3 metres of us. Just a lovely creature.

I am a Canadian citizen.

Common Canadian

Common Loon we love the most
Can be seen from coast to coast
Across this land gliding on lakes
All across Canada the route it takes

Nesting on islands surrounded by sea
This bird Canadian easy to see
Floats so easily dives for fish
Just as common our Friday dish

A hoot and yodel is its holler
Permanent mark Canadian dollar
Sleek pointed beak head black as kettle
Hardly seen amongst the nettle

Around its neck color green black
Extending wings or tucked in back
Whichever way Canadian beauty
Protecting this bird it is our duty

Reason why this national treasure
No other bird can even measure
Common Loon across this land
Without doubt a Canadian brand

Think Canadian anytime soon
Can't be done without the Loon
Maple leaf loved in a song
Common Loon Canadian strong

I love the sound it makes

I love the call of the Loon. For me it represents the sound of a Canadian summer at the lake.

When I was younger my family and I used to go camping at a lake not far from where I live. I always saw loons swimming about on the lake. It makes me think of home, and home is Canada. It would be awesome for us to have the Common loon as our bird!

On behalf of the loons, we humbly request that people stop calling Donald Trump a loon. Thank you.

There is no bird as hauntingly majestic as our loon! One of the loons on our family cottage lake had twins this year. We were as happy as if one of our own family members had had a successful birth!

It's cry is known world wide. A cry for the week the hurt and the disabled.

Calling loon is an incredible sound to hear...I was lucky to hear it for a few times. It is very amazing experience. Unforgettable.

J'aime le Plongeon huard comme choix d'oiseau national pour representer le Canada.
A cause de son cri, son allure fiere et independante et quand on l'a vu et entendu une fois,
On ne l 'oublie jamais......

I had the great fortune to see and hear loons when I used to go to my Aunt & Uncle's cottage at Curve Lake. I find them fascinating and I think their plaintiff call is the most peaceful and serene I have ever heard. To me it is the trademark of a vacation in Ontario (my experience) and anywhere else throughout Canada where they can be seen and heard.

When I think of Canada, in all its natural beauty, in places like Algonquin Provincial Park, as well as in throughout other local gems of the Canadian wilderness, along the waterfront, I am always brought back to the striking call of the Common Loon. Although I love birds, the Loon, to me represents the silent journey that is often undertaken in many parts of the Canadian wilderness; The journey that allows us to look within ourselves, as we grow, day- by -day with our abundant, progressive, beautiful and welcoming country. If I am not mistaken, the Common Loon is also found, to my knowledge, only in North America, while many other birds on the list are found in other parts of the world.

Our family enjoys fishing in Northern Ontario. One of the first things we like to hear is the call of the Loon. After the call we know for sure that we are exactly where we want to be and crane our necks to watch how far the loon can travel under water and also note that usually their mate is near by. They are such a beautiful bird and deserve my vote.

The sound of the Loon echoing off the lake for me, is one of the many sounds of Canada.
The haunting lament against the beautiful, rustic landscape of Canada soothes the soul.

The Common Loon represents Canada. It is one of very few bird species where the male and female mate for life. It symbolizes trust, honesty and integrity.

Its song is lonely, resonant, peaceful and almost haunting when one hears it across open northern Canadian lakes and rivers.

I have been in every province in Canada and I have seen loons in every one! They are elegant and mysterious and lovely to see and listen to.

Common loon seen in the wild is the most beautiful bird with great family values. This should represent Canada.

reminds me of northern lakes and trees in autumn and canoeing- all pretty Canadian images. Can find them on streams as well, so getting a bit more urbanized. The haunting call is so distict.

Being fortunate to spend time at a friend's cottage I fell in love with the loons calling each other early in the morning when the mist was rising on the lake and I felt so proud and alive to be a part of this Canadian morning.

The Loon already(unofficially)represents Canada,in my opinion.It has my vote!

The sound of the loon can go on forever, very peaceful!

The haunting call of the loon means summer in Canada for most of us.

No essay, but the Loon is SOOOOO Canadian

There is nothing so haunting as the call of the loon. Although there are loons in the US as well, for me they are quintessentially Canadian and my breath catches every time I hear one.

Its an awesome bird!!

I spent many years as an exploration geologist in the northern areas of Canada and I always loved seeing the common loons on the lakes I camped beside. There is nothing more Canadian than watching a loon with young riding on its back. I love hearing that distinctive call of the loon on a peaceful lake in the middle of nowhere.

Loon is a beautiful bird and it does not have a bad reputation as the geese plus it is also our Canadian dollar

Many lakes in Canada...many loons. Canadian bird for shore !

First of all, I would like to know why people from the US can vote.

The loon is related to our 'loonie' is it not? Just a joke. It's a great bird with a great sound and appears to be all over Canada, which is important. It should not be like the maple leaf on our flag that really represents only part of our country. Whichever bird wins, I have my fingers crossed that it is not the annoying, messy, pushy Canada Goose. The Canada Goose does not have any of supposed Canadian traits. The loon does-it is reserved and doesn't like a lot of attention-isn't that what we're known for?

That Loon call though...

This was a very easy choice for me. Growing up doing all things outdoors... this was basically the sound of nature to me. Hearing the sound of the loon was what relaxed me, it gave me such joy to hear that sound while on the trap line or hunting with my family or even just relaxing on the side of the river.

The Loon, hands down needs to become Canada's bird.

Canada is a vast nation, covering many different land and seascapes. Though there are several species of bird that call many of these different 'scapes home, there is no other bird, besides the Common Loon, that is more synonymous with the values of Canadians and our nation.

From Prince Edward Island to British Columbia, and even as far north as our 3 Territories, the Common Loon can be spotted in Canada's Wetlands from coast to coast to coast.

Even the sound of the loon has become iconic to our people. From an early age, children are shown how to imitate their call; by warming their palms, cupping their hands together, and blowing through our thumbs; we're practicing to communicate with this Canadian icon.

If it weren't enough for our people to imitate them, they have been immortalized; stamped in metal coins, on our most basic unit of currency: the Canadian Dollar. The imprint of the bird has become inherent in our language, that we do not call it the correct 'one dollar coin' but the informal 'loonie'.

Lastly, much like how diverse our land and people are, the Common Loon is diverse in its' skills and abilities. Though mainly known for its' aquatic capabilities: diving and swimming, they are capable of flight, as is typical during migration, and also frequent land for mating and nesting. This diversity in the life of a loon runs parallel to the life of Canadians, and is ever present, no matter your area or age.

In summary, the Common Loon is the bird that best exemplifies the spirit of Canadians, and is best suited to represent Canada as our National Bird for its' range of habitat, its' diversity in their aspects of life, and its' impact and frequency within our heritage.

I think the loon would be great as the national bird. It has such a beautiful call, and we always look forward to hearing the loon when we get out doors in Canada.

Loons are so different, beautiful, their call is so weird that it grabs me...
I could select more but to me Loons are typically Canadian, they are so well "dressed" always elegant.
Magdolna Szabo

The Common loon's cry in the morning and evening is something I yearn to hear; I love their colour and stance.

What is more Canadian that sitting at the cottage and listening to the Loons and the Loonie. :)

This was a hard voice when I saw all the birds - but my first instinct was the Loon. I love the call of the loon in the evening across our lakes.- the enchanting warble with a hint of mystery. The way they carry their young, although not the only water bird to do so, is a pleasure to watch. I have had the privilege to witness a loon gathering and dance ( as I don't know what else to call it) one evening showing how they relate to one another and looked to be having a lot of fun! We see them on the surface seeming to float - yet they can dive to great depths- which reflects what the Canadian personality ( though we are often misunderstood) is all about. We too look like we are calm, complacent, not too emotive - yet there are great depths for our love of our country that are tapped into when someone least expects it ( note the French's ketchup switch!). The loon's colours are equally representative - not showy - but distinctive - like our flag. Lastly, why do I vote for the loon? It goes back to one beautiful early morning swim - I had the lake to myself and the loon who swam with me!

it is the most beautiful bird around, it's presence is always seen in the lakes and from my home here on the ocean. There is nothing more beautiful than to hear the call of the loon. This should without a doubt be Canada's national bird. I photo this beautiful bird over and over again.

I think the common loon makes a lovely noise and is so beautiful.

Nothing says Canada like the call of the loon...........

I have loved the call and the wild image of the common loon since childhood and remember watching "How the Loon Got its Necklace" at birthday parties. (I'm a senior). On Saturday, July 31st our lake stewardship group received a talk by a participant in the Common Loon Survey. She reported that 95% of the breeding pairs of the common loon are in Canada. Nuff said. And unlike the sugar maple they are found in every province and territory. Nuff said times 2.

There is absolutely nothing like hearing Loons calling to each other on a lake, especially at night. It is such a mournful type sound that resonants deep within the spirit. It is a great joy to fall asleep listening to their beautiful calls.

The haunting call of the loon, their faithfulness.

It's been identified as being part of Canada through the dollar coin, through documentaries seen on TV. I simply love the nostalgic and melodious sound it makes! Besides, the Loon mostly lives in our beautiful country, Canada!

A truly national bird since it is found throughout Canada, the common loon is one of the most recognizable birds in the country--millions of likenesses on coins being a great promotional device. The fact that its summer range is very close to a map of Canada itself (plus Alaska and minus the more northern arctic archipelago)
It's mournful call is likewise iconic. I have heard it on the Shushwaps lakes, in Ontario's cottage country, and camping in national parks (de la Mauricie and Kejimkujik). There is always one or two diving on our lake in the summer by the cottage.
They appear clean and well dressed--suitable for black tie events--and have no destructive tendencies or bad press to keep them out of the running.

Almost everyone recognises them.
Almost everyone recognises their call.
Nobody has any issues with them.

Few enough people ever actually seen snowy owls in person.

PS Anything but the Canada goose please. No one who votes for it has ever had a group of them on their property for so much as 5 minutes. I'd rather barbeque it than clean up after it!

The call of a Loon is one of the most enchanting sounds. The sound instills the very essence of nature and remotness,deeply etched in the heart and soul of all Canadians.

nothing sounds more Canadian then the sound of a loon when your alone near a lake and the only sound is a loon.

I really like the sound of the Common Loon

For us loon is the integral part of interior camping package. The lake without a loon is a "dead" lake. Seeing them on the lake from our canoe or shore always brings smile. Hearing their call is a treat and gives us a warm and fuzzy feeling that everything is well in the wilderness kingdom. I cannot imagine paddling trip without sighting loons. Long live the Common Loon!

Its an icon of Canadian wilderness,period!

A beautiful graceful bird with a haunting melancholy sound.

The common loon defines Canada in every aspect.

I actually believe all loon species should be the official birds of Canada, but I will settle for the common loon since it's the one most of us get to see and hear. I grew up listening to the loons in the early evening on my cottage lake in Northern Ontario. Absolutely haunting! One of my greatest thrills was to see yellow-billed loons on a small lake in northern Nunavut while performing field work a few years ago. I have subsequently observed some overwintering in Vancouver where I live now, but it's certainly not the same thrill as your first encounter. By far the most beautiful of the birds is the Arctic loon. They are beyond regal! I have been lucky enough to see a few in my travels, but it's never enough.
I do not get to hear the call of the loon anymore, living on the west coast. To be honest, watching the loons overwintering on ocean swells, in drab grey plumage is a bit underwhelming, but at least I will always have the memory of their majestic calls. Hopefully I will be able to head north in the near future to experience the fullness of their beauty again soon.

The loon has such a distinct call and is a very beautiful bird. We have the loon on our one dollar coin so the loon makes sense to have as our national bird.

Of all the native (and migratory) birds that call Canada home, for all (or most) of their lives. There is no other bird, whose call is so distinct, that could ever be confused with any other bird. The call of the Loon over a quiet lake is something that has given me goose bumps every time I have heard it.
The Loon is an excellent parent, when the baby chicks are learning to swim and become tired, they crawl on to the back of one of its' parents and rest. A perfect example of family helping family.

I grew up at a lake in northern BC and the loones on the lake were what made the evenings so calm and peaceful,just listening to them was so relaxing. They are so beautiful and would make a great represent Canada very well.

To me the sound of the loon when you are in the outdoors close to a lake is so refreshing and says Canada......and, living where we do the Canada goose is a nuisance and leave calling cards everywhere. :-)

I'll give ya two loonies for a toonie

The common Loon is found all across Canada...I've witnessed it in Bisset Creek, Ontario and in the harbour of Botwood, Newfoundland. it is known to all of us.

Nothing says 'home' like hearing the call of loons across a misted lake at twighlight.

This bird is wide-spread across much of Canada, and t's haunting call is so evocative of the Canadian wilderness.

The Common Loon should be Canada's national bird because of it's unique characteristics. The bird is beautiful to begin with it's coloring and shape. The loon has a distinctive glossy black head highlighted by the unique white necklace around the throat and the black and white checkered back make this bird a truly extraordinary choice for the National bird of Canada. On the water, these birds are very adept at swimming and diving with their streamlined body and large webbed feet. To top it off, the voice of the loon is one of a kind and without equal - from the 'howl' to the emotional, vibrating 'tremolo' sounds to one who has heard them are truly unforgettable. The Common Loon deserves the honor of being Canada's national bird.

I most enjoy my memories of the loon nesting and singing at Lake Rosalind when I lived there in the 1970's and 1980's. A beautiful bird.

This bird is in every part of Canada. It represents also water and we are surrounded by it, and we have many lakes too.
It also has the character of most Canadians, calm and proud.

Simply put...the loon's call moves me every time I hear it. If I had a bad day, the sound calms me and I am reminded of how important nature is to the human psyche. I am fortunate to hear it from time to time and when I lived in Kenora, ON, I heard it daily. One can never tire of hearing a loon call.

I love their mournful sound and feel they may become an endangered species.

The common loon has a distinctieve call that is strongly associated with the wilderness. These birds are a large and majestic presence on most lakes throughout our vast country. Both parents are attentive to their young taking turns to feed and protect although they are not aggressive. The common Loon truly embodies what it is to be Canadian.

I am 67 and the Loon has always been Canada's song of nature and a real life experience to see as well as hear them in the wild.

Majestic and Beautiful, represents Canada, in that it is usually docile and friendly, but could seriously mess you up if it wanted to. A great hunter and good ambassador when visiting other countries. Ha

You know it's spring time when the common loon starts to nest in the lakes of Canada. This beautiful bird has the most wonderful song to sing all through the day. I feel the Loon should be Canada's National Bird because of it's sheer beauty and magical presence.

The Common Loon has always, in my mind been our National Bird. In the evening, as we sit on the deck of our summer home on Manitoulin Island overlooking Lake Kagawong, we listen to the relaxing sound of the Loons. It is beautiful.
Unfortunately, although very beautiful, The Canada Goose have become much to plentiful and very messy not only here in Canada but in the United States as well. The are NOT a well loved bird.

As far as I know, Common Loons live across Canada. We can all identify them as "ours".

Loons make pretty sounds when they're trying to get some and that's something that I want Canada to be known for.

Also, f*** geese.

The loon has not only a distinctive look but also a distinctive sound. It is graceful, beautiful and is found in some of our most beautiful natural areas. When I think of the Canada Goose on the other hand, all I think of is poop! Sorry - it's true! Yes, it has our name in it but it is a nasty, dirty bird.

I love it's haunting song

The Common loon is known for it's haunting and beautiful call. It touches the very soul. Everyone that has heard it loves it.

The call of the common loon is what one associates with the beautiful Canadian wilderness. It is a beautiful yet fairly meek creature that accurately represents Canadians.

The only thing more canadian than the common loon is poutine, and I hate poutine.

There is nothing in the world as beautiful as the haunting call of the loon. Sitting by a lake with the fog rising off the water and hearing the echoing call of the loon stirs the imagination and the wonder that living in Canada allows.Having the Loon as our national bird indicates to the rest of the world what Canada is about and what it has to offer. Beauty, majesty, wildness, peace and adventure.

The common loon has an distinguished and somewhat haunting cry; it is simply beautiful.

It's haunting yet smoothing call alone is enough to garner my vote.

I love the call of the Loon. The sound represents to me the big, open spaces of Canada. The simplicity and beautiful colour of the Loon is unique.

A presence and of course a call that constantly reminds me of the wildness and the enormity of Canada. Every time I hear its call I feel a personal aloneness and also a fondness for this beautiful, and very much one of a kind, country I am so fortunate to be able to call home.

I feel the Common Loon should be Canada's official bird as many Canadians have a connection to seeing it daily on our money. We have bonded to the bird in this way.

Also, my family of Looney's could help be brand ambassadors if you like.

Thank you,

The loon has been a great long time symbol of Canada.
Its call is truly wild and can be heard for miles.
Its beauty is magnificent.
When you see loons on a lake , it is a symbol that the water is good and healthy.
When you see a pair of Loon's always together, with their little ones tucked under the MOm\s wings, it is forever remembered.

On the weekend I was in a little raft with my 9 year old Grandson on a lake close to their log home. He was giving me a tour of the lake.
We were guided by a pair of loons. Hearing their calls as they dived down to feed and then back up, always close to where we were on the lake.
My Grandson now knows more about the Loon and what they mean to us all.

The various funny sounding yodel day time sound, and late at night haunting calls of the loon are the backdrop of the Canadian wilderness experience! No doubt! I've experienced all their calls. This to me is a given! Unfortunately their numbers are decreasing in areas of Ontario where I used to hear them frequently.

I love the sound, the call, of the loon.

I think the loon would be a great bird to represent Canada; after all we are the only country with a loonie as our one dollar currency and they can be found on many of our lakes serenading us with their beautiful and eerie but haunting call.

The common loon is found in remote areas and the call is very noticeable. Canada as a country has huge areas of wilderness and this is what makes us a unique country.
Also, for the common loon to reproduce the habitat requires being pristine and undisturbed, which indicates a healthy environment....once again, something our entire country and world needs.
What other bird so precisely represents the Canada we all need and love?

The common loon looks like a peaceful bird. Even the sound it makes is soothing to the ear. It's a wonderful bird of the Northern lands. It lives on or near water, and Canada has a lot of fresh water lakes and rivers. So this bird is like Canada, peaceful and lives around a lot of water, and is Northern.

It's haunting call says it all!!!

How I love the Loon
Under a slivery moon she glides serene
our beautiful water bird 'Queen'
Often heard but not always seen
her mate too moves as in a dream.

No one can hear the call of the loon and not be moved by this hauntingly beautiful song.

It's already on our money, it's a bird people want to see and hear, not one that's annoying like the goose.

This bird signifies cottage country. Everyone has heard the haunting cry at some point.

I have chosen the common loon. The loon lives in just about all of canada and the loon is already very symbolic to many canadians. For example when a canadian sees a loon he sees Canada they see Canada because the loon is very popular around all of canada it is a symbol of our currency and a symbol of our land and bodies of water. Another reason I have voted fkr the loon is its traits unlike most birds the loon has solid bones instead of hollow bones. Canada is not a hollow country we are a solid country we have fought in both WWI and WWII and fought strong and honourable we stuck to our allys. We also stick to our ways we allow the FREEDOM OF SPEECH
and we will not have that changed by anyone we are solid on our ways like the bones inside the common loon.

These are my reasons for voting the common loon as our Canadian National Bird

the call of the loon on a northern lake is quintessientially Canadian.

Common loons with their haunting call remind everyone of Canada's wide open natural areas. Since it is found in all the provinces this makes it a natural choice.

I think the Common Loon is a great representative of Canada. They have a beautiful call.

oiseau facile à identifier, aimé de tous, caractérisé par un chant propre à lui et ce n'est pas un oiseau dont la chasse est permise ... donc ce n'est pas un gibier de potence !!!

Icon of peace and tranquility

To me there is no other bird call that expresses "the true north strong and free" than the call of the Common Loon. And to add to that its beauty and grace make it a fitting candidate for our national bird.

When Canadians hear the lonesome call of the Common Loon, we instantly feel a primal draw to be in our beloved wilderness. The the sound and image of the Common Loon arouses Canadian's passion to fiercely safeguard all of our flora and fauna and to fiercely protect our pristine wild spaces. This is a uniquely Canadian characteristic and the Common Loon is the figurehead that leads the way to this uniquely Canadian passion.


All I will say is the loon is ''The' Canadian bird

From Wikipedia:

This species, like all divers, is a specialist fish-eater, catching its prey underwater, diving as deep as 60 m (200 ft) and can remain underwater for as long as 3 minutes.[12] Freshwater diets consist of pike, perch, sunfish, trout, and bass; salt-water diets consist of rock fish, flounder, sea trout, and herring. The bird needs a long distance to gain momentum for take-off, and is ungainly on landing. Its clumsiness on land is due to the legs being positioned at the rear of the body; this is ideal for diving but not well-suited for walking. When the birds land on water, they skim along on their bellies to slow down, rather than on their feet, as these are set too far back. The loon swims gracefully on the surface, dives as well as any flying bird, and flies competently for hundreds of kilometres in migration. It flies with its neck outstretched, usually calling a particular tremolo that can be used to identify a flying loon. Its flying speed is as much as 120 km/h (75 mph) during migration.[8] Its call has been alternately called "haunting," "beautiful," "thrilling," "mystical," and "enchanting.

Was at the cottage this weekend. What made it magical, as always, was to hear the Loons and see them with their young!

Common Loon #1 by far, and honourable mention the Canada Goose

I am originally from Maine and have some distant relatives in Canada. Whenever I have visited Canada for birding, my main hobby, it is the call of the Common Loon that epitomizes the north odds for me. The other birds being suggested are all fine creatures but nothing says "Canada" like the loon. (My Brit husband wishes we on the "other side of the pond" called them Great Northern Divers as they do in the UK. Such a ondervul, wild name...)

The first bird i heard when i immigrated to Canada in the 50's and joined to Youth Hostel assn and experienced to norther beauty and heard the loon at night- wonderful memories

I think the Loon best represents Canada as they are found all across the country. Some of the other top contenders are found only in northern regions. Loons are unique and easy to identify. Loons prefer to live in the quietest areas of the vast Canadian wilderness. For me personally, growing up listening to the loons on the lake near my grandparents' cabin is among my fondest memories.

Represented on our dollar coin as a loonie and the haunting sound of camping in the wilderness of Canada, the common loon gets my vote for national bird.

The common loon has been one of Canada's most recognized birds
it is even on the loonie .

Since Iam a American my vote should not count for a Canadian national bird.I do be leave the Loon would be fantastic symbol.Thanks.......David Johnston

I never knew how majestic the loon was until I saw it on alake near where we were fishing.I was impressed by its size, its grace, its haunting call and the fact that it mates for life.
It is present on our northern lakes and seems a fitting symbol of this Northern nation.

I have always been comforted by the loon's early evening cry and I love answering back. They bring fond memories of camping and nature which unites all Canadians.

Le plongeon huard représente pour moi l'immensité dans le silence. Son chant et sa présence dans les lieux naturels sont merveilleux et font rêver. C'est pourquoi j'ai choisi de voter pour lui.

I think that the bird on the dollar coin is the most iconic. But it was so difficult as I love so many of the selections and have memories and encounters with a wide variety of your top birds.

I grew up in Northwestern Quebec and fondly remember sitting on the dock trying as a child to mimic their unique call in hopes that he/she would come closer.

Le plongeon huard est le premier oiseau qui m'est venue en tête quand je pense à "oiseau national du Canada". Il s'agit d'un oiseau fréquent dans les zones d'eau douce, possède un chant et un aspect caractéristique et est présent sur la pièce d'un dollar.

À vrai dire, je croyais qu'il était déja l'oiseau national du Canada.

I have enjoyed trout fishing in British Columbia for the last 10 years, around the Bonaparte Lake region. Loons have always been a favorite presence, both out on the big water or on the secluded ponds that we especially like to fish. For me, their call is the essence of wildness, and always enriches my fishing experience in the great Canadian wilderness. The loon is on your currency, and I was surprised that it wasn't already the national bird. I am honored to take this opportunity to vote for the loon.

It is just so iconic to the North.

Le chant du plongeon huard symbolise bien le caractère brumeux et sauvage des premiers habitants du pays et des premiers colons. De plus, son adaptation aux milieux moins sauvages et son omniprésence au pays, représentent l'adaptation du peuple aux différentes conditions de vie du pays.

Loons are the sound of the lake in summer,
a partner in the water,
fluid in motion and
distinct in colour and line.
nancy mcdermid

the most nationally known bird in Canada

My family and I have been fortunate enough to have had a cottage on a little lake in Canada for 45 years. One of the things we look forward to when visiting is the call of the loons. There is nothing else like it. So hauntingly beautiful. We love hearing and seeing these unique birds every year. Loon fans here!

Canard majestueux connu par tout le monde ou presque et présent à la grandeur du pays. En plus, il figure à l'endos de notre pièce de 1$.

Common Loons are far from common any more. I am voting for the loon because I grew up hearing it every summer on many lakes that I visited during my summer vacations. Now they are much less frequently heard. This seems to change the whole character of the summer lake experience. We need to raise the profile of this bird among cottagers and boaters, and find a way to bring back loon populations.

my vote would always be for the common Loon.....Nothing says a trek in the BC wilderness like the haunting call of the loon....their beautiful, lonely call cuts through the air in such a majestic way. I feel I have not had a true holiday away from home until I hear their call.

Our favorite since every time we visit the lake (Lenard Lake -near Bracebridge) where our cousin had a cottage we would delight in the sound and try to imitate. Many great memories.

C'est l'oiseau qui représente les grands espaces du nord au sud du pays. Un chant mémorable. Quiconque a déjà entendu un cri de huard par un beau soir d'été ne l'oubliera jamais.

I've lived many places and watched birds most of my life. But only in Canada have I had the pleasure of watching the Common Loon. Having seen one up very close during my time working with wildlife rehabilitation I can say it is the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. It is not the most colourful or unusual but definitely the most dramatic and just stunning work of nature. Their calls are beautiful and compelling. They are wonderful mates and good parents. I think the Common Loon is the most representative of Canada.

Iconic one of the lakes.

The handsome common loon literally haunts our lakes with its fluttering then penetrating calls. They do a dance sometimes in September before decided to migrate. They come together from quite a distance around to take turns splashing and moving at and away from each other. It is the amazing tell tale of their decision to head south.

To be represented by a Common Loon as the Canadian national bird should be one of the easier recommendations the National Bird Project will ever have to make. The Common Loon has for years epitomized the outdoors of Canada. To be rowing in a lake and hear the haunting cry of a loon brings forth the image of the here and now and all that nature has to offer. The loon represents the beauty, strength and resilience of Canada in so many ways. One hears a loon and one can imagine the breadth of our history from the earliest native Canadians, to the European explorers who portaged across this country to a family camping in almost any of our National Parks. To see a mother loon with her young on her back is to visualize the moral effigy at the centre of Canadian society. The reason the Common Loon resides on our one dollar coin and has come to be known as a loonie stems from the deep seated recognition that this bird represents Canada in the hearts and minds of the vast majority of us. It is for these reasons that the Canadian national bird should be the Common Loon.

I enjoy the Common Loon here at the seashore and I hope this beautiful bird will forever be able to find a wilderness lake to raise its young.

What's more Canadian than a loon?!? PERHAPS the Canada goose, but loons are represented on circulating coinage and widely connected to Canada.

They are a majestic beast. Out on the lake early in the morning to get their fill of fry and juvenile fish. They are predators yet calming when you see them on a mist filled lake. Oh Canada!

The common loon is a great choice to represent the mighty diversity of Canada's landscape.

Have grown up with the sounds of loons. It has been close to 20 minutes since they last called. Most people I know recognize their unique call, which can be heard over a great distance. Reminds me of the "wild" that is still left in my country.

Found in most larger bodies of waters in Canada. Love its call, it is so haunting. Carries its babies on its back. Love its distinctive colouring, black and white.

The Loon's haunting yodels definitely defines the North which geographically is the larger part of Canada. It is also a striking symbol of the necessity of wilderness.

The Common Loon seems to evoke a strong emotional bond with Canadians, more than many other species. It has a stately presence on our lakes and its famous call resonates with everyone who loves Nature. It is a powerful symbol of conservation and being relatively common, it makes a fine national bird that many people can relate to.

The haunting call of the loon is symbolic of our wilderness and heard in every area of our country.

How could it not be?

Love the sound (4 different types) of the loon. Majestic tune to this pretty bird.
One can never believe that such a tune comes from this bird.

Nous sommes un pays de lacs et de rivières bordé de trois océans (Atlantique, Pacifique, Arctique), il est donc justifiable de choisir un oiseau aquatique.

As a child living on a farm, including a small lake, I learned to call the loon to shore or to answer it's call as it came in to land in the nursery lake in the early evening. Watching the young birds riding or swimming with the adult bird was such a deep delight for me. I can't imagine our lakes without loons and perhaps being declared the native bird would put some security in it's future in our country. Protected species are more strongly fought for in our environment, and as development continues at such an alarming rate we need to act now.

The Common Loon’s haunting call reflects a natural, pristine Canadian landscape that is largely untouched by development. It is our link to what should remain our bond with the environment and represents what is good about Canada in many other ways.

Although only found I summer on our inland lakes, this beautiful bird and it's haunting call will make anybody stop after an encounter, and say "I am glad I live in Canada"!

The Common Loon probably has the most emotional impact for me and many Canadians, and is an important indicator of relatively clean lakes and undisturbed habitat.

It is a Great Bird to represent Our Country!

Icon bird for sure though White-throated Sparrow and Canada Warbler would be 2nd & 3rd choices.

It is a bird that most people in Canada can identify with both by sight and sound.


Le chant du huard, reconnaissable entre tous, peut être entendu sur pratiquement tous les lacs que j'ai eu la chance de visiter au Canada (et j'en ai visité plusieurs).

The mournful loon call is unmistakeable and always tells me that I am in a wonderful natural place.

While i like a number of the birds, nothing says canada like the call of the loon.

I cannot think of any bird more unique to Canada and our whole culture of enjoying the summer and the great outdoors. When I arrive at the cottage, the experience does not seem quite complete until I hear that beautiful call and know then that all is well with the world.

J'aime cet oiseau, il est facile à identifier et présent dans tous nos cours d'eau..

Still remember holidaying in northern Ontario and waking up to the eerie call of the loon across the lake.

The loon is the clear choice - Canada geese are obnoxious !

We have a cottage on Collage Lake Nova Scotia and we enjoy the haunting calls of the common loon. We also enjoy watching for their return in the spring and departure in the fall. Each year we enjoy seeing the new baby and some years two babies. These birds give us great peace and comfort.

The common loon is the Icon of cottage life. My whole life I've grown up listening to loon calls and watching them come and go from the lake every year. We've built Loon nests on our lake, just to help the little ones survive, so now we get to watch the little ones grow up and become adults before they leave the lake in the fall.
To me, summer in Ontario means spending as much time as possible at the cottage and it just wouldn't be the same if the loons weren't there. They are pretty amazing birds, getting the best of both lives between flying and swimming. Sure they look a little funny and awkward when they are on land, but that makes them even more neat.
My vote, is for the common loon. Ontario and Canada wouldn't be the same without them.

The Common Loon is not so common any more but I would like it to be our national bird.

It is striking. The call is beautiful. It is well knowsn. It epitomizes the north.

The common loon has a very distinctive and easy to recognize profile. Although not usually found in cities, I feel their existence leads us to strive to maintain wetlands and forested areas, rather than developing everything

There are many birds that can fill the bill and stand for Canada's national bird but for me the Common Loon is the most impressive of my experiences and that of international guests that I know.

My family lived in Northern Ontario for many years and we eventually had a cottage on Lake Superior. Every morning and every night the loons were seen and heard drifting up and down our beach. They were magical moments that represented raw, natural beauty, their forlorn cry sending a thrill through me, making me glad and proud of my country, Canada.


lived on a lake near moonbeam ontrio and there were lots of loons on the lake every summer return and th e sounds they nade drifting across the lake at nite with the window open and cool night air ............. mmmmmmmmm

Moved from the lake 4 years ago. I use to go asleep listening to the calls of the loons. Miss them like crazy!

Beautiful birds. I never heard bird voice before like this. These birds mean the wilderness, freedom and nature for me.

The Common Loon is quintessentially Canadian, its loud, haunting cries a familiar sound on the myriad of lakes that are a feature of so much of the country. Most Canadians know the bird from its likeness on our $1 coin, which quickly earned the moniker "Loonie" after being introduced 30 years ago. But did you know that most of the Common Loon's breeding range is within Canada? And that it breeds in all 12 provinces and 3 territories? It is for these reasons that the Common Loon truly is Canada's national bird. None of the other contenders are as restricted to this country while simultaneously being so widely distributed within it.

When I visited Pt Pelee many years ago, I noticed the Common Loon on Canada's coin and currency. I also love to hear the 'voice of the waters' in the far north Michigan and I thought how neat it is that Canadians must hear them often. Both of our countries love to see the loon in flights in the spring flyovers, too.

I heard this bird once and it's enough !!! Magnifique !!!

Common Loons not only have one of the most beautiful calls heard on so many Canadian lakes during our holiday season but their plumage stands out like no other.
Since I was a child I've been enchanted by this unique bird.

This bird is quintessentionally Canadian, it WAS on our banknote, it is on our coin which we name for the bird. Its haunting call evokes images of boreal forest lakes, and where else do you find boreal forest. It would be a travesty if any other bird was nominated.

The haunting call of the loon is already a well-known icon of Canada. While it is best known as a call of the North, the loon is well known throughout many parts of Canada. It is evocative and often, when heard, elicits an emotional response. It is the perfect choice for Canada's national bird.

The call of the loon is synonymous with Canadian summer. But it's presence is also a measure of the health of our environment. Loons cannot thrive in acid, polluted lakes with few fish. They cannot successfully breed on lakes with motorboats making big waves that drown their nests. We count loons every summer to record how environmentally friendly our region is. As long as the loons call, Nature is doing well.

I think the call of the common loon is very evocative of camping trips for so many Canadians.
I would be disappointed to see the Gray Jay chosen as it is not found in Ontario where so many Canadians live.

Loons are everwhere

Canadian Citizenship and hoping to get back home every day.

There is nothing Common about the Loon, so the extraordinary Loon will always be my choice for the National Bird.

Grew up hearing the loon almost everyday during the warm months. Now I live in cities and almost never hear it. Lakes and loons are a good representation of the natural side of Canada.

The common loon represents everything that is Canada. It is a humble bird that thrives in the most beautiful parts of the Canadian wildnerness. It is widespread across all of Canada with the exception of the High Arctic. This means that this incredible bird graces every province and territory with its presence. It stays in Canada over the winter, braving our harsh climate just as Canadians do each year. This water bird also is an excellent representation of Canada's bountiful resources, including our abundance of fresh water. Canada is already associated with the common loon since it is depicted on our $1 coin, commonly known as the "loonie". The common loon is already a symbol of Canada. As a Canadian and as a bird ecologist, I would be proud to call the common loon my national bird.

The haunting call of the loon personifies the gorgeous outdoors of Canada's wild places from Nova Scotia to BC. Early in the morning and just before sundown that call will pull you into the wistfulness and magic of our many lakes and pristine forests. As I write this I hear again in my mind those calls and it takes me back to special places and awesome memories.

Together with the lap of a paddle, the crackling of a campfire, the play of light and the rich smell of fir and pine and spruce... what could be more Canadian!

Anything but the Canada Goose!

First seen, on Loon Lake, in the interior of B.C. The mother loons are so proud of their 2 chicks, like female Peacocks, or California Quail. When the chicks get fed up, climb on Mom's back and she sticks out her chest, and paddles about, getting in the way of my fly line, so I move, down the lake. Mother loon rules.

My dear old Dad, after retirement carved loons, with Plexiglas sides. They were piggy banks for Loonies. I still have one, in the second drawer of my desk.

Such beautiful birds, with a mysterious informative honest sounding call, it should be "our bird"

I feel the loon is a beautiful bird. Very family first and represents what we are. Family, country and a little loony!!

There is nothing so pleasurable is to down by the lake and hear the loons

Common Loons are only common in the sense of being found throughout the country. Their calls are haunting and unique, and their loyalty to their mate legendary. We should cherish them.

(Btw, I am an expatriate Canadian, currently living in Japan. Your site won't allow overseas addresses, so I've used my mother's.)

The iconic canadian bird.....The lonely and eerie call reminds most of us of great expanses of unspoiled wilderness, clean and clear fresh water lakes and of the inner peace and sense of belonging it gives us.

Waking to the iconic sound of the loon's call; you know that the serenity of Mother Nature is near by.
The day begins.
The loon glides forth, embracing the misty morning shadows.
The sun rises.
The lake is alive.
The loon says it is so.

It is the sound of Canada 🇨🇦

See them at the cottage on Baptiste Lake near Bancroft. Always makes me feel better when I hear them!

Of course we should have the Common Loon as our National Bird. We've already named a coin after it! Love the call of the loons at our cottage - iconic! If we can't have the loon, make it the Trumpeter Swan - largest bird and by far noisier! :)

What more evocative sound than the call of the loon across the lake? This call says "Canada" to me, a land of wonderful wild places where you can appreciate the physical beauty and grandeur of the country. The common loon is a magnificent bird and worthy of being Canada's national bird.

The sound of the loon takes me to a happy place and seems like a very Canadian experience, trees, lakes, serenity.

The loon represents Canadian pristine wild environments, and its calls are hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable. The loons are family birds and both parents lovingly care for their babies.

The iconic wail of the loon has thrilled anyone who has had the privilidge to hear it in the wild. To be rivalled only by seeing them pop up beside your canoe with their beautiful plummage and startling red eyes

My father purchased a cottage on Golden Lake when I was 15. For many years there was a lone loon on our bay. My dad changed his plate to "GGLLL" Gamble's Golden Lone Loon Lake with a picture of the loon on it. One day that lone loon washed up on shore. Dad brought him to a taxidermist but was told they had to turn his body in as he is a protected species to examine why he died. My father insisted it was old age as he knew the bird well but to no avail.

My dad started carving loons as a result. I will never forget that lone loon. Now a family of loons live on our lake, it's wonderful to see the ducklings grow up and fly away. Eventually we will have another lone loon I suspect.

The loon is quintessentially Canadian. Many Canadians are blessed to spend time at lakes across the country and can identify this beautiful bird easily with it's distinctive call and looks.

Best bird ever....

The iconic Common Loon would perfectly represent Canada!

I love nature photography and Canada is a great place for people like me.
Of the birds that I have been able to appreciate in Canada, I feel the loon represents the majesty of our beautiful country.
I have spent hours sharing nature with loons in the Algonquin area, they are truly magnificent.

I think it should be the loon because their call is so distinct and one we can hear from miles away. They are a beautiful bird and have a beautiful sound.

The Loon is serene, wise and powerful. Just like Canada. Hearing it's call at night or early morning from the cottage makes me feel...Canadian.

I am originally from Australia. My first impressions of Canada are of freshwater lakes and the beauty and compelling cry of the loon. To me this symbolises a care for maintaining a beautiful natural environment. I can never forget the amazement to have such a huge amount of fresh water, something I can never take for granted.

In my mind there is no other bird that would be more deserving of the distinction of being Canada's National Bird than the Common Loon. I find the name "Common" Loon to be a bit of misrepresentation... to me there is nothing common about this bird at all. When I'm up north and hear the call of the Loon, I get shivers up and down my spine and I feel truly awed. I think it should be called the "AWESOME" Loon, but then that's just my humble opinion!

The bird itself says it all.

Beautiful bird that mates for life and has beautiful calls. Swims long distances under water.

Those eyes that voice...beautiful. When I am in nature regaining my perspective and I hear that plaintive call I get shivers up and down my spine.

Being that we have this Bird on our Currency and our dollar is actually known as "the Loony". It seems only appropriate.

a loon, a bird of grace

Memories are near and far as I hear the wistful call of the loon as dusk sets on Spectacle Lake, east of Algonguin Park. I could hear them near the shore at the cottage that Grandpa Johnson built. He was a carpenter. After emigrating from Skelton Bridge in England with his wife, four children and his grandson, now my husband, he could move on with his livelihood and get close to nature again. He built several cottages nearby for neighbours, and created a new community of friends for his family and grandchildren. I wonder if the call of the loon was a sign of a new world for him, after the Second World War when he came here in 1952. Surely it's mournful and haunting calls may have brought up memories for him, what with his children involved in wartime help in England, close to the dangers that had now passed. Or, maybe the loon's call was a sign of prosper, peace and a future for all he held dear. Now, with grandpa passed away and my husband In his sixties with our children grown up, I remember the call of the loon on the lake as we listen in the evening dusk. We have both prospered with good jobs, and put our children through higher education so they can have good jobs and raise a family too. We live in great times of peace, like the loon that swims on our lake. The Canadian culture and the loon are meant for each other - where else could we be without the loon calling, calling us home. To all that is great in life through the generations of our diversity in Canada.

As a bird that has a tremendous range covering most of Canada and the United States, the Common Loon represents, to me, those who migrate back and forth from Canada to my home state of Florida each year.

I like one dollar coin. lol

Loons are not numerous but they have a loyalty to their way of life and to their mate, which is for life. They take good care of their young and take turns looking after them and sitting on the eggs. They live a long time and are very wise in the ways of water birds and other animals. We need to take care of our environment better than we do and the LOON is a bird who points that out in many ways. I vote for the Common Loon.
Margot Roberts

Wonderful experiences my entire life listening to the peaceful, soulful call of the Loon. Very important too that all Canadians have the opportunity without long distance travel to see and hear them.


I voted for Loonie McLoonface.

Take care,


I, like many others, associate the loon's call with the great outdoors, or call of the wild. It would be fitting to have the loon as our national bird.

I've always thought the Common Loon WAS the national bird. I can't imagine it being anything else!

Although it was a difficult task to pick just one bird to be our national mascot, I chose the Common Loon as so many others have done. It's symbolic of Canada's wilderness and its mournful cry is both distinctive and unforgettable. Also, the bird is steeped in Native folklore and I'm sure most school children have been charmed by the aboriginal tale of how the loon got its beautiful necklace.

I think it's symbolic of Canada's northern wilderness and beauty and its cry is readily recognizable.

The Loon is a lake bird. The country is certainly known by its lakes.
You often hear a loon in movies to signify distance, space.
The loon is already identified with the country.


Waking up to the sound of the loon is the must soothing sound to ever hear. I have also fallen to sleep many times listening to the loon.

It's all been said hearing loons means canada

I was spending time up at a friends cottage on Chandos lake.Every evening,we looked forward to hearing the Loon as we sat on the deck.It is one of the things,I remember most about that Vacation.

I am a Canadian, living in the US at the moment. I personally have always felt that the common loon should be the National bird of Canada! Such a beautiful animal!

Nothing better than hearing a loon call at night siting on the lake have a bonfire. That's a true Canadian experience.

As much as it's great to have the Canada goose named for our country, a lot of people (mainly Canadians) associate them with being a nuisance, pooping all over the place and being vicious buggers (which they are). The Loon, on the other hand, is a bird that is associated with the much loved Canadian past-time of being at the cottage, or camping. The call of the loon is enjoyed by all, and we love this bird so much, we put it on our dollar coin! People love seeing a loon pop up in the water and they are rare enough visitors that it's really exciting to spot one.

There is nothing more peaceful than sitting on the edge of a lake listening to the call of loons.

Despite being a resident of the United States, my family and I travel to Canada fairly often and the bird that most embodies CanAda to us is the common loon.

Come's on the loonie! It's an iconic bird, with a song to match, and it's much more pleasant than the Canada's not all about the name, it'a also about the image!

There is nothing like the sound of the loon on a still northern lake.

The Loon should be Canada's national bird because it represents many regions of Canada as it is almost everywhere in the country; from the high mountains of the Yukon to the rocky seashore of Nova Scotia. Whether you are taking a walk in your city or you are on a wilderness adventure, chances are, you will find a loon graceful, peaceful, and always standing strong, just like Canada.

We use it everyday and our entire economy is based around the Loon

It's the reason why we have a Loonie, the loon! And the Loon's song and really pretty and captures out the outdoor spirit of Canada.

I came to Canada from the US, and even I knew that the loon was a Canadian bird because of the loonie. It's already on our currency, it should be our bird.

Growing up in Snow Lake, Manitoba I would listen to the loons often at night, with my windows open. The call is so hauntingly beautiful.

It felt that coming home when I found a lake with loons in Central Alberta. Once again, we can listen to the loons.

One evening, I became one with the loons when I had a long echoing conversation with a loon. Our calls went back and forth for several minutes. It is a joke now in my family that I am an expert loon caller. Really... it was a once in a lifetime event, the stars aligned as I really am not that loony!

I have travelled Canada coast to coast multiple times and nothing so captures the essence of the Canadian wild as hearing an echoing loon call from across some pristine lake. While there are other species, the Common Loon is the quintessential.

Apart from the simple beauty of the loon, it is a noble animal in native mythology. Furthermore, it is said a loon family nesting on a lake is a sign of the lake's good health and only one family will live per lake since it is quite territorial. Finally, the call of the loon while enjoying a nice summer evening at the cottage will always put a smile on people within earshot. It's quintesentially canadian.

The loon: there's a reason it's on our money. It has a wide range and is known by all of Canada.

I'm not going to enter an essay. The Loon is a symbol across cottage country in Canada. Anyone who has been camping, cottaging, or up north on a lake could definitely relate to having this bird as the national bird.

The Loon's call is reminder of our spiritual connection to Mother Earth. What is more Canadian than a Loon's lonely call on a northern lake?

After a long cold winter, the lake has finally melted. No sound better brings to mind starry summer nights by the water than the slow haunting call of a loon. A true symbol of the shared Canadian experience.

Everybody knows the loonie!

I love a lot of the birds presented as options on this site, but none of them really means "Canada" to me. Wherever I have gone in Canada, whenever I have been "out it the woods", there have been loons announcing their presence. From childhood camping trips to Lesser Slave Lake, to my year living in northern Vancouver Island, to cross-country trips seeing more of our wonderful country, loons have always been welcome signs that I home again in the wilds of Canada.

To hear the call of the wild means you are no longer near the 98% of the population who doesn't give a Damm and standing in the 98% of the land base that is returned 2% of its wealth, keeping this hush will further null the 98% of the population that wanders around with eyes drilled onto a "device". Keeping this 98% on their merry-go-round in 2% of the land base buzzed out on Canuck the Crow is desired by all five choices given. They don't care who is picked, just leave our home and us alone.

It's on our dollar. I'm not writing an essay. Come on.

All you have to do is go camping to know that the loon is our bird.

I thought the Loon was already our national bird. We see Loons in many places across Canada and we do use the loonie as currency. Common Loon makes the most sense.

The Common Loon represents the tranquility of Canada's Thousands of lakes. Their iconic calls add a haunting note to the stillness of the waters in the evenings and night. They are one of the most striking of birds, and are a prime indicator of the health of a lake.

The call of a loon is featured on the intro to the Tragically Hip's 'Wheat Kings' as well as a place on our one-dollar coin. As such it is debatably more Canadian than drinking maple syrup while playing pond hockey against a moose while wearing a red flannel jacket and listening to Peter Mansbridge recite the national anthem.

Quite frankly, I thought the common loon already was our national bird.

It appears on the one dollar coin!

The Common Loon has become symbol and sound of the Canadian summer. It is a symbol of the stoic northern lakes that speckle our country; part of the landscape. The loon is beloved by Canadians for it's haunting call, itself our unofficial anthem. It seeks solitude in our land, as many of us do as well. It is respected, fearsome, and dignified. The Loon should be our bird because it is part of the Canadian experience in song and flight.

With all their different calls and the beauty of them I vote them Canada's favourite.

The loon's habitat encompasses all of Canada. We recognize the loon as a national bird on our dollar coinage. Why not make the loon an official symbol as Canada's national bird?

Because it is on the loonie.

I believe I seen and heard the loon in every province.
It's lovely to see and can be heard for miles across a quiet lake in the evening.
It represents the Canadian wilderness for me like no other bird.

I have always thought this is our National bird. It has been on our "Loonie" since 1987, so what has changed? I don't think it would be easy to identify the dollar coin with anything else. I vote for the Common Loon.

I think the loon represents most of Canada. It has a haunting sound and makes us reflect on being a part of nature.

I think the loon because the Loon is already on our Canadian money.

C'est mon oiseau préféré, tout simplement!

I love hearing loons when we go canoeing or camping in the summer. They are strong, protective, and they can live almost anywhere in Canada.

Every year we have a pair of loons on our lake and I just love watching them court and swim slowly and proudly. The sound of the loon is so calming by creey at the same time. It is awesome

Not only is it's cry renowned around the world. All travelers to the north long to here it's voice. A signal of the true north strong and free. If you have had the pleasure to here it's call, time itself cannot remove it from your memory. Yes it is harsh on it's young at the end of a season, but it's grace is second to non.

J,adore cet oiseau. Il est beau a regarder. Habituellement calme. Et le son qu,il fait quand il chante sur un lac tranquille est magnifique.

The Common loon is already a de-facto National bird. Chosen to be on the $20 bill from the Birds of Canada collection in the late 1980's and followed by the $1 coin. The Loon has also been on several Canadian stamps, I remember from childhood stamp collecting the 1957 5 cent loon stamp and the 1998 $1 stamp. Also the subject of many Canadian artists paintings. Most memorable are the many prints and paintings of loons by Robert Bateman.
The loon is truly a coast to coast national bird and the sound of the Canadian shield. There are many deserving birds for the Canadian national bird but for me the sound and sight of a loon on a misty morning lake is one of my favourite memories of Canadian wilderness and therefore it gets my vote.

I have spent much of my life searching through the wilderness of back-country Canada; the sights, and smells that make up so much of our natural beauty in this country. The one common linkage, from Gros Morne to the West Coast Trail, the eerie, misty morning call of the Common Loon. It almost seems that I haven't found the natural world until this cry greets me.

For me, the common loon is the most popular bird of Canada. It is an iconic symbol and represents a lot more than just a bird to many people, like their childhood, their residence, and their activities involving the unique bird.

It would do me a lot of pleasure if the common loon won the vote!

The fact that the breeding range reaches all the provinces and territories is the best reason to vote for the Common Loon. The fact that our Loonie honors this bird is another good reason to chose a bird the world would know "whose" bird this is.

I love the sound of the loon. I have been canoeing/camping since I was 6 months old (now 50). The sound brings back wonderful childhood memories. I now canoe with my teenage boys and when we are backcountry ,in the middle of nowhere and we hear the loon, my boys always say they came camping/canoeing just to hear their music.

The loon is an elusive bird of the Canadian Wilderness and its countless lakes. It can, however, also be found on lakes close to some cities. The characteristic haunting call that carries far over the water is an unmistakable signal, a call of nature typical for the Canadian woodlands and the prairies.
And we have this bird already represented on our 'loonie'.

With their bold black-and-white colouring and their haunting cries that echo across lakes, loons are iconic members of the Canadian family.

The "Common Loon' is my choice for Canada's National Bird. This bird can be found all over Canada, and has even be chosen to be on our most common coin, the "loonie".
It's haunting call over Canadian Lakes is memorable, and recognized by most Canadians as a call of "home"!
This bird mates for life...a strong character trait that identifies Canadians! We are true to our Country!
This bird watches over it's young, and protects their offspring from predators! There are many Canadian "forces" that protect us from any foe that may attempt to bring evil to Canadian citizens.

The "Common Loon' is my choice for Canada's National Bird. This bird can be found all over Canada, and has even be chosen to be on our most common coin, the "loonie".
It's haunting call over Canadian Lakes is memorable, and recognized by most Canadians as a call of "home"!
This bird mates for life...a strong character trait that identifies Canadians! We are true to our Country!
This bird watches over it's young, and protects it's offspring from predators! There are many Canadian "forces" that protect us from any foe that may attempt to bring evil to Canadian citizens.
The striking "red" ring around the male's neck" stands Canadians do all over the world! We are noticed but not for brashness...but for our positive actions!
Yet, the bird's camouflage and white...allows it to come and go peacefully!
We are blessed to have such a beautiful symbol to represent us!

Canada's wild places are distinguished by the loon's unique and beautiful call.

The Loon is so part of my Canada
I remember camping and hearing the loon.haunting calls across the water.
I still think of the wonderful call when Im camping. I have come across the baby chicks who are so engaging.
Their floating nests in the reeds are also interesting
I have lived abroad many times and often felt a longing to be camped beside a wilderness lake and hear their haunting call.
When i returned and went camping ,hearing the loon made me feel I was truly home.

This bird is distinctive in both appearance and voice, and occurs north, south, east and west in Canada. It can be identified by its call alone.

I love the cry of the "Loon" on our lakes! Whenever we go to the cottage or waterfront, the loon would make the "lonesome" call across the lakeshore!! Searching for its mate to come "sail" across the water with him!!

The Common Loon has a range that covers nearly all of Canada, meaning that most Canadians have seen and/or heard one, unlike some of the birds listed that only cover part of the country. Surely a "national" bird should indeed be that? Also, the Common Loon is not considered a nuisance bird. The Canada Goose is often considered a nuisance, even by other countries. I, personally, would not want our national bird to be viewed as a nuisance!

it's the perfect fit for Canada

The iconic loon is truly our national bird ... found in every province and territory.

I vote for the Loon as I've never seen a Gray Jay in my life

I vote for the Loon as I've never seen a Gray Jay in my life

The loon is iconic to Canadians; it's on the one dollar coin which is called the 'loonie'. It's the obvious choice!

I think the national bird of canada should be the common loon. The loon is a majestic bird synonimous with peace and tranquility, which is what our amazing country is all about. Being waterfowl, they represent not only on wonderous great lakes, but also the collection of wonderful fresh water lakes that we have in our beautiful country.

We always loved the early morning sound of the Loon at the cottage on Silver-Lake,
near Gravenhurst Ontario !

Symbolic of Canada and our love of wilderness

One of the iconic associations with Canada is the call of the loon over a beautiful lake in the north. I think for this reason the loon would be a fine choice for Canada's national bird.

Simply put, there is nothing more calming than to sit by a lake in Ontario on a quiet summer morning and see our Loon swimming by. With a sound you can meditate by and a visual that is classic; it's quiet presence graces our natural world and exemplifies the Canadian spirit of humility, strength, and perseverance. In native culture, according to the Wabanaki, Medawisla (Loon) means Spirit bird, one who communicates to the creator the ways of man. It's eerie and spiritual sound is used to relay messages from Gluskabi(Creator) to mankind. We need to heed its message of minding our water and respecting Medawisla's role of communicator now and for our future. Miigwech.

Every year since we bought our cottage 44 years ago, loons have nested, or attempted to nest very near our cottage on Cameron Lake. I think there is nothing to compare with hearing their call echo across the water. When I think of Canada, this is the first bird that comes to mind.

For me and my family our loon represents strength, beauty, caring, adaptability and loyalty. What would our lakes be without the haunting song of the loon? It is the True North - with our wonderful lakes and forests.

The common (not common in my books)loon is a beautiful bird of no small stature. It flies like a supersonic plane, dives like a nuclear sub and puts on magnificent displays on the water that not many birds can emulate. A bird that portrays we as humans admire the nuclear family - the new baby floating on the parents back.

The Call of the Loon depicts Canada's Vastness.
It is on the Canadian Dollar.
It is a beautiful creature.
I have a photo of a male loon I would like to submit in support of my vote.

Loons are cool.

The Common Loon is an appropriate Canada's National bird as it is found in all parts of Canada
Magestic, loves to seranade yet also on the watch.very Canadian I'd say!!!!

As much as I enjoy many of the other species of birds on your list, I believe that the Loon would fit perfectly as our national bird. Even one of our currencies is named after it! And as far as distribution, it's likely more well know across Canada. Nothing speaks of Canada better than the far off call of loon over a remote Canadian lake! They are beautiful, majestic birds! Thank you for this initiative.

I have seen the Common Loon in almost all the provinces of Canada even though I live in British Columbia. It is truly an "across Canada" bird and rightly deserves to be our national bird. They are so emblematic of this country with their haunting musical call which can echo throughout any region of this great country. They so need the many wilderness lakes that Canada is known for to breed and multiply. If the Loons are healthy, Canada is healthy!!!

The cry of the loon IS Canada!

I am a Canadian resident in the USA. I love the LOON and always enjoyed watching and listening to them while camping in Algonquin Park, Ontario in years gone by. To me they represent CANADA!

I pick the loon beacuse it is know on the loonie,and it and its the most popular bird know in Canada!

As a child I spent all my summers in Algonquin Park. My favourite memory is of going to bed in a prospector's tent on a platform while it was just dusk, and hearing the echoing loon calls around the lake as I fell asleep.
Magical! How lucky I was.

The loon is a bird.

i just love the Loon and its' call

It's a very neat bird with wonderful calls. anytime I'm in Canada I look for them. kind of a mysterious bird also...has my vote!

It's a very neat bird with wonderful calls. anytime I'm in Canada I look for them. kind of a mysterious bird also...has my vote!

There is question it is the Common Loon

I believe the loon would be the best chose of a national bird for Canada because it symbolizes Canada's wilderness perfectly. Not only is it beautiful, calm and graceful, it also represents and peaceful and civilized community. So for these reasons and many others, the loon should be declared Canada's official.

Iconic bird of the lakes of Ontario where I lived for many years, and thrilled to the sound of its haunting cry, loved to watch them raise their young with determination. Tenacious in its efforts for survival, strong, beautiful, loving partners and parents, joyous when coming together in groups to celebrate living. I think these traits are representative of the Canadian people.

One of my favorite birds, have a pair that breeds in lake by my house every spring.

It's ubiquitous presence in our wilderness coast to coast makes Gavia simmer perfect. It's silhouette and unique calls are so reflective of our experience at the cottage or in an wilderness lake.

I feel that the loon represents the rugged and untamed beauty of Canada from coast to coast to coast. It has upheld its stature through time, as no one sees it now as a feral pest.

A beautiful and sweet sounding bird of Canada. One the most well known birds to. Also on the 1 dollar coin. This would be a great fit for the national bird of Canada. An amazing bird with lots of symbolism, and meaning. With colorful attributes and can be found in many places of Canada. Best bird for Canada.

I have worked and lived in 6 national parks in my life and the Common Loon has been an important and loved bird in all of them.

The Loon evokes thoughts of the things I love about Canada. That mournful cry on an isolated lake, being in the wild, camping, canoeing and portaging. Spending precious time with people I love away from the hustle of city life.

I've spent more nights than I can count in the Canadian wilderness, primarily in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. Most of all, I have enjoyed many nights in Algonquin Provincial park, where loon calls add an extra element to sunsets and campfires that delight the ears of the young and old alike. As a national symbol, we'd be crazy (looney?) not to agree that the loon is a Canuck favourite.

The Common Loon is the call of the wild no matter where you roam in Canada. It's symbolic of our need to fly wild and free. A camping trip is not complete with hearing the loon call.

Canadians identify with the's picture is on our "Loonie" coin, and present in a lot of our promotional literature. I don't think there is a Canadian who hasn't heard the "call of the loon"...even on a tape, if not for real!
There is a lot of tourist clothing bearing a picture of a loon! Many Canadian souvenirs have a Loon logo on them! Woodworkers carve loons for retail places to sell. Painters have captured the Loon and usually, with a baby on the Mother's back!
Cottagers love to hear the loons calling to one another all summer long!
My choice is the Loon!

My 6 year old son looked at all the birds and picked the loon. He says it's because his Nanna has a lot of them (pictures, statues and such) all over her house (and he's right).

Every time we visit Canada, I always look forward to seeing and hearing this beautiful bird. It is what I envision when I think of the beautiful country that makes up all of Canada.

The Common Loon is one of my favorite birds and has been a part of our summers
in the Northern Camp we have for 50 years. They are devoted parents and both
male and female help the little ones grow up by teaching them from when they
are little fluff balls to when they are learning to dive and catch their own
meals. This bird represents to me what living in Canada means, beautiful
wild country, peace and devotion to family.................Sandra.

I vote for the common loon because it is a bird that with its haunting calls and beautiful plumage, appears all over Canada. When I hear those very special calls, I am reminded of our beautiful country and its many wild places where such a wonderful bird can thrive.

They are beautiful.

The Loon epitomizes all that is great and wild about Canada. It's haunting call evoke the mysteries and grandeur of Canada. It's faithful pair bonding is the character of Canada.
I can think of no other bird that brings to mind the Canadian spirit more than the Loon.

Cela fait plus de 25 ans que j'observe le Plongeon huard, en faisant du canot camping. Son chant, son cri, son vol, sa démarche sur le nid, sa façon de nager sous l'eau, sa tête sortant des profondeurs de l'eau en toute douceur, son regard, le soin qu'il prodigue à ses petits, sa façon de détourner notre attention pour protéger les siens, la délicatesse qu'il emploi pour nourrir les oisillons et surtout sa beauté font que cet oiseau est remarquable. Je crois sincèrement que le Plongeon huard doit être notre oiseau national.

I believe that it should be Canada's bird because it is the most easy recognized bird we have. Their call fires the imagination and it is the face of our Canadian dollar.

Beautiful symbol.
Already on our money.

its pretty neat

We have an island on Lake Nipissing and we are lucky to have loons around all the time.It is a welcome to hear.We even participate on loon surveys for a few was interesting to see the loon population maintain itself over the them :)
Happy camper

The Loon's call is synonymous with goes without saying, really, and to me it is the One Bird, in all categories that people around the world I have met and talked to recognize Canada with.

To watch loons do their mating dance on a lake is a beautiful ballet!

The iconic call of the Common loon has echoed all across Canada for centuries!

Cottaging wouldn't be complete without the call of this bird. It is natural Canada at its best.

The loon is an iconic Canadian bird whose haunting call is synonymous with lazy summer evenings/early mornings on one of Canada's many lakes.

Found throughout all regions of the country.

Though I can think of many wonderful candidates for this project I vote for the Common loon as being a perfect representative in symbolizing what I so love about our Canada. The loons connection to the waters is a big one, as our waters are so precious and run deep. A vast resource that must be stewarded and protected. The loons haunting call carries me to the deepest longing within my reminds me of dreams long forgotten or given up on, surfacing. Dreams I must call forth, tend to and rekindle within my heart to truly be free. Canada to me epitomizes this true and free spirit. I would like to say that we as Canadians feel a desire to build these dreams in peace, in community and in harmony with our waters, trees, mountains, open skies, forests and all of life. And so we must dive deep like the loon to catch what sustains us. We must be willing to work hard to fly. And be willing to migrate to those different waters, to stretch and step out of our comfort zone and expand the horizons of possibility within our minds to catch those greatest of dreams. Who we are and what we stand for as Canadians can inspire the world. The loon to me symbolizes and calls to all these things and more...
My dear friend Myrna inspired me to include a short poem I wrote many moons ago that maybe speaks to this as well:

" The Loon - Wet pearls of light cascading down sleek, dark iridescent beauty
A swift flash of movement
the diver leaves behind a ripple of water;
its circle ever expanding,
the quiet echo expands awareness
and reaches eternity "

parcequ`il est tres populaire

IT is already unofficially known as the bird of Canada... the Loonie, northern lakes etc.

For me the Common Loon represents Canada. Its haunting cry echoing across lakes and rivers and around shorelines is evocative of the wildness of our country. But this bird is also found in suburban lakes/ponds.
Seeing a family grouping of loons floating on the water, particularly with the chicks on the back of one of the adults represents the caring attitude of our country. It is a fitting bird to represent Canada.

Stephen Colbert called the loon Canada's national bird and I knew that was a mistake but then I thought, "Shouldn't it be?" It's already on our dollar coin and I will avoid poetry but the loon's beauty is something that captures the great Canadian wilderness: its lonesomeness, its playfulness, the laughing, the crying.

c'est un oiseaux magnifique et facinant a observer et a ecouter dans son milieu. C'est un bioindicateur de premiere ordre, qui nous en dit beaucoup sur la qualite de notre environnement. c'est un animal exceptionel a plusieurs egars: son chant embelli notre vie, c'est un excellent nageur qui disparait sous l'eau pendant de tres longues secondes, fidele en couple et tres protecteur de ses petits. il sait creer un atmosphere feerique tout autour de son lac ou il est roi!

C'est pour moi toujours un ravissement de le revoir chaque ete!

There is nothing that says "peace & tranquility" more than hearing that memorable call near almost any body of water in Canada.

The loon, one of the oldest of all birds, is incredibly beautiful in a dignified way and has the most unique and lovely call of any other bird. It is quintessentially Canadian.

Although it could come down to process of elimination the moment I saw the list of options the Loon struck me immediately. There is nothing more welcoming and memorable than sitting on the shoreline of one of our beautiful lakes and hearing the calls of the loon. It is the perfect choice and although at first I wondered if it can be found in every province, according to the writings in this website it is, so that's my choice. Ideally of course the Canada Goose is maybe the obvious choice because of it's name and beautiful markings, but it is such a nuisance - territorial, spitting, aggressive, threatening and messy to name a few flaws - and because there has been no control over their numbers - there are now probably more Canada Geese than there are residents in this area!! The Puffin I relate to the East coast and not very familiar with the others.
So, great choice....the loon although I must admit I don't find it to be one bit "common". Beautiful bird and so pleased it's on the list.

It winters here, and is already on our currency.

Every time I went camping, no matter the province, the evening call of the loon was so calming and a great reminder of Canada's vast wilderness.

The Loon makes perfect sense in every way.
It's image and haunting call speaks to the beauty and lure of our northern wilderness.

Also, everyone thinks it's the Canada Goose and that's gotta change!
Comedian Pete Zedlacher makes an excellent case as to why these aren't our ideal choice. Very funny:

Clearly and easily identifiable, unique call, ubiquitous, water bird.

The loon is a very distinctive bird both in looks and voice. Canada is a very distinctive nation, so I feel the two go together. There is nothing more hauntingly beautiful than hearing the call of the loon on a placid lake in the summer. We are also a land surrounded by water and full of lakes, where these lovely beings dwell.

I think we should pick the common loon because it's a symbol of the Canadian wilderness. If you've ever been fishing on a lake and hear the calming sound of the common loon, you'll know how peaceful and relaxing the sound is. The true meaning of Canada and it's wilderness. Peaceful

I think we should pick the common loon because it's a symbol of the Canadian wilderness. If you've ever been fishing on a lake and hear the calming sound of the common loon, you'll know how peaceful and relaxing the sound is. The true meaning of Canada and it's wilderness. Peaceful

An instant return to childhood's innocence any time that haunting call echoes over water.

the loon is smart, and beautiful and has a wonderful call that is a sound of summer in Canada. And its already on our money so why not make it the national bird.

I choose the common loon as it's song to me is a sound of peace and tranquility. These things are what I consider our country to be, a Country that believes in peace and tranquility.

I chose the loon because I have experienced its presence at most of the lakes we have camped near. The Canada goose may be the prey of the bald eagle but most birds are prey to other animals, especially cats. The fact that they "poop" everywhere is only a problem because people feed them but, think about it, is there an animal that doesn't poop somewhere and most of them don't care where. I wouldn't know a Red-tailed Hawk if I saw one. I've only every seen a Grey Jay in Florida. The Snowy Owl is magnificent, flying or not, but rarely seen.

Even thought it is common in the States it only mates and gives that eerie call when it's in Canada

I chose the Common Loon because it is so distinctive. Much of Canada is wild. You find the loon in wild places. Its eerie cry thrills you to your soul. It is found in water and we have plenty of that. It is one of my favourite birds and, unlike the Canada Goose, it is not a pooping nuisance.

Not an essay, just wanted to say in my opinion the loon is the perfect choice next to the Canada geese which I understand we can not have.

Enjoys its privacy on a lake in the summer, while still socializing in the evenings, travelling to other lakes to eat with other loons (with each loon in the group taking turns to host).
Also travels south to warmer climates in the winter, usually returning to the same lake in the spring.

Aboriginals say the voice or call of the loon signifies new beginnings and hope, engenders peace among people. Accordingly, it would seem a perfect representative of Canada and our role in the world community.

Son chant est magnifique oiseau majestueux

Le mâle la femelle et les poussins ont un superbe plumage

Simply because the loon is known throughout the country since it is already on the dollar coin. Everyone in all parts of the country, regardless of whether they have actually seen one live, is familiar with the loon. For those people who are not birders, most other birds might not be recognizable for them. Whether the loon lives in their location or not., it's recognizable for everyone. It is a beautiful sleek bird with a haunting call and it is for these reasons I firmly believe the loon should be Canada's Bird.

The sound of the loon calling is hauntingly beautiful and heard all over Canada. With their striking appearance, wide spread range, and their appearance on the "Loonie" they are already Canada's to many, including myself.

The most bird that you I see that they are So done to our country and they never live the the Canada. I love the way they call to one other and there call it so nice when you I be by a bone fair at night and they call one other.
I feel that there call it is the call to God to bring there partner to came near there mat.
When you see them with there small ones on there back, the way they take care of the young once. What a sit of pace and love they have to that give me, They make feel that this land is God land.

There is nothing like the call of the loon that says "Home" to me. Their forlorn and eerie calls echoing in the night is such a soothing sound while sitting around a campfire. To me, the loon is a symbol of Canada's wilderness.

There is nothing as iconic as the Loon is to Canada.

Le huart est un oiseau qu'on aime aussitôt qu'on a entendu son chant.

Love the sound of the loon. It represents summer, the cottage, still nights and slowing down. They return to their same nesting area and we all seem to return to our cottages and roots.

The night is silent as I stand at the water's edge of our new campsite. The soft, plaintiff cry of The Loon comforts me. I am home.

Some of my earliest and most favourite memories are those of summer visits to my grandparents' summer cottage on Loon Lake in northwestern Ontario, about a 45 minute drive from Thunder Bay. My early memories are of a long drive from "Port Arthur" (now part of Thunder Bay) in the back of my grandfather's red truck, and at the end having to use a one lane trail through the bush. Over the years my parents owned it, and I went took my children, and now my brother owns it and I visit most summers, but now it is only a short drive off the Cross Canada highway east of Thunder Bay. Loon Lake still has many loons on it, and I am sure most of those who have visited or lived on that Loon Lake have taken away memories of Loons. I have lived in the Near North Almaguin area of Ontario since 1967, where there are also loons on most of the lakes. For a few years we heard the calls of two loons in the early dawn overhead our land-locked home - presumably travelling from their evening lake to their morning lake. As others have pointed out - it is on the "Loony", young children can recognize it by sight or sound, and it lives in every province and is already an iconic symbol of Canada.

I hope the U.S don't have a say to our Canadian bird. There was an option for what country, Why? Why do they have a say? there not Canadian,,,,

Anyway, I love the majestic sounds of the loon on the open lake in the wilderness as Canada is itself.

Because it's already on our Twoney.

The majestic calls and beauty of the loon make it the ideal candidate, not to mention its habitat - the beautiful lakes throughout our country.

Un animal qui aime les grands espaces. Souvent solitaire dans ce vaste pays parsemé de lacs et de rivières, il a un chant unique et reconnaissable. Il est d'une grande beauté et est vraiment spécifique au pays.

On en voie partout sur nos lacs et leurs chants sont magniifiques tout commes leurs plumages.

Je vote pour le plongeon huard parce qu'il est associé pour moi à la nature, à nos lacs, à nos environnements encore sains. Parce que son cri me va droit au coeur et évoque pour moi le lien que l'on devrait avoir plus souvent avec cette nature que nous avons la chance inestimable d'avoir encore tout près de nous.

ÉLÉGANCE incomparable ! et en prime, il habite TOUTES les régions du Canada !

Growing up in the then Haliburton Highlands, now Kawartha Lakes, we had a cottage on Salmon Lake. The lake was in our family due to my dad's father. He was a logger and had the rights to that area. Instead of logging Salmon Lake, Papa Thom gave his 3 children 75 acres, his cousin, another 75 acres. His daughter's husband, 75 acres.
In the early hours of the morning, I would wake to the song of the loons. Daddy would take me out on the lake, in our outboard, to watch how the mother loon would have her baby ridding on her back. He would not speed up when a mother and baby were together. Only when the loon was on his own, would dad speed up just to let me see how quick they can dive underwater.
I also learned the Legend of the Loon when I was in Grades 3 and 4. How the loon received his necklace from an Iroquois. Beautiful story.
We already have the loon on our "loonie" so it makes perfect sense to make it our National Bird. No other bird has such a haunting call as the loon. Once heard, you never forget it. At one time, I could imitate his call, but that was many years ago.

J'étais persuadée que le huard était DÉJÀ l'oiseau emblématique du Canada ....... Oui , il est grand temps de le désigner comme tel !
Merci , c'est une belle initiative .
F. Cornet

J'aime cet oiseau.

Le huart à collier est un superbe oiseau au chant magnifique et typiquement canadien.

S'il est un son caractéristiques du Canada, des grands espaces et de la forêts, des journées et des soirées passées près d'un chalet ou en camping, c'est bien le cri du huard, sur un lac calme, un soir d'été.

Found on the coins in our pockets, found on the lakes we swim in. A symbol of the wild. A token of Canada.
Canada is the most wild country I have ever seen.
The haunting call of the loon sounds in the night, and in the crisp and foggy mornings.

Nothing tells me I am home like the call of the wild,
The call of the loon.

I love the Common Loon!...

In Canada we still have lots of wilderness where we can get away from the hustle and bustle of our every day lives. Last fall on our annual trip to Keji we set up our campsite near the lake. The cool evening air made the warmth of the campfire feel so comfortable.
As the darkness gently wrapped us in its' blanket of quiet we could hear the far off yips of an excited coyote pack echoing through the woods. Roasting marshmallows helped us end our typical first evening.
As we settled into our sleeping bags and closed our eyes for sleep, we suddenly heard the sound we had been missing. The haunting call of the loon floated across the lake. Drifting off to sleep to the chorus of the loon was the perfect end to the perfect Canadian day of camping. This sound just typifies our Canadian wilderness. It echos in our minds and in our hearts.

Le huard et sa longue plainte nous rappelle nos grands espaces solitaires, mieux que n'importe quel oiseau! Son besoin de grands lacs et rivières nous ramène à l'immensité de notre pays et de ses zones inhabitées. Qui pourrait mieux représenter notre beau pays, d'un océan à l'autre?

Loon Talk
I am not Native although people think I am. Perhaps it is because the loon is my totem. It takes me a long time to get airborne creatively but once I do I have strength and power- just like the loon. And I'm awkward on land. I hate shopping malls, commercialism, cities and pollution. I like my own quiet bay in the world. I love to paddle around in the early morning mist. I love to sing and loon-talk soul to soul.
I sleep most peacefully near water. Like the loon I am happiest when surrounded by water, even if it is just a walk in the rain. And in winter I go a little grey. I get a little lost in the ocean darkness of things. You have to coax me near land with tidal persuasion.
Maybe I am an old soul. A friend says that I am and her mirror is kind. The loon was here long before mankind ever came to be. My Mom says that my writing haunts her at times. Maybe she too, hears the cry of the loon.
When I dream, I dive deep. I'm always telling others what I find down there and they don't seem to mind, even if they do not understand it.
I spend a lot of time away from my mate. But springtime always returns and it is better if we meet near water. Gifts of loons always arrive at Christmas and birthdays and each token says- we know who you are. I love to carry children on my back and to teach them about their own ability to swim out into the world. I don't mind leaving first when I know they have their own fish in the water.
What pleases me most as I grow older is the knowledge that I have met the Great Spirit that made the loon and I. Myrna Downer

This just seems like a natural choice for me. We even have the bird's picture on our currency! It is worthy of Canada's honour to be called Canada's National Bird!

The Common Loon gets my vote as a great symbol for the whole of Canada!

I have seen loons at Scotch Lake NB ever since I was young. Now they are on the St. John River across from my house.

Who could not love the thrilling sound of loons talking to each other..
Or be fascinated by the young riding on the backs of mothers.
Sitting quietly by the lake and a pair of loons paddle by, quietly discussing the day's events.

seems appropriate

The Common Loon is one of the most recognized bird songs on a lake. It's a beautiful eerie sound and its soothing and peaceful at the same time. I am a photographer and enjoy capturing the Loon while it's on water. Watching them dive and come back up somewhere totally not where you're assuming is a joy to watch. They can be playful and I've seen them in spring when the female carries the babies on her back while swimming. I believe the Loon is a common water bird in all the provinces

The Lon symbolizes Canada's prestige wilderness & is loyalty to it's heart.

The call of the loon from a mist shrouded lake fills a spot in the soul.

I LIVED IN Millertown, Newfoundland for many hears on a 46 mile beautiful lake, known as RED Indian Lake. at night in a small little village,all you could hear was the beautiful sound of the loons.

I love the peace that the loon brings to a paddle on a lake or river on a canoe trip in Canada. Loons are peaceful and they take care of their families. They tend to fish together and they are not overly disturbed by quiet people nearby. They share the lakes and rivers with us as we travel around the country.

The loon call is synonymous with northern Canadian lakes and summer time. It was one of the first bird calls I learn to recognize and is one of the first bird calls I learned to make. Our cabin on the lake just wouldn't be the same without our mating pair of loons.

It's ancient. It's beautiful. But as a wildlife photographer who has photographed more than 250 species of birds, there is nothing that reminds me that I am in Canada's wilderness more than the sound of a loon - especially at night or early morning. It's unmistakeable, beautiful and goes right to your soul!

Who the heck would vote for a cowbird? Laying their eggs willy nilly all over hell's half acre. Sneaky Petes.

I pick the Common Loon. Hands down, the most beautiful & certainly most enigmatic of all birds. Just their call…it's spellbinding…pure Canadiana.

Can't think of anything more Canadian than the call of the loon on a Canadian Lake.

Quel bel oiseau qui représente bien nos espaces naturels. Et il est déjà sur les pièces de un dollars.

Nothing says my north like the loon

Such a great choice, though not a surprise, to see the Common Loon at the top of the list to become Canada's national bird. Scrolling through the list of birds that have been voted for, I feel very fortunate to have seen many of them and all are worthy of consideration.
I moved to Canada, from Australia, in 2007 and feel very proud, and honoured, to now be a permanent resident of this country full of natural beauty. When I first heard that Canada was searching for a National bird it was the loon that came straight to me as an automatic choice. But I had to search deep to realize why this bird sprang so instantly to mind.
I think when I first stepped foot onto Canadian soil, the loon was the first bird that became synonymous with the country as the symbol on your Dollar coin. The "Loonie" is unique to Canada and the association between the country and the bird is automatic from the outset - just as the Kangaroo on the Australian dollar coin defines that country's most recognizable animal. Of course the reason that this bird should be considered comes down to much more than being stamped onto metal at the Mint.
The Raven, with its, almost, mystical qualities steeped in legend and folklore certainly stir the soul and there can be no question of its importance to all Canadians, particularly of the West Coast. The ever-present Canada Goose though also synonymous with the country of the name it bears seems a little clumsy and comical, though it always brings a smile to my face when I see one! The various songbirds are beautiful in both sound and sight, the ground birds - Grouse and Ptarmigan - are solid symbols of Canadian Bushland, the Birds of Prey, though powerful symbols, do not scream CANADA to me (with the possible exception of the Snowy Owl).
No, to me nothing conjures images of quintessential Canada more than the sight and perhaps even more importantly, the call, of the Loon. As the mist lifts from one of the thousands of lakes Canada is covered, and blessed with, nothing quite literally gives me goosebumps than the call of the Loon and the sight of its low riding body creating ripples on the otherwise mirror of the surface film. As I write this, images of a log cabin with a wood stove and fogged windows enter my mind. You wipe the condensation from the window and there it is. That bird. That call. It's no fantasy though. The Loon is Canadian reality and a reason to keep Canada's incredible, unique wilderness and culture pristine. It represents everything that is good and pure of the nation it stands to represent.
So why should an import like me have a say in a decision as critical as creating a National symbol for a nation I was not born in? Maybe I shouldn't. However I feel it necessary to speak up for the importance of the Loon to me and it's association with Canada. I have proudly guided dozens of Citizens of my birth country through Canada. Beaver, Moose, Bear ... there are dozens of animals they all want to check off of their "bucket list" as being viewed in the wild. The Loon (Isn't that the bird on the Dollar coin?) rarely gets mentioned until that first time its call (so often, aptly, described as haunting) is heard echoing across a mountain lake for the first time. The "Loon chills" is what I have come to describe this phenomenon as, and it never fails to leave a deep, permanent impression on all of those who experience it. So while other wildlife and geographical and cultural features may bring the World to Canada, it seems invariably that it is the Loon that brings Canada to the world. it is the Loon that leaves the lasting impression of an unforgettable country.
As the Bald Eagle is representative of the country to the south. As the Polar bear is the figurehead of the Arctic. As the Kiwi symbolizes New Zealand and the Kangaroo to Australia. So too, the Loon should officially represent Canada as to me, if only unofficially, it already does.

I vote for the loon because it is are national bird because it is on are 1 dollar coin.

There is nothing for me like the cry of the Loon on the lake it lives on.

The call of the loon is synonymous with northern lakes across this great land.

The Common Loon is indeed iconic. It is beautiful, serene and non-offensive unlike the Canada Goose. If you are ever lucky enough to see its courtship dance, it is a sight you will never forget!.

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is hearing the song of the Common Loon on the lakes deep in the forests of Quebec and Ontario.
Second best is seeing them early in the morning on a quiet lake with its reflection on the water.
I can hardly imagine a more beautiful scene than seeing the loons with their young, usually one or two riding on their mom's back!
Please pick the LOON for our national bird.

I cannot imagine my childhood in Canada without the presence of the loons call in the background.

Oiseau magnifique au son majestueux....

Nothing says Canada and the beautiful forests and lakes like the cry of the Loon. It never fails to move me.

It is on the coin, everyone knows the loon, and it has a unique and recognizable call.

Ask to have the name changed to Canada Loon.

The common look is iconic of Canadian wilderness. Its haunting call characterizes this wilderness which otherwise is generally deadly silent although other Canadian mammals such as wolves and coyotes make haunting calls. Whenever I am wilderness hiking the call that I expected to hear when I reached a lake was that of the loon. A wilderness lake without a family of loons was a dead lake irregardless of what other water fowl inhabited it. I love to wake up in the morning at dawn and listen to the call of the loon. It tells me that all is well and it is another great day. Loons are wonderful patient parents. Watching adult loons teach their offspring reaffirms ones love of family. Canadians are fortunate to have loons living on many of their huge number of lakes. One can be a protector of nature for many reasons but the one that ooens the door wide open is the loon.

A very charismatic bird with a haunting call, easily heard in spring on many lakes across Canada. Surely a bird found all across Canada, both in summer and winter.

I love the common loon. Beautiful plumage, majestic call, the epitome of the Canadian wildlife experience. Canoeing is Canadian and so are Loons.

The call of the Loon coming across a lake is hauntingly beautiful and represents the essence and joy of camping. It is a sound that will reverberate in my mind forever.

the loon is already on our money and is therefore very well known and so it makes the most sense as our national bird.

I'm not from Canada, but I am from Alaska. I have the fondest memories of loons at my mother's lakeside cabin.

There is no more haunting noise evocative of the Canadian wilderness than the Common Loon. The loon typifies all that is good, clean, peaceful and beautiful within Canada.

I have a cd with nothing on it but rain , thunder and the wonder call of the loon

Le huard est l'oiseau symbole de la forêt boréale canadienne. Son chant très émouvant me rappelle de beaux souvenirs de vacances en famille!

The loon, and the sound of the loon, are haunting, lovely, and an icon of Canadian wilderness, which in itself represents the strong, northern, free country of Canada.
The loon may be out Numbered or more elusive than other birds, but It is this mystique that makes them all the more magical to encounter, I believe they embody the true Canadian spirit.

It's already our national bird - really!!

They represent our wild shores best.

In summer we live off-grid on a small mountain lake in south eastern BC. There are many mating pairs of loons raising their young. We've come to "understand" some of their vocals and thoroughly enjoy waking up and going to sleep with their joyful chatter.
This iconic Canadian bird symbolizes many Canadian values we think: family,loyalty,love of nature,grace, dignity,fierce independence and self-sufficiency to name just a few.

Thank you for leading this worthwhile project...long overdue.

Just listening to them at night a cottage lake makes you fall in love with them.

I always liked watching them while canoeing.

Anybody who has ever camped in this country will remember the haunting call of the Loon at dusk and daybreak.
It is a symbol of every that is great about our "Outdoors".

Because its already on the loonie and because the canada goose leaves a big mess wherever they sleep.

This is an iconic Canadian Bird and one of the first we heard paddling in Ontario having recently arrived from the UK back in the 1970's. It has beautiful plumage in the mating season and I love the way they carry their young on their backs.

My personal plea: PLEASE DO NOT ENCOURAGE SUPPORT for the Whisky Jack/Gray Jay! On popular hiking destinations they tend to mob you having been fed (usually bread)by well meaning but misguided hikers. A most unpleasant experience is having a sandwich snatched from one's hand or have one land on one's head. So now, at a lunch break, we can brandish a hiking pole to discourage them flying close.

As we are camping on the shore of a northern lake, we sit quietly waiting for the sound that is so familiar to us... the cry of the loon. Whether we see other wildlife or not, the haunting and familiar sound of the loon lets us know that we are Canadians in Canada.

Hearing this bird's call always meant a summer fulfilled for me!

My family has been blessed to have a family cottage in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands since the beginning of the 1960's, and it is much a part of who we are. My first trip in 88, i was only a mere week old!

A core sight at our cottage were the collective of loons who shared that beautiful space with us. Its distinctive call has been a herald of summer for us and indeed of home. In those wild spaces of Canada's many lakes, the loon's call feels like a soothing reminder of the security and stability of the woods.

The loon is beautiful both to look at and to listen too. It's haunting cry is a mysterious sound that greats me in the early hours of a misty morning at the cottage. Finding him before he disappears under the water only to come up again a long way away. They are the perfect bird to represent our country.

i think the loon because i think it represent's canada the best

Classic association with a tranquil morning out canoeing-- a loon calling in the far side of a lake.

Nothing says Canada like the beautiful sounds of a loon on the lakes in our gorgeous country

I am 7 years old, and when I think of a bird for Canada I think of a Loon because its on the dollar. I like that it make a neat sound.

I have swum with the loons since childhood, paddled with them and watched the sunsets with their calls haunting the watery shadows. No other bird evokes such emotion ushering in the peace of the evening to come. May their sound echo forever as our national bird.

Nothing represents Canada more than the haunting call of the loon. We even have it on our money! The LOONIE!!

The Common Loon is represented on our dollar coin and belongs in the records as the national bird. It has a beautiful sound which seduces its audience.

There are many places in Canada, if you really stop and listen you will here the call of the Loon. The call often matches how you are feeling when you hear it. Quiet reflection,solitude, aloneness, privileged adventurer, spring awakening, there is a call to match each emotion. We liked it enough to put it on our money, it really is iconic of our natural existence.

Also it is not nearly as obnoxious as a Canada Goose.......

They are beautiful and their call makes me cry.

The haunting sound of the loon's call is a reminder of soothing times in a happy place. They are a sign of a healthy lake and a flourishing ecosystem. They evoke a pleasant emotion like no other bird can for me.

This is Canada's most annoying resident. From one end of the country to the other, the common loon's haunting calls can be heard breaking the silence of the calmest lake and waking you at the faintest crack of dawn that creeps over the hill sides. God I hate loons, but of all other birds that grace this country the homely cry of the loon is a true test to the passive nature of Canadians.

The Loon is found in every province and territory in Canada and the national bird must be present in all of Canada.

The loon makes the most beautiful sound at night and morning when I'm in the Ontario lakes. And it blends in with the Ontario lakes, making sounds that are peaceful and quiet.

We live on a lake in Northern BC, and there is nothing so soothing as a loon's call in the evening. It is the perfect reminder that we live in a beautiful setting.

Loon-symbol of freedom with its haunting call, beautiful markings, red eyes and sleek body designed for speed in the water.

The Loon is of course, perhaps most evocative of the 'Canadian' experience... must be our national bird (not only that, but having it as our national bird would be a grounding for protecting wetlands...".

The sound of the Loon on a quiet night is a lonely but beautiful sound. The one bird that everyone knows the call of. Would be a perfect symbol of the Canadian wildlife with the Canada Goose a close second.

Go to a waterway , & if your lucky , you will see a Loon.. Listen for their Call. It will touch your heart. I so hope other Canadians agree.

This is not a formal essay by any means. I just wanted to say that I guarantee nine out of ten people already think the national bird is the loon. If anything but the loon were to win, then this would be a failed project. I mean, come's even on our national currency.

Geese are aggressive
Canada is not aggressive
Geese =/= Canada

The beautifully haunting calls of the Loon echo over all the lakes in Canada and about the hills of Nova Scotia where I often hear them.

The lion's call is loved throughout rural Canada. Wherever there are lakes there are lion's. Their song fills all Canadian's with a deep felt sadness for times past and a joy for living, even for a short weekend, in Canada's wilderness. We all feel an excitement in the wilderness, even if it's just a campground, and the Loons song enhances that feeling. The Loons song speaks of times past and of current days. It's a wonderful Canadian experience.

I love it!

There is no bird that I can identify that is more Canadian than the loon. Nothing more beautiful and haunting than the loon on a lake calling. Complete peace and beauty.

I remember the call of the loon in the mornings when I was working in the woods. It was a calming sound to wake up to and sip my coffee.

Figuring centrally in hauntingly beautiful ancient native stories & thrilling mystical mythology, it is, as only truly favoured characters are, known by several names: big loon, black-billed loon, call-up-a-storm, ember-goose, greenhead, guinea duck, imber diver, ring-necked loon, and walloon. Diving upward unchanged from the depths of its origins millions of years behind us; enchantingly alerting us to our present fate through its position within the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds; and singing a tremolo which brings all those who would listen face to face with the future as it migrates flying, with its neck outstretched, up to speeds of 120 km/h (75 mph)... . . this northerner has a voice for every situation and enunciates each one with discretion as well as commanding leadership and diplomacy.

Thee is simply no other choice. I considered the Canada Goose but what romanticism is there? What elegance and spirit? Having travelled and lived overseas, I can tell you that nothing evokes home to me more than the call of loon. Nothing.

The common Loon is a beautifully marked bird with a wonderful call that is so distinctive and this bird is noted in First Nation stories as well making it truly representative our wonderful country.

As a child in Manitoba I'd often here the haunting call of a loon. Once you've heard it, you never, ever forget. One of nature's audio masterpieces

Having lived in Seven of the provinces and two of the Territories and visited all 13, I have enjoyed the Common Loon everywhere.

The common loon is anything but common. I have appreciated it since I was a kid growing up on the prairies when the Hinterland Who's Who commercials would come on TV. The eerie sound of it's many calls with it's ability to dive and stay underwater make the common loon a special bird to me. When I moved to BC as a young adult I spent many days in the wilderness with my work and camping on weekends and holidays. The commercials are nothing compared to hearing and seeing a loon in it's natural habitat. The loon truly does symbolize Canada's wilderness. Someone taught me many years ago to cup my hands together and blow between my thumbs to make two or three of the loon calls. Many times I have told my wife the loons reply to my calls. We are fortunate enough to live close enough to a lake where we can go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning to the sound of a loon calling. What a great way to end a day and start the next!

I hear the call of the loon and I think of Canada

I would love the loon to win! I have many fond memories listening to them while we were at our cottage in Temagami.

Exceptional species that represents our wildlife and waterways through out the country. The Loon has a call that is as unique as our country is diverse and as solitary as our vast lands it lives in.

The loon is a truly, national Bird and its call has become synonymous with Canada. It is only fitting that it be recognized, 'officially' as Our national bird as it already is, 'unofficially'!

loon is common bird in Sask-many artists choose it to pain,photo etc. good choice for national bird. also make it protected species if chosen.

This bird is very beautiful and it's haunting song on a warm summer night is a signature characteristic of the wilderness of this country. There is no doubt of who/what is making it's song and nothing I know of can duplicate the sound.

Is there really any question? What better symbol of the True North Strong and Free, from Far and Wide, Oh Canada, we vote the loon for thee!

there is no sound more beautiful than a loon in the mist

The Loon is on the looney - wrap it up in a nice bow!

The sound of tranquility, the sound of wilderness, the sound of Canada.

Aside from being featured on Canadian currency, the Loon is considered a bird of the north country, having both distinctive features and sound. It is widely recognized and synonymous with wild places.

love them, so Canadian!

Beautiful, haunting call ..... may describe both the bird and my memories of it, memories that span a lifetime. Wilderness lakes, fresh early mornings or late summer afternoons, the quiet splash of a canoe paddle hitting the water or gazing from the shoreline after setting or breaking up camp amidst the towering forest. The smell of nature, perhaps a breeze singing through the treetops, the rustle of unseen little creatures stirring through the low lying bushes. The loon makes one pause..... to listen.... waiting for it's next call, not wanting for it to stop, basking in it's aftermath when it does, a smile lingers and my heart has been softened. I continue on my way........

For as long as I can remember, I have loved the call of the loon. Hearing it frequently on lakes in Northern Ontario while visiting my grandparents, while camping with our family and when we owned a cottage in the Kawartha Lakes. To me, the Loon represents Canada, through and through.
I have always been fascinated by its intricate markings, it's mating and nesting habits, the way they raise their young and it's haunting call. I am always thrilled to see or hear a loon as I have travelled throughout Canada.
The loon is so unique and is truly a "Canadian" . Wild and beautiful as is much of Canada. 😊

Cet oiseau magnifique, plongeur et nageur exceptionnel, nous interpelle par son chant, un appel au romantisme et au rêve. Le Canada est un pays où tous les rêves sont permis et on ne peut rester indifférent losqu'on entend cet oiseau appeler sa douce moitié ou ses amis huards.

Ça fait très canadien comme oiseau.

Parce que le harfang des neiges est déjà l'animal emblème du Québec et que je vote stratégiquement pour pas nous faire voler notre symbole.

Camping with my family beside a mountain lake I heard my first loon. I was only 7 but that sound has stayed with me my entire life.

The Loon is just a beautiful bird & the sound they make is very nice to hear in the wild. Just beautiful if you are ever so fortunate to see a Loon family swimming on a lake.SD2JY

Its call is Canada's signature

The sound of the loon is so unique and distinct. The loon is already on our dollar coin. It should be our national bird.

The loon is good, we told our tour guide at La Louvre that the loon is the national bird, so we don't want to look stupid if he actually looks it up for some reason. It's also on the money, and the caribou is not a bird, nor is the Bluenose II. Also the Canadarm, polar bear and Queen are ineligible due to the fact that they are also not birds. This makes the only logical decision to be the loon. Don't be loony. Or be loony because that infers loons.

Loon is most associated with Canada’s beauty and wildness. I cannot imagine in a cottage without hearing loon calls.

OoohooOoOohooOo, that's was a loon call that I just made and not many people out side of Canada can do that so it should be our national bird.

The Loon had always been that bird that lets me know I am home. It is the bird that lets me know summer is here. It is the bird that stirs something within me when I paddle my kayak within its sight.

The loon is an amazing and gorgeous water bird. It is found all across Canada and is known for it's much loved haunting calls.

We have traveled across Canada in our RV, from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Also the Yukon and northern Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Ontario. The Loon is present everywhere. It's such a beautiful sound to hear when camping.

I think the haunting sound of the loon's call just says ,Canada . When canoeing and backpacking in Algonquin Park in Ontario you can here that distinctive loon call at night as it carries over the water to your ears . I remember meeting a nice young couple from New Zealand one year at a portage .In our conversation they asked ,"What is that sound at night and they tried to imitate the loons call. I thought for a minute and said " Oh that's just the wolves calling at night ". Their eyes bulged and they said ,"Wolves" I laughed and explained ,You know that black and white bird you see on the lake ,usually in pairs or with a chick,well that is what makes that sound ". They laughed and and were relieved that it was not wolves .

Rien de plus Canadien qu'un lac calme et son huard !

There is nothing like hearing the call of a loon over misty waters on a Canadian lake.

Canada has already unofficially designated the loon as the national bird - not only is it on our $1 currency, the colloquial name for said coin is taken from the bird's name. Additionally, in the Birds Of Canada bank note series, the loon was represented on the most common and therefore prestigious note, the $20. But even besides this, what bird better captures our true north, strong and free, than this bird of forests and lakes with its familiar, haunting call?

For me, it is a difficult choice between two iconic Canadian symbols, the Common Loon and the Snowy Owl. I voted for the loon largely because most Canadians are much more likely to observe and experience loons than owls. Additionally, its presence is more often detected by hearing its well-known call than by seeing the bird. I think it is important that people have a chance of seeing our national bird, and for most people, owls are rarely seen.

It looks to me like the loon is in every province and territory. This certainly qualifies it to be the NATIONAL bird. When we hear the beautiful, haunting call of the loon on a calm evening we know that all is right with the world..... even when it isn't.

The call of the loon is synonymous with Canada's many lakes, which is what makes it so iconic.

The Loon YES !!! an amazing bird, just as CANADA is an amazing Country

jJe croyais déjà que le Huard était l'emblème du Canada étant déjà sur la pièce de monnaie.

Je vote donc pour car il est beau et se reproduit beaucoup

Il est particulier

The loon is a peaceful bird and inspires a sense of serenity and well-being, as I hope Canada does in all who are within her borders.

The loon with ils grace, it's haunting, moving call is by far the most representative bird of our land. It deserves tro be Canada's national bird.

Common Loon live on Buck Lake and are great to hear and see..

Anytime I think of a Canadian summer, I think of my friend on the lake - the loon. So that is my truest connection to a Canadian Bird.

The common loon, graced on our one dollar coin, has a magnificent cry that echoes down the inland lakes so prolific in the Canadian landscape. Early morning or sunset, you can hear them, calling out to one another, warning of danger to their nest, of approaching predators, or just to locate one another. They mate for life, and return to the same nesting grounds each year, qualities of lasting loyalty and grace representative of the stalwart, hearty Canadians that share this land and waters with them.

The loon can be seen nation-wide and is already very familiar because of its place on our dollar coin. Anyone who has ever heard the loon's distinctive, haunting call across a northern lake will never forget it. The loon is also associated with water and Canada is known for its abundance of lakes. So I believe the loon to be an excellent choice for our National Bird.

It's found all over Canada

My grandmas favourite bird

No essay. The loon represents the wild wilderness of our large country. It is a lovely creature that portrays a positive image.

I just love the sound and the look of the loon. They remind me of the tranquility and peace and beauty of the parks and waterlands I've visited in Canada.

The iconic loon says it all

The loon is found right across our great country and has the look of a proud majestic bird. Very attractive simply black and white. Love it's call!

Great bird

The loon is a beautifully coloured bird with a call that is so mystic it sends shivers down the spine.

I chose the Common Loon because to me it depicts the character of the part of Canada that I live in . Anyone can visit the lake areas all across our country and see one , or a family of loons paddling down a lake. Also, they have a distinctive call.

Visitors to our country can look for the loons and appreciate their beauty and habits which I feel is important in a national bird .

Pat Kingdon

I chose this bird because it can go under water for five minutes.

you should vote the common loon because it is a very good swimmer.

The loon is in all provinces and is enjoyable to watch. It is a great sighting. We enjoyed them while living in the Maritimes.

I voted for the Common Loon. Partially due to the fact the loon is on Canadian currency.

Really my vote is for anything but the Canada Goose.

To me the haunting call of the Common Loon represents the wilderness of Canada.

The haunting call of the loon
the graceful gliding pace
follows the path of the moon
a necklace frames her face

The loon is the ultimate call of the wild on multi lakes ,river and common water bodies . A BEAUTIFUL BIRD THAT HAS SUCH STRIKNG CALLS AND PLUMMAGE.

To be on a calm, waveless lake, on a kayak, silence all around....and having a loon or 2 swim up, dive around you, check you out all the while uttering their awesome sounds, and to view the colors up close! is just breathtaking!

The common loon reflects a n iconic waterfowl species that is found throughout. canada .

It's Call is so indicative of the scene landscape that represents canada .

I think the Common Loon should be the National bird of Canada because it has a unique call and it lives all over Canada.
It is normally 10 pounds and 2 feet long.
Its eggs are 5.5-5.7 centimeters wide and 8.8-9 centimeters long. Their babies are brown when they are born and they have to stay on land. They can only eat frogs, crayfish, snails and minnows.
It has two homes in the summer it is all over Canada and in the winter it migrates down south to Florida and in the United States.
They are torpedo shaped, and has a white necklace around its neck, has webbed feet, a black checkerboard coat on its back and a long pointed mouth.
The Common Loon has bright red eyes for seeing underwater and it also dives more than 200 feet deep.
That is why I think the Common Loon should be the national bird of Canada!

by:Mackenzie(age 9)

The loon's call is the call of the wild. It always makes me stop everything & just listen.

What's there to say? The haunting call of the loon at dusk, echoing off the granite cliffs around the lake, as I'm getting my campfire going for the evening. That speaks "Canada" to me.

So many lakes in Canada where this beautiful bird can easily be seen, heard and identified makes it a great ''contender'' for the title!

I chose the Common Loon because it lives on my lake at my cottage, and I like the sound they make

I hope that this will be Canada's National Bird!

Well, we already have the loon on our money, so it seems a fitting choice! Plus, it is a very beautiful bird with an unusual and haunting call.

The Common Loon is a bird that resides all across Canada.

The common loon is icon to Canada's backcountry and rugged lifestyle.

Love to hear the sound of the loon at night

This is one of only a few avians that is most commonly seen in Canada and hence can be taken as representative of the country. Yes, on occasion it may be spotted elsewhere but it's home range is Canada. As well, it has been adopted as one of the items of national currency (the loonie). What better way to solidify a national symbol?

Totally dig the call of the wild!! Wild and free... That's Canada.

They are everywhere in Canada and are very familiar to all Canadians, as they are on our one dollar coin.

Growing up in the Caribou region in British Columbia I noticed loons on the lakes as a young girl. Their call echoed across waters heralding the coming summer.Today at our summer place they often feed in our bay. My favorite thing to do is kayak close to them and observe their habits and take photos.
To me they represent what is so special about our lakes and nature.They are legendary.

The common loon has a haunting sound when heard on a lake. Reminds us of camping by lakes from Ontario to British Columbia. We saw it once carrying babies on its back when boating on The Lake of the Woods in Ontario. We are sure they can be found across our lovely country.

The Loon is such a beautiful bird and its call is so beautiful. I always think of the Loon as Canadian. I hope this bird wins.

I do not require an actual essay to define my choice. Though I enjoy many of the species the list presented, the haunting call of the Loon will always steal my breath and cause me to reflect.

They are such pretty birds and I really like the colours and they sound very pretty.

It is a good colour. I like the sound of it when I go to sleep.

Yah yah yah I know, it's on the loonie. Woop-tee-do. But having decided to go with the loon on an analytical level - range in every province, pan-Canadian symbolism, etc - it was like an epiphany that goes beyond the ornithological. It isn't even fair to compare the loon with birds, when you consider the "added values" that it brings to the competition: the immediate and memorable impression that it makes acoustically, the fact that it howls on still nights over vast stretches of calm water or laughs as it flies like an arrow before rain, and you can imitate its call with your fingers or a blade of grass and it will answer, the ballet of it stretching or flapping as it calls, the jewellery of it in shape and pattern, the underwater speed and diving depth and lethal fisher, lifelong mating and carries its young on its back, and I have to stop 'cause the wife says I'm getting too excited. I just want to add before she comes back into the room that it's difficult to even conceive of it as a mortal animal, because it's Blakian among all creatures, like his tiger tiger burning bright. I've never been so certain of anything in my entire life even if ther wuz a bird that called "eh, eh, eh" and wouldn't never change my mind even if I have myself frozed so as I can wake up in, like, 3015 and all the loons are zombies that attack people.

Our family fondly remembers camping at Loon Lake Saskatchewan and the call of the loons in the early morning ours. It was magical and very Canadian

Every early morning, and in the evening, I can sit outside and hear the cry of the loon, it is one of the most beautiful haunting sounds ever.

The Common Loon is a bird people think of when they think of Canada. It is on our $1.00 coin, or a.k.a, the Loonie. Canadian Birders haven't lived until they've observed the Common Loon. The first time I saw a loon was last fall, I was 10, maybe 11. We were walking on the Jack Pine Trail in Algonquin Park, the only things we had seen was a Three-toed or Black-backed Woodpecker and a chipmunk. That was until we looked over at the lake. Many feet below, there it was. The Common Loon. I stood, mesmerized, while I watched the bird dive under again and again. It was that moment that my road to being a serious birder began.

The Loon is the most restful sound I know I am in wilderness when I hear it and love the tranquility that goes with the sound and the fact they mate for life
C. Havery

The haunting call of the loon pulls at the heart strings of anyone who has heard it. The cry epitomizes the Canadian wilds and all that we hold dear.

The Common Loon requires the large bodies of fresh water and quiet natural surroundings that the Canadian boreal forest provides all its migratory birds. With its haunting call and striking visual profile, the loon will be a compelling aural and visual symbol of the importance of the wild, untamed places to our birds and to humanity itself.

They are the call of the wild that Canada is known for .Canada is about the wilderness and the loon has a song that represents that and complement that picture .

I Love To hear them

the common loon, what is more peaceful than sitting on the porch of the cottage near
sunset and listening to the loons that live on the lake. watching them dive below the water and trying to guess where they'll pop up is a favorite game for us. all in all
i find their call a very calming sound.

I have a cottage on Georgian Bay and every other day in the fall, spring and summer one can hear a Loon call out. These birds have marvellous yet eerie sounding voices that seem as if they were made to echo off our many lakes that we have here in Canada. They are much bigger birds than one might think and very beautiful in their own unique way, like the many lakes that it inhabits all over our country. The Loons are already recognized in Canada through our currency. The "Loonie" is fondly named as our one dollar coin, the elegant bird is displayed on the front of that golden coin, hence the name. In a short video clip made by the Canadian government called 'Hinterland's Who's Who' the Loon was revealed to be called "The Great Northern Diver". The Loon is as mysterious and wild as its call and the country that it calls home. I want to cast this vote to protect this amazing bird that is not as common as its name suggests. This bird represents everything that Canada has to offer; grace, pride, wilderness and elegance. Take a gorgeous, crisp summer morning on a Canadian lake. The sun is rising, burning off the last of the mist coming off the lake. The one thing that would complete that scene is a proud call by a Canadian Loon. This is a bird that we, as a nation can all be proud of and fortunate enough to call ours.

I typed in some words in favor of the loon a few months ago and will not repeat them here. The recent blog essay was very good, but missed one important point - the loon's iconic call. The loon's eerie call is recognized instantly by most Canadians and it powerfully evokes thoughts of the countless cool lakes in the Canadian shield. In fact, when I hear a loon on a misty morning, I am often convinced that it is "speaking" about the lakes by saying, "It's coooold!".

The common loon IS Canada's bird! It's hauntingly romantic calls, especially in the middle of the night, are breath-taking.

The loon is a Canadian icon. It symbolizes the many lakes and rivers that are part of our wonderful country. It is a very loyal bird returning to the same lake year after year , mating for life and raising their families with both parents playing an active role in the nurturing of their young. Summer doesn't really begin until you hear the call of the loon, across a lake either early as dawn breaks or at night as they head in.

Common loons have pretty colours.

Il n'y a rien de plus beau que le chant du Plongeon huard lorsque l'on est sous la tente ou en canot sur un lac.

The tremolo call in the middle of the night woke me out of a sound sleep when I was a child having my first stay over at the family cottage on Benson Lake when I was about 8.
I was startled but titillated at the same time. I was to learn that loons have many calls all speaking to me of wilderness.
I have seen them in many ecosystems as I have traveled and worked across Canada during my lifetime. The Common Loon and its calls signify "wild" to me.
Sid Andrews

The range of the Common Loon in breeding season covers all Canadian Provinces and Territories. Only in winter does it provide our American friends with a chance to see its beauty and elegance, when it is a "visitor from Canada".

It represents a special aspect of Canadian life - lazing by water on a summer's day, watching this striking bird dive and resurface, or later in the day listening for that addictive and eerie sound that confirms the peace, tranquility and joy of a Canadian summer moment.

The common loon should be Canada's national bird. The name may contain "common", they are anything but. With their sleek black head and black and white patterned wings they are a beautiful bird. Their haunting call, if you are privileged to hear it, is unforgettable. The loon is an agile swimmer propelling itself underwater for great distances and usually eating its prey while submerged. They require crystal clear lakes to be able to see their prey better, which makes them good indicators of water quality. The loon is very unique in its look and calls and Canada should be proud to have the Loon, common or not, as it's national bird.

Beautiful bird with beautiful calls

I love the call of the loon

Long before I emigrated to Canada from Australia the loon's haunting call had captured my imagination. I arrived in Canada in 1967 and it was many years before this call of the wild filled my ears. I was staying in a very simple cabin in the woods near a lake in the Kooteneys. My responding to 4:45 am call to visit the outhouse was rewarded with several calls as a loon flew over me. My emotional response was far greater than I had anticipated. At last I truly felt Canadian. This call, its haunting beauty, was to me, the very essence of Canada. Since then I have been stirred by this sound on numerous occasions and repeated hearing does not lessen the soul penetrating effect on me. May the loon flourish in a world where its habitat is not always respected. Without your call Canada would be diminished.

When I think of Canada I always think of the loon.

Such a thrill to hear the call of the Common loon. I have spent many evenings hearing them "Call the rain" when at the family cottage. It instantly relaxes you and gives you such a sense of nature and peace!

Entendre son cri lors d'une période de chasse et de pêche. Fantastique.

the haunting call of the loon is unique, sends shivers of pleasure down my spine
Loon makes me think of a lake in the fall, a myriad of gold and red deciduous trees intermingled with evergreen pine trees.

Canada loves the Loon - its on our dollar coin after all! And the sound of the Loon is almost iconic, associated with Canada's vast wild spaces. Another factor for making the Loon our national bird is that they can be found in every province and territory.

Canada is a peacekeeping Country and the soothing call of a loon on a still lake on a summer's evening is a most calming experience. The site of a parent with baby loon on her back symbolizes caregiving and union.....also symbolic of Canada's culture and priorities historically. Bright and bold colourings, like the cold white Canadian winters and the dark black of our many deep forests. Majestic like our mountains, streamlined like our rivers and graceful alike our prairie grasses. Oh Canada, our loon calls out for the loon live on in your beautiful waters forever.

It's between the Loon and the Snowy Owl for me but when I see the Loon and think of the call of the Loon, it just calls out Canada to me.

I love the cry of the loon and I believe its call reminds us all of the natural, wild beauty of our country, and makes us proud. Both its appearance and its call are so easy for all Canadians to identify and there is no mistaking it.

I vote for the Common Loon as it is a very familiar seabird here. I love the haunting cry and find it fascinating to watch them fish.

The loon is a beautiful and mysterious bird with haunting call.

From the distant call of the loon on our Canadian lakes to the up close pearls on the loons neck. May the loon shine in all its glory. I vote for you Mr and Mrs Loon.

Every lake in the north has at least one par of loons, right across Canada! Also found on the BC south cost right through the summer, presumably unmated birds.

At every lake we have camped, in the west or in the east,there was always the call of the common loon.

I'm just learning about Common Loons. We are lucky to be living in Northern Ontario Canada where Common Loons breed. We visit a small lake called Four Bass Lake quite often for fishing and photography. Last summer we seen at least 3 pairs of loons (all in their breeding colors), each pair in different areas of the lake. Out of the three pairs of adults was only one baby. In September we made a trip to the east coast of Canada where i seen and photographed i assume a juvenile or non breading common loon. Being that i had no idea that loons changed colors, i thought wow!! a different kind of loon here on the ocean. So when i got home i checked it out on the internet and learned that they do change colors when they become at the breeding age and that some come to our area in Northern Ontario to breed and have their babies. Such an interesting and beautiful bird. Looking forward to visit the Four Bass Lake to photograph and hear their beautiful song again.

distinctly Canadian; very colorful, good enough to be on our money (the loonie), it should br good enough to be our national BIRD.

There is no other bird in the world with as distinctive a voice as the Loon. While Canadian Geese are everywhere around the planet (thus making them seem less special - they are actually a pest in Great Britain!) - the Loon is found nowhere but Canada. I'm Canadian born and living in England and the US, and if someone was to mention what I immediately thought of as being a recognizable bird specific to Canada, it would be the Loon for sure.

It's on our National dollar coin and common in the north.

This beautiful water bird is symbolic of Canada's abundant fresh waters and forests. It's haunting call is so unique and evokes memories of visits to the lake. Watching loons peacefully glide across the water and then waiting and waiting for them to resurface after suddenly diving is a sight Canadians treasure.

Elegant, beautiful, lovely song

there is nothing more beautiful and haunting than hearing the call of a loon across one of Canada's lakes

I was drawn to the call of the loon early in my youth. I was quite proud to learn how to imitate the loon's call using my hands. Now a senior, I continue to be drawn to the summer cabin on Lakelse Lake each year. The loons are ever present and they will be waiting for my arrival. I look forward to our next conversation. I generally initiate the interaction and wait and see what may come. It's always a thrill!!
Thanks for putting together a great contest.

Nothing is more evocative of our wild and ever-changing landscape than the common loon. Its unforgettable cry and unique behaviours place it among the most memorable of birds, while its presence on our waterways signifies health and well being in the ecosystem. Plus, it's gorgeous.

I love the loon so much that it is the ringtone on my phone.

it sounds like the vastness of Canada.

I can't think of any bird that represents Canada better than the beautiful loon. I am a Canadian living in Florida and we actually see the loons down here in the winter and we even have one small permanent colony of loons. There is nothing more beautiful than the call of the loon. Let's make the loon official.

This iconic bird is found in all provinces and territories. If it is good enough for our coins it deserves national bird!

I am fortunate enough to have a cottage in Muskoka, and one of my great pleasures is hearing the call of the loon in the early morning or evening

There is nothing more wonderful than the call of a loon on a lake in Northern Ontario in summer!

Loon is the call to be home and free! It talk to our soul.

j'ai choisi le plongeon huard parce qu'on les trouve tout part tout au Canada. On les trouve dans chaque province et territoires. Le plupart des Canadiens reconnait le plongeon huard et le bruit qu'ils font. L'image du plongeon huard a ete choisi par le gouvernement Canadien pour le mettre sur le piece de monnaie d'un dollar Canadien.

The Common Loon's image and haunting call on a Northern Lake is an integral part of Canada. The loon is a symbol of Canada's mighty boreal forest, and of wilderness. A perfect bird to represent Canada.

No bird call or song captures the essence of our Canadian wilderness more than that of the loon.

perseque se sur la dollar

This is our iconic bird, and not just because of its image on the $1 coin. It is found coast to coast, and its call for me is Canada.

The Common Loon breeds almost exclusively on the numerous lakes within Canada. It is widespread, familiar and exceptionally beautiful. It exemplifies the Nation with the worlds most freshwater lakes.

the loon is the most unique bird of canada. They are beautiful in there own special way. Their call is as calming as the ripples in the water where you would see them gliding , then all of a sudden they would go under and show up somewhere else. The loon is the only bird that I could sit and listen too for hours.

A hard choice and I love the Snowy Owl, but I have only seen the Owl in pictures. The Loon is Present - every day when I am at the Lake and is heard by all who know the Canadian wilderness. The Loon is amazing in its parenting and in its instinctive return to where it grew up. The Loon belongs here and is as beautiful and Canadian as any other creature.

Canada has a vast wilderness and loons are the epitome of the wild.

The Loon is AMAZING! It has the most beautiful call. I used to live in Saskatchewan where the loon was everywhere. Camping was the best...falling asleep to the loons calling to each other. It is still one of my most favorite sounds and every time I hear it I am reminded of home.

Gorden Lightfoot's song Whisper of the north says it all.

This bird has become synonomus withCanada because of the Loonie and is majestic,haunting and calming to watch and hear.

There is just something about this bird that words can't convay!

Nothing compares to the Loon. NOTHING!

I think birds are pretty and look nice when they fly and are really really really really really really really important for the future of our great nation!

In all my 45 years of life, I ALWAYS thought the loon was our national bird!! For some reason, I was led to believe this so I feel it should remain as I'm sure I'm not the only one with the same thoughts! COMMON LOON for sure!

There is not a person who on hearing a loon for the first time totally panics. Eventually the haunting cry and response echoing across a lake becomes comforting a familiar; a part of the Canadian landscape. Their crazy fall dances before they head south for the winter, their rolling and waving a leg in the air whilst preening are endearing. Their typical family groupings for mom,dad and kids probably inspired income splitting that leaves out single parent families.

Most of all I like that they are silent while wintering in the USA - so we don't have to share the beautiful cry. And, the males vicious defense of his territory is somewhat reminiscent of our national sport - hockey.

Yes definitely the loon.

Beautiful song, when many hear the loon they think of Canada. Loons are endangered & more focus on helping them would help all animals in their area.

I think that speaks well of Canada wanting to preserve nature's beauty & share with the world.

I love their enchanting evening call in early spring.

the sound of a loon framed by daybreak or dusk is probably one of the most quintessential Canadian experience out there. Id expect a good percentage of Canadians can remember some profound encounter with the haunting hoot of these creatures. Aside from the Canadian Goose, I don't think there is really much competition for the this title.

Best choice for CANADA

when i was young, the loon was the bird who wakes us up at the cottage. i never forgot his song!

The CANDA goose like it says

Symbolic of Canada's quiet waters throughout much of the country, the loon's haunting cry is unique and unforgettable.

The Canadian provinces all have official birds, but the country itself doesn't, eh?

The Common Loon has appeared on the reverse side of the $20.00 Canadian bank note (circa 1991), and in 1987 The Royal Canadian Mint introduced a one-dollar coin with the Common Loon on it's reverse side. A national public vote chose the “loonie” as the coin's unofficial name.

Canada should adopt the Common Loon as it’s national bird. Strange that Canada has not done so already, eh? Bird watching enthusiasts in Canada have been discussing this topic for years. The haunting sound of the Common Loon is often heard in movies and in wildlife documentary films. The Canadian Wildlife Federation (with Environment Canada), producer of "Hinterland Who's Who" (, a world-renowned Canadian wildlife documentary series, has used a loon in it's opening vignettes since it's inception in 1963. That was just prior to Canada adopting the Maple Leaf on it's national flag, and the patriation (a word perhaps coined by Lester B. Pearson) of the constitution. The call of the Common Loon is one of the most recognized sounds in nature. Here is a link to one of the 30 second vignettes produced by the Canadian Wildlife Federation describing the Common Loon and featuring it's distinctive call:

The Common Loon is inspiration for music, loon-calling contests, and festivals. Both Minnesota and Ontario claim the Common Loon as their official birds.

Canada does not have an officially sanctioned national bird. Neither the Common Loon, Canada Goose nor any other bird is officially a national animal/bird. Only the Beaver and Canadian Horse have official status as national animals in Canada.

Wade Schmaltz
Edmonton, Alberta

(the above includes many quotes posted earlier by others on sites named throughout this essay)

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The national bird of Canada should be the politicians in Ottawa. Those quacks have done more to make our economy dive faster than the loon. Americans have the Eagle for their national bird; a bird that soars. Canadians want a loon as their national bird; a bird that dives? Go figure.

Posted on: September 7, 2011 @ 9:14 am

Loons are a beautiful family bird. primordial call.

I am voting for the loon because of your description of the loon and how it is across the nation. I am a Canadian living in the USA and while the Canada Goose is more famous it is sometimes more like infamous. People complain about the goose.
I think the loon has a gentle energy befitting Canada.

For me, loons are symbols of the wilderness. I was fortunate enough to witness and photograph a loon hatching in the wild, a profound experience I will always cherish.

The Common loon should be Canada's bird of choice. Let's not forget the evolutionary factor that any animal or bird that doesn't take care of its young is not likely to last long in the wild. This doesn't hold true for the loon because a loon's maternal instincts and sheer power is probably what Canada is all about. As Canadians, it seems that a lesson or two can be learned from this bird, because the loon can be found everywhere in this country too!

The loon reminds me of my child hood growing up in Northwestern Ontario. One of my favourite parts back then and now is camping, with the sound of the loons on the lake. When I think of peacefulness I think back to the sounds of the forest and the loons on the lake with the sunrising (or setting). Loons represent peace of mind to me, like Canada represents peace to others.

The sound from this bird is symbolic of the Canadian wilderness. In fact, it would be a great disappointment if on a canoe trip into one of Canada’s many great parks, you did not fall asleep or wake up to the cry of a loon. There’s no other sound, other than perhaps the howl of a distant wolf, that compares. The way it raises the hairs on the back of our necks and, simultaneously, stirs our souls, I’m convinced that the loon’s lonely eery cry is embedded deep in our Canuck DNA. We are a country custom-built for loons. Sure, we can take pride in our world-class cities. But our country, for the most part, is forests and lakes and uninhabited -- the perfect home for Canada’s beloved loon. The bird embraces loyalty (they mate for life), Nobility; Is there anything more striking than a family of loons progressing across a northern lake, taking turns diving for food, and standing guard? Strength; I watch with envy whenever a loon dives deep into our cold Canadian water and stays under for what seems an eternity. Without the loon, the true north would be just as strong and just as free. But it would feel more empty and sadly less true.

Picture it . . . sun setting behind tall pines, golden reflection across a delicately breeze-ruffled lake, and the distinctive and somewhat haunting call of the Loon. There isn't a much more Canadian scenario than that.

The Loon is so incredibly well known, right down to our pocket change. What a visually stunning icon. Canada Goose, big Snowy Owl, the antics of the little Black-Capped Chickadee . . . all contenders for sure, but the Loon has the same smack of appeal as our Maple Leaf. It's already an icon. It deserves the spot Canada's national bird.

I really like loons, they sound pretty

when we camp I the song of the loon. I could sit for hour, with my coffee. Loon sound nice at 6:00 a.m.. They made my day so good.

The call of the loon can be heard on almost all Canadian lakes and rivers. The loon is strikingly beautiful. It most certainly has my vote for 'Canada's National Bird'.

National Bird

Common loon, what is that noise you hear coming from the lake you say? well that is the peace full sound of the great common loon, Its soothing sounds as it comes out at dusk make it a wonderful bird to have around. This should be Canada's National bird.

Aside from its emblematic presence on our dollar coins, the loon is remarkably well-recognized and a natural presence across Canada. Loons are a far better than Canada Geese, who are migratory and seen by all too many Americans as bad tourists, defecating on their lawns during their twice-yearly journeys.

(Proportional representation second choice: ravens, cementing First Nations themes and presence as central to our nation.)

"Nuts. I'm out of loonies. Gotta start scrounging for quarters." Even paying for parking is better with the bird. Loons, with their understated elegance, calm command of their watery realm and thoroughly calculated vocals, represent the lauded stereotypical Canadian in avian form. Canada of legend and past existed as a vast and haunting wilderness and nothing says haunting, or wilderness, like the call of a loon. They're athletic and won't stand for territorial takeovers, but are happy to migrate to warmer climes in winter. Quite patriotic characteristics. And they're water birds! After all Canada does not consist of land only - it also includes lots and lots (and lots) of water. Could any other bird possibly be more appropriate as our feathered representative?

When I think about our country I think of the wilderness of the north and the sound of the loon across the waters. What is more perfect than this beautiful bird as our national bird..

Common loon is such an endearing species, mates with the same partner, protects their children, gathers together with others for social hour, and comes back to the same bay every year. Really a special breed that deserves to be recognized as our national bird.

I think the Loon is found in every province and territory. It is beautiful while in Canada, and its call is hauntingly beautiful too.

The cry of the LOON is the most beautiful sound in the world...I vote for the LOON!

---call of the loon on a Northern lake ! ; )

What a beautiful, magnificent bird. Common Loons are best known for their yodel, hoot, wail and tremolo calls heard by many visitors to Northern Canada. However, the first sound that loons make is a 'peep-peep-peep' that is given by chicks when they are still inside the egg. Loons use their more commonly heard vocalizations for a variety of purposes. For example, the hoot call is used as a contact call as birds approach one another. The tremolo signals distress and may urge loons to move to safety. The yodel is used in territorial disputes, essentially stating to any loons close by - "This is our territory!" Finally, the wail indicates a willingness to interact and is used to reestablish contact between individuals when they have been separated. This form of communication is amazing and these sound can be heard for many miles. Many travelers from afar are intrigued by this sound and usually refer to Canada when discussing their camping or canoeing experience.

Just Vote.

It's beautiful and to my symbolizes Canada. The sound she makes sounds like nature and Canada is nature

Growing up in Northern Ontario, I remember the haunting cry of the loons on Lake Superior. They are beautiful birds. Although I love the Canada Goose, I think the Loon is a better choice for Canada's national bird.

The call of the loon will forever remind me of being off, in the backcountry lakes of Ontario, enjoying the precious, but short, summers.

To me the loon represents the true north strong and free.

I know there have been negative comments about the loon being too "common" but this bird can be found in so many places across Canada. It has a beautiful call that is both hollow and sad and soft and majestic. It is also a beautiful bird. Black and white, gorgeous markings. I know it's not a predator, but that's not what Canada is. We are a graceful, polite, nice to listen to country, just as the loon is.

Le Canada est un vaste pays avec ses grandes étendues d'eau qui sur chacune d'elle on peu apercevoir un couple de plongeons huards. Le matin à l'aurore on peu entendre leurs cris paisible tout en les admirant à travers la brume matinale, glissant sur les eaux avec à leur suite, leurs petits.

Out of the three birds in first place, I have never seen a live Grey Jay, and the Canada Goose is an abomination of a bird, the most hated of all geese. Better go with the loon.

The loon is the archetypal symbol of remote wilderness lakes in Canada. Since I love wilderness, the loon should be "our" bird.

Much as I love many of the birds, particularly the black capped chickadees that fill my yard, the loon evokes the strongest feeling in me providing an immediate flashback to hearing their amazing call across the lake as darkness fell.

Nothing sounds more Canadian than the call of the Loon ... plus it symbolizes our Canadian coin.

It's on the loonie. It's also a special bird to see and observe, and less annoying than the Canada Goose, which is my second pick.

Loons in the mist. Loons in an early morning mist on a lovely lake. They make this call, sort of like a laugh. We like Loons.

It sounds neat.

I think think it has a lovely sound. Go loon Go!

Son chant me séduit.

Every summer we visit a lake and swim with families of loons near our cottage in Quebec. The father calls to the young and seems to say stay away, catch up, lunch is ready.....well whatever they seem to have a variety of calls that are mesmerizing.
Last fall/winter some locals worried about a young male who had not flown away from a freezing lake succeeded in catching him and moving him to a wildlife centre.
Loons should be the national not only because they adorn the dollar coin but because of their beautiful, mystical qualities.

The Common Loon is ubiquitous in Canada. It has a very poignant and characteristic call, and this bird's image is already widely used and well known. It is also a beautiful water bird, and we have lakes and rivers in abundance. It somehow seems to represent the uniqueness that is Canada and its people and wildlife.

I have been in Canada almost 50 years and even before I became interested in birdwatching I was struck by the beauty of this bird and its haunting voice. For me, it is Canada.

There is no other bird call that sends goose bumps all over my body like the call of the Common Loon. It is a symbol of the Canadian lakes . It is a prehistoric bird that has managed to survive thousands of years but until recently is declining in numbers and needing our help. They mate for life and return to nest on the same lake year after year. They are truly amazing.

Une seule famille de plongeon huard se retrouve sur un lac.
Ses trois cris et chants nous charment souvent tôt le matin.
Il est l'écho de nos lacs.
Suivre ses plongeons et voir comment loin il peut revenir à la surface
fait parti de mes activités en kayak et au chalet de ma fille.
J'aime aussi le voir étendre ses ailes et se laisser flotter au gré des courants.
En somme j'aime plusieurs oiseaux listés mais le HUARD est mon préféré.

First came upon the Loon in Lake Superior in Thunder Bay. A beautiful bird with a haunting call.

The loon represents time at the cottage. A place where most amazing family memories are made.

For me it is the sound of a loon that makes it the all canadian bird. I love to hear it and to see it on a lake or pond. It is important that the National Bird be one that may be seen in the vast majority of the country and the Loon is that bird and it's song is easily recognized once a person knows it, it is not forgotten.

I believe the common loon epitomizes key characteristics often associated with Canadians and with our image in the world. Anyone who has ever sat lakeside at a cottage in absolute quiet, only hearing a distant loon, associates it with peace and tranquility. Canadians are seen, and want to be seen, in the world as peacekeepers. This is true in military operations, diplomatic functions, and interpersonal relationships. Another key characteristic is that it can fight for itself if necessary. Not preferred, but if necessary. This is similar to Canada's approach to international issues, especially those involving the military. We avoid getting involved in actual combat, preferring to take the peacekeeping role, but if threatened, our military can do "whatever they have to".

Being present throughout Canada, means most Canadians have probably seen or heard one. It is pointless to choose a national bird which most Canadians would not recognize and certainly the chosen bird needs to live or migrate through each province and territory or else it is not a truly inclusive Canadian choice. In Canada we try to have an inclusive society and this attribute of Canada should be closely linked with any national symbol.

Finally is its own beauty and the beauty it adds to the lake around it. That photo of a beautiful sunrise or sunset, lakeside, can only be improved by a loon passing through!

The loon may or may not be an obvious choice, depending on how one looks at it. But, when you really think about it's behaviour and characteristics, it is the PERFECT choice.

I voted for common loon because this is the bird that I want it is cool. I like this bird

It's so pretty!

I believe it should be the loon because it is the only bird that is on Canadian currency(loonie).

My grandfather and his father, mother and siblings emigrated from Holland to the US near Canada. My great uncle settled in Canada. Every weekend during the spring, summer, and fall, our family would go over the border into Canada to spend time at the cottage. We loved our time on the lake and felt, and still feel like it is our second home. For my sister and I growing up, there were no borders. Just as there aren't borders amid the boreal forest. It was an incredibly special place filled with wonder. We grew up listening and watching the loons. Each year we watched the young riding on their parents backs, and we grew with them. There were many quiet, close moments with the loons as we paddled silently around the bays, breathing in the the beauty and stillness. These were grounding times, experiencing the primal wildness. They were the foundation for our deep respect of the northern boreal forest. It would be an immense loss if the call of the loon would never be heard again.

I am always in awe of the beautiful sounds of the loons on our lakes.Their sharp colors project a proud confident appearance and there is nothing together than seeing a family of loons out for a morning or evening swim.

For the Loon's beautiful, haunting, and resourceful spirit; his voice echoing all we have and will stand for.

If it's good enough to be on our currency, it's good enough to be our national bird.

We have a cottage on a lake in Manitoba and the loons are a comforting sound and presence.

Unhappily this species is in danger and more awareness is needed to save it. Having the Loon as our national bird should do the trick.

I have seen and heard the Loons from Ontario to Alberta and their sound/song is so very distinctive. Wonderful to hear every time!

The call of the Loon is the sound of summer in Canada

The loon's distinctive call certainly qualifies it for a Canadian symbol!It's like no other!And it is distinctive in appearance.

I believe the common loon should be Canada's national bird. Nothing is more stirring that a sunrise or sunset to hear the wondrous cry!

I grew up going to the cariboo every summer . The Loon woke me up every morning and always made me feel like I was home; I was where I belong. I can think of no other bird that could better encompass the feeling of Home for Canada

The haunting, soulful cry of the loon echoing across Canada's wilderness lakes reflects the serenity and solitude of our land.

In my opinion, the loon represents communion with nature and living peacefully in our community.

It could only be the loon. Its haunting call as the early morning fog lifts over the still lakes in cottage country. What sound/image is more Canadian than that?

It is a beautiful bird.
There is a full moon, a glass smooth lake, a chill in the air.
It's late and then the loon calls; the day is complete.

Did you know that Canada doesn’t have a national bird. Well, if I had to choose one bird from the 426 birds found in Canada I would choose the common loon. Common loons are found throughout Canada so they are a part of all of Canada, common loons usually live near the mountains so when you are on a hike near the mountains be sure to check out lakes around it, you might find some very interesting loons. This mysterious bird has fierce red eyes and white on it’s feathers so it is representative of the Canadian Flag. The common loon turns black with white spots on it’s neck and body during the mating season (mating = finding a mate). This howling beauty is amazingly fast, it can catch fish with a speedy underwater swim. The common loon often eats small fish. This exotic creature is known for it’s wolf like call and is a land and water animal, loon calls are the most powerful and louder during the breeding seasons as loons are very protective of their territories. This endangered species deserves to be Canada’s national bird.

It's the best!

This a very elegant Bird which can be heard from spring to fall no matter where you live in Manitoba. I am not so positive about the other provinces but I suspect the same is true I live in a two story seniors complex in Virden Manitoba and with the windows open in the summer they can be heard all the time.

The Loon IS Canada. I have had the pleasure of sharing a mirror calm lake at dawn with a loon. I have had them dive and swim below my canoe in a flash of black and white. I've seen loons in many parts of our nation. From the shores of Newfoundland to lakes in Labrador. From quiet lakes in Gatineau park in Quebec and Algonquin park in Ontario. In Great Buffalo park in Manitoba and small lakes in Saskatchewan. On small lakes in Alberta and the Yukon. I've heard their haunting early morning call on Great Slave lake in the NWT. And I see them almost every winter day here in my current home along the shore in Victoria, British Columbia.

The times I stayed at a cottage in Quebec, my memories are of the Loon's calling across the water. The eerie sound reminiscent of the wail of a wendingo, the call of a wolf or simply the cold chinook in the trees. It all says Canada to me.

I'm supporting the Loon as its range is from Canada to our NW Fla Gulf edge waters.

We love the loon...we cherish seeing it on camping trips in Killarney Provincial Park!

A large and powerful bird, a master of the air and of water. It is loyal and nurturing to mate and family, both equally share nurturing duties. It has a beautiful and haunting call that echoes throughout our lakes and wetlands. I associate this bird with Canada more than any other.

The common Loon has a very distinct call and truly represents the wilderness that makes up most of Canada. Given the fact this bird is on the one dollar coin also shows the importance this bird has to Canadian culture.

We are picking the loon because our whole lives we have gone north for vacation and now we live here full time. When the ice melts every year we know the spring has begun when we hear the loons haunting call come across the lake. It truly is a Canadian symbol.

The loon is in every province and is commonly seen by anyone who ventures a little bit into the great Canadian outdoors. and its call is haunting and so beautiful. keep it real


My vote goes to the loon.

peaceful relaxing sound.


The only choice for anyone who kayaks, canoe trips and camps

I love the Common Loon.....this would be a great National Bird.

You don't need 5,000 characters to know which species is our National Bird.
Wake up on the side of a lake, in the distance you hear the peaceful call of a Loon. The Loon is protective of it's family, just like Canadians. If messed with, it can cause a lot of damage, just like Canadians.

A day is not the same when you are on a lake and do not hear a loon!

the iconic call of the common loon on lakes ... what great Canadian camping memories are made of : )

An extraordinary bird with strong family values, a wonderful and haunting voice that can also help save all of our lakes due to it's sensitive nature and breeding habits.

The loon calls remind me of all my summer vacations camping with my family. Many memories of canoeing across the lake and seeing a family of loons fishing watching them dive down then trying to predict where they would surface again.

Alright, listen here. The loon is clearly the best and most Canadian bird there is. When you go to your cottage in Muskoka, do you think about how lovely the honking, s****ing-on-your-dock geese are? No. Do you watch peacefully as a raptor (of any kind) comes swooping in to steal your food? No. You sit on your handmade Muskoka chair, with the mirrored lake relaxing as much as yourself, watching the polite and graceful Common Loon as it glides effortlessly through the water, simply minding its own business, and you are at peace. Now, entering night, your loved ones are sitting with you around the campfire, enjoying the beautiful Canadian wilderness... What's that, is that Kid Rock playing? Turn that garbage down, I'm trying to listen to the nature! Ah yes, there it is, the lovely swooping, almost lilting call of the Common Loon reminds you just how amazing it is to be Canadian.

common loons are found throughout Canada...even around april they are migrating above our big cities heading north to our lakes...the sounds of this bird and the sight of this bird gives a lasting image to all Canadians who see and hear the bird...

Je vote pour le Huard car je trouve qu'il chante très bien et il s'approche de nous amicalement

Canada is blessed with many fresh-water lakes, especially Ontario, where the heart-warming call of the loon reminds us of how beautiful and peaceful a country Canada really is!

On retrouve le plongeon huard dans la majorité des lacs du Québec et du Canada. Il vit en couple et revient annuellement au même endroit pour y nicher. Emblème très représentatif de l'oiseau national du Canada.

The common loon would make an excellent choice to represent Canada. Most Canadians could probably say they have seen, heard or at least know something about loons, as their large range and abundance provide more opportunities to have interactions with them. Some of the other birds on the list have limited distributions, are rare, or are hard to spot, which makes them special indeed. But can most Canadians identify with something they never see? Something that doesn't exist in their part of the country? What makes the loon special is that it is truly unique, and most Canadians would be able to pick one out of a crowd based on sight or sound - a commonality that can foster a real sense of community and national pride.

Also, the common loon is on our 1 dollar coin and is the reason for the aptly named 'loonie'. In my mind the loon is already our national bird. What would happen if we changed it? Would we have to change the currency? Hey, I've got 3 rose-breasted grosbeaks in my wallet. Just doesn't sound right.

not an essay really but a comment. although "common" the loon beings memories of summer holiday evenings near a lake. love the plaintive call.

Well , i feel the common loon is Canada's national bird . and well its my favorite so will always get my vote .. Simone

On le retrouve partout au Canada, avec son chant paisible et nostalgique, porteur de paix et de sérénité.

The Loon should be our Canadian Bird...their beautiful soulful call is a peaceful,lonesome call that echos across the lake...I could be on the lake all day taking photos of them and listening
to them.They are an amazing bird!!

I love watching the loons with their little ones out my front windows.

There is nothing "common" about this beautiful, unique bird. Its' call is one of the most distinct and haunting I have ever heard. It truly represents the uniqueness and beauty that is Canada.

Its sound and its presents in our wild areas is undeniably haunting and recognized by all those, who are Canadians who love the wilderness experience.

Okay, it is probably a bit presumptuous for someone from the USA to vote here but I am from Maine and have (distant) relatives and a number of friends in Canada. As a serious birder, I have always thought of the Common Loon as the voice of Canada.. Although I do prefer the name given to the bird by Brits -- Great Northern Diver.

One of my first summer holidays in this great country was a camping
trip to Grundy Lake Provincial in Ontario.
There is nothing that compares to the early morning stillness than
the cry of a loon on a tranquil quiet lake while slowly paddling a canoe through the early mist.
A sight and sound to remember forever.

The Loon. The Canada Goose is a dirty,noisy,aggressive bird. The Loon is sleek, private, elegant and self sufficient as well pretty. The Owl is too withdrawn, the Whisky Jack too scrappy.

Fond recollections of waking up in cottage country or camping and hearing the wake up calls of the loon, emanating from the pristine waters of a misty lake.

It is just the bird for Canada.....

The Common Loon is found where there are undeveloped natural settings, clean water, great forests and watersheds. The Loon's iconic sound is unmistakable and unique, touching the wild parts of our souls.

I lived close to a lake and loved to hear the call of Loon in the evening.
We had several nesting pairs on the lake and would see them fishing for their meals. Loved watching the young birds swimming with their parents.

The sight and sound particulary on a foggy day on Georgian Bay is heartwarming.

The Common Loon is already on our most famous currency so it makes sense!

The sound of the loon will always be home to me

You see it and hear it and associate it with Canada.. It's on a coin already..

it's the forlorn call that beckens all...

loons are Canadian

there's nothing so evocative of our country as the sound of the common loon in the evening or early on a summer's morn. Pure Canadian music.

Hearing loon calls echo across lakes in Muskoka, and seeing it on the loonie all the time has influenced my decision.

their call is hauntingly beautiful when you hear it you automatically know what bird it is.... Love to watch them on the lakes with their little ones

I think the Common Loon would be a great National Bird. The bird is beautiful in its summer plumage; it's strong, even classical looking; it's easy to recognize it on the water from it's shape; it has a beautiful, haunting tremolo (sp) call that is so indicative of the vastness of Canada; and, to boot, we have a Loonie as currency! Yeah the Loon!

Serene bird whose call is the sound of Canada's most beautiful spaces.

The call of the Loon-is the sound of Canada

The majestic Northern loon has always been a simble of Canada, dealing in Tourism for many years my guests have always mentioned how the call and the site of a Loon is Canadian.

Great way to draw public opinion and get people involved. Looking forward to the result!

Waking up to the call of a loon when camping close to a lake is so special. A loon is definitely my favourite bird.

I think the loon should stay as the bird that represents Canada. There are too many things going on in Canada and we are losing our heritage.

We lost our Religion in schools, we lost our traditional holidays.. things are changing and we are forgetting what made this Country the great place it is today.

Out of respect for our history, keep the Loon.

There is nothing Common with the Loon. This bird's haunting call represents the Canadian North.

I grew up in the City of Toronto. When privileged enough to go camping as a kid with the Boy Scouts to Algonquin Provincial Park or Haliburton Scout Reserve, my favorite sounds through the day and at sunset were the sounds of the Loons. Now in my 50's that sound still brings back amazing memories of Canada's natural wilderness and calming effect while enjoying an amazing sunset. Unlike a lot of the birds on the list, the Loon does not need to be seen to be appreciated, although that is a big bonus! I believe the unique sound of their call, that can be heard by many along the wonderful collection of lakes Canada enjoys, inspires many great memories and starts new ones for visitor to our wonderful country.

The most recognizable of Canada's birds, all you have to think about is the cottage, early morning and the call of the loon over the misty still waters. Enough said, nothing better!

We look forward to hearing & seeing loons each year at our cottage in northern Ontario. We feel that they represent our country and are beautiful at the same time.

The Loon embodies the quiet and peaceful characteristics of Canada. Our north woods would no be the same without the cry of the loon echoing over the lakes and forests. It is a peaceful and, for the most part, a non-aggressive bird who seeks to participate as part of our country being content to raise its young and sing to all who would listen.

Pour son cri merveilleux, tout simplement!

Like the people who call Canada home,the common loon's range spans every province and territory. It is a robust and versatile bird that lives on land, in the water and in the air. The loon's haunted cry can be heard throughout the beautiful wilderness that we as Canadians are very proud of. It is an iconic bird, that nations around the world recognize as uniquely Canadian. It just so happens that we also refer to our currency as "the loonie", which is why the loon should be our national bird.

I actually thought the common loon was already our national bird. Shows you what I know.

I grew up in SE Ontario in cottage country and the song of the loon in the evening is something I remember very fondly. Haunting yet made it feel like all was right with the world.

The loon's call IS CANADA. Each time I hear it's call I stop in my tracks and listen with all my being. It reminds me of the glory of our beautiful land.

The Loon is as Canadian as the Maple Leaf.
Once you hear the call of the loon you know you are home.

The loon is a magnificent bird that I have been quite fond of for years. Their sad, erie cry is breathtaking and can be heard for miles around. Their sound reminds me of summer time at the cottage or going for hikes through Algonquin. This beautiful bird deserves the title of Canada's national bird for sure! I mean, it's already on our currency!

Loons are amazing birds, that make beautiful sounds!!! I love listening to them

I have live in Northern Ontario for many years. I have travelled the world. There is no call anywhere in this wide world that can come close to our Loons. They are recognized through out the world as belonging to Canada.

I vote for the Loon as it is wonderful to hear on our lakes and there are more lakes in Canada then any other place.

As Canadians we value "Peace".
I can think of nothing more peaceful than sitting by one of our country's many lakesides listening to the early morning call of the beautiful Loon. It inspires peace in my soul, as does knowing that I am a citizen of a Peaceful Country named Canada!

I like the loon. I watch for the loons at our cottage on Kennisis Lake in Haliburton in the summer. They are so quiet and they glide through the water so smoothly. I just love them.

Canada has a lot of fresh water lakes, and most of those are home to the loon. And just in case I have to mention it, our one dollar coin is called the loonie. What could be more appropriate?

The criteria for choosing a Canadian bird should involve a bird that is found in all of the country or at the very least a large percentage. The common loon is found almost everywhere in the country. It has one of the most haunting and peaceful voices. Love them!


Sorry to say that the loon is disappearing, and if nothing else I think that is how it should be remembered

The haunting and beautiful soulful sounds of the common loon represent the beauty of our countries nature.

My favorite bird as a kid. I could imitate it's call and when we went to the cottage I would stand on the end of the dock and call them. They always returned the greeting.

Loons Rule!

Peaceful sound, tranquil, does not bother others, the perfect Canadian. Hearing this bird, allows a person to drift away mentally into bliss. It is on our dollar and is the unofficial bird of Canada, so let us make it official

It's the most common bird seen.

I hate hawks...I love doves and loons

A national bird should be present nationally. The Common Loon is one of the few bird species in Canada that is seen from coast to coast to coast. It's call is iconic and is recognized by many canadians.

The embodiment of wilderness, the actual aural experience of the wild, of lakes fringed with dark pines, found in nearly all parts of the country (unlike the Grey Jay!) If this bird is our national symbol, we will be forced to protect the most vulnerable and valuable wild ecosystems, wetlands. That reason alone is enough, but the beauty of their call, their incredible tenderness to their young, the fact that they're an evolutionary bridge between ducks and geese…they should be our symbol for all these reasons.

The Loon brings to mind a scene of transcendent, peaceful moments spent on the dock or in the canoe. As dusk is settling in and the sun has almost set, the call of the loon cries out as if to wish you a good night. A day spent on the lake without hearing the loon just never feels complete.

Common loon is the boss

The loon is a stunningly beautiful bird with majestic features. The beauty of it when they raise themselves out from the water to show their gorgeous spotted pattern and their wing span as they flap. Their hauntingly amazing cry. To listen to them communicate between themselves at night (or any time) is the best stress/sleep remedy I can imagine. It's so peaceful. They have one partner for life and one family per lake. They can swim underwater for miles although they aren't the prettiest fliers. This bird, in my opinion, should win hands down for their beauty and grace and mostly for their vocals. How many people spend time on a lake enjoying Canada's nature which hold the homes of these beautiful souls and since Canada is known to have the most fresh water lakes in the world these creatures are enjoyed by millions. It seems a no-brainer to me. I would be so proud to call this beauty of nature Canada's national bird. My fingers are crossed.

Since I have always felt the call of the loon is the iconic sound of the Canadian wilderness, it is appropriate that it should be the national bird.

Easy winner with that haunting call echoing in all provinces & territories.

Le Huard étant déjà sur les pièces de un dollar..ce serait agréable qu'il soit notre oiseau représentatif..

Its simple. The loon is on the loonie.

The family of loons on the lake where we spend our summers wake us up each morning with their beautiful musical song. We have been told that loons will only nest and feed on lakes that are free of pollution. I think having a loon as our national bird will tell the world that our waterways are not polluted. These beautiful birds swim around the lake peacefully, gracefully and at the beginning were very timid. Now they do not dive whenever we circle the lake in our paddle boat. Our lake does not permit motor boats or any other motorised vehicles that are driven by gasoline!

I love loons so much, I love their call too

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I like Loons


I'm voting, not for scientific/ecological, but for poetic reasons. The loon needs and inhabits space, a significant amount of calm northern space. Lakes surrounded by mixed and boreal forest, without a great deal of human traffic. The loon sits low on the water and appears to be comfortably a part of its glassy, reflective surround. All creatures form a part of their niche but the loon seems to do this with an almost feline pride and grace. If we could only do the same. It's vaunted call fully justifies its place in Canadian lore: it evokes not fear, or even active interest, but mild shock, wonder and then calm. Its call opens a space of stillness in the listener, where where the cool northern air can settle and cleans. The loon embodies the best, the majesty of the north.

This bird has kept me company when I carried out research on lakes in different Canadian provinces. I love its wild calls. I also like the fact that this bird stands for craziness and there is something crazy about Canada.

I find the Common Loon utterly fascinating.

I have a dream about spending time beside one of our isolated lakes in the Canadian wilderness again, as I did as a young person, and hear the Loon call again. There is something haunting about the song of the loon; makes one think of Ted Harrison and his series on the Cremation of Sam Magee- away, alone, lonely, melancholy. Hauntingly beautiful! A fine symbol for all our wilderness and the lovely wild animals who dwell there. God Save our Native Land.

The call of the loon is evocative. Memories of canoeing on quiet lakes; happy times spent with family. Every time I hear the call of a loon I feel at peace, and happy to be alive.

To me not just the sight of a common loon, but also the sound of the loon's tremulous call echoing over a boreal lake, is quintessentially Canadian!

I've always thought the Loon was our national bird, it's on our coin!

I chose the loon as the bird most suitable to be Canada's national bird for a couple of reasons. It is the bird on our dollar coin, and thus is already well known and associated with Canada. Butt more importantly the cry of the loon is so evocative. Just hearing it brings me back to my childhood when the haunting cry would resound whenever we were out in the country. I often think about the early settlers who must have also heard this sound, and, if they were at all superstitious, I am sure that they would have wondered what kind of creature this was. The loon also features heavily in aboriginal tales and spirituality, and would therefore serve to connect both the original inhabitants and the newcomers. It speaks no language in particular, and would thus be acceptable to all Canadians, no matter what their mother tongue is.

I love the sound of the loon on the lake in the morning during the summer. Gives you chills!

A call of freedom and delight
Floating on the night air
Laughing at the stars
Beautiful and wild
The lilt of an Aurora?
Its spirit echoing on granite faces
Echoing over the lake's surface
So peaceful, so clear
The song of the North
The Loon

As before it`s the great memory's of our cottage life when the kids were young.

Thank`s for this great memory.
Ron Matte

The loon already appears on the loonie and on the $5 dollar bill. It is a very distinct bird that makes a distinct sound and can easily be identified by its call or by the site of it diving down for a bite to eat.

These animals represent tranquility. Think of the sound of a loon on a lake. I think it really has the ability to connect you to nature.

There is a reason it put the loon on our money, just like we put the queen and past prime ministers.

The loon is unofficially Canada's national bird. Why not make it official?

Can there be anything more evocative of the Canadian wilderness than the haunting call of a loon? It can be a sublime song, echoing over the still waters of a crystal clear northern lake or a crazy laugh that shatters the silence. Even after years of watching and listening to loons on our neighbourhood lakes I still get a rush of shivers when I hear their first calls in the spring. While I love the hyperactive chickadees, sparrows and finches, the stately cranes and raptors, the entertaining Corvidae and the many species of woodpeckers -- my heart is with the loons.

There is nothing like the call of a loon on a still summer night ... pure magic.

The Loon reminds me of nature at its unfettered beauty. At night you hear the plantive call through the mist of the sleeping lake. Independent, determined, illusive, the loon protects its home land and its offspring. I believe that is the essence of my country, Canada.

I believe the common loon is a great choice for the Bird of Canada. When I think of the loon it reminds me of the beautiful lakes located in our Country. The loon has a beautiful call. It is on our Canadian 1$ Coin. The loon is in stories that aboriginal people tell. It is a fantastic flyer and diver. It is beautiful!

My vote is for the Common Loon.

The Common Loon is found across Canada and its call is recognizable to all. To me it is a synonymous with Canada.

I remember spending weekends at various lakes during my youth. You could hear the call of the loon and there was something eerily soothing about it. It was a sound we looked forward to hearing.

The's on our Loonie.

The best of sounds when I am sitting looking over the water, letting the smells and sounds of nature soothe my soul.

I vote for the Common Loon. It's a bird species that all Canadians can identify with as its range covers all provinces and territories. And it is already a symbol for Canada as it appears on the loonie. And let's be honest, nothing typifies the Canadian wilderness more than the haunting call of a common loon in the summer! I vote for the loon!!!!!

Several years ago, when we were asked to vote for the official B.C. Bird, i voted for the common loon, but was told it was the official bird of Canada - so i was surprised to find out it wasn't.

My first time camping in Algonquin Park was an unforgettable one because that was the first time that I spotted a magnificent loon on Pog Lake. I had never seen one before but remembered watching an old NFB animated film depicting a First Nation story on how the Loon got its' necklace. This magical camping experience for me, as a first generation Canadian, one who had never been camping before was topped that night when I heard the loon's seemingly sad and haunting call. I was immediately enthralled by its beauty.
Its' gracefulness, distinct colour and markings, intelligence in hunting, incredible skills of survival in the north and in cold waters to me symbolize our true essence as strong Canadians.
There are so many birds that deserve to be recognized as our national bird but the loon and its connection with our historical and rich First Nations people should place this formidable bird as our symbol.

Iconically Canadian!!

I love all birds but the loon is special to me. We have a pair that nest on our small lake in Ontario and they delight us for many reasons. Harbinger of spring, method of raising their young, haunting calls, colors, sleek body shape, fishing habits, long term mates all tell me that this bird is the Canadian bird of choice.

There are many birds that could be chosen on a regional basis, but if this is to truly be a national bird then it must also project an image of what we Canada and Canadians to be perceived like. The Common Loon fits this overall image better than any other bird and would be seen in as a positive image for us to project, not only to ourselves, but also to the rest of the world.

The Common Loon is so called because it is a common bird found on many of our thousand lakes in Canada. It is one sound that many settlers of Canada were familiar with, it is a common sound our grandparents, parents and children hear when camping in Canada's great outdoors. Canada is a vast land of wilderness, and no matter where you visit, travel, or stay you will hear a Loon call on the lakes of Canada.

Nothing like the sound of a Loon in the morning!

I have a hobby where I handcraft loons
I have made over 600 loons
They are a great handout on trips we have taken
No to brave but the loons I made
Are all over the world
Yes the loon for the National bird of canada

The loon is such a peaceful bird

My wife and I sit on the deck on Nipissing and love to hear their cry all day and a lot at night out by the campfire.

Did you know that 83% of Canadians have seen the Common Loon? They are one of the most famous birds with the Snowy Owl and the Blue and Gray Jay. Do you want to know more about this majestic and unique bird? The reasons that I think the Common Loon should be chosen is it is found all around Canada and the U.S. and it is lucky. The Loon can stand on ice with his feet, this is because the heat of his body stays in his upper body and not his legs. The Loon can fly about 670 miles in a day. I think the Common Loon should be Canada’s official bird because it brings good luck and lives all around Canada.

The most important reason the Common Loon should be chosen as Canada’s nation bird is that it is lucky. In 2002 they buried a lucky loonie in the ice and that helped the women and men’s hockey team to get the gold medal. For my second reason they are found all around Canada and parts of the US. They are found in every lake in every province and every territory. In the winter they migrate to the United States.

Common Loon
Yodel Yodel Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! Yodel Yodel Yodel-ay-hee-hoo! COMMON LOON! The loon has a black body, white body and red eyes. The loon eats fish mostly like perch and sunfish. Also it has two other names other than common loon Gavia Immer and Great Northern Diver. I think the common loon should be Canada’s official bird because the common loon is intelligent, found all over Canada, it’s on our loonie, it was buried in the ice in the winter Olympics and it has Canada’s colours.
My first reason is that the common loons are parents because the parents let their babies ride on their back when they get cold from the water. Common loons go out and find a lake with a lot of food when they are not nesting. Then after 11 weeks they leave their babies. So they enough food so the babies can live there while the babies can’t fly and when they learn to fly they can go to another lake. The parents don’t leave their babies to be mean, they leave so their babies have enough food. Common loons are good parents like Canadians are.
My next reason is that loons are intelligent because they know if some other loon is going to intrude their land and the loon’s battle for the land. Loons hear other loon’s yodels when the common loons change lakes. They are able to recognize a loon by their calls. Also baby loons learn how to fly, how to find food, protect themselves from predators etc… they do this all by themselves. Loons are very intelligent so Canada’s common loon should be our national bird.
Another reason is loons are found all over Canada. Provinces are Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The territories are Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. Common loon found in every single one of these. The loon loves Canada so much!
On top of that the loon is already on our loonie they represent one of our currencies. The past about loonies is that their bills wouldn’t last for long so they thought and thought and they changed it to a coin like our townie was. After the original master died they made their own decision without the head master (the master was the one who made every decision). The loonie represented a voyageur. The loon was chosen to be on our loonie why not chose it to be our national bird?
Also a loonie was at centre ice in 2002 at the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The loonie was buried under the ice and brought Canada good luck by winning gold for men and women’s hockey teams. It won us GOLD so it should win to be our national bird.
Finally, the common loon has a white belly, black body and red eyes. It has Canada’s national colours it represents Canada. COMMON LOON! COMMON LOON!
For these six amazing reasons (behaviour, characteristics, intelligence, habitat, it’s on our loonie and it won us gold in the winter Olympics). I think the common loon should be our national bird. You know the common loon is the best, just stop the vote and pick the common loon!

The common loon is a beautiful waterbird, one of the oldest species on earth, often the last one hears on a lake in the woods, and the first in the morning. It is an iconic bird.

I am voting for the Majestic Loon because it is large, spectacular and majestic....just like Canada! I believe it is truly reflective of all the incredible beauty and vastness of this great country.

Our Family has had the pleasure of sharing Attlee Lake with a family of loons for close to fifty years. Knowing that they have once again arrived on our lake before the May 24 weekend is something that brings much joy to each and everyone of us. Listening to their beautiful call and trying to imitate it or call back is something only my wife has mastered; but the rest of us keep trying.
About thirty years ago three families on our lake built a loon's nest off shore. Some of their eggs had been consumed by predators and we felt that this would simply give our favorite bird a better chance of survival. Much to our surprise not only did they use our homemade nest; it actually improved their survival rate.
I am not able to accurately tell you how many years they were successful in reproducing at least one chick but I would predict that their success rate has been over ninety percent. Three loon calls (Cheers) for our future national bird.
Thank you for the opportunity to vote.

C'est l'oiseau de notre devise et il est magnifique alors pourquoi pas? Aussi son aire de distribution est partout au Canada contrairement à d'autres espèces (paruline du Canada).

the loon IS a national bird, found from coast to coast to coast.

unlike the maple leaf on our flag which is only native to eastern canada, the loon is truly canada wide.

Our $1 coin is a loonie so the loon should be our national bird.

The call of the loon is iconic - the voice of Canada's lakes and wilderness

Notre pays est un pays de lacs et forêts, le huard y est le roi. En tout cas, moi je suis à ses pieds lorsqu'il manifeste sa présence par son chant mystérieux!

The call of the loon is the peaceful sound of Canada. It sounds like home.
The image is on our dollar and in our everyday language. What bird could be more appropriate?

What a sound....the cry of the loon...truly a sign of Canadian anticipate the call at 11 pm and like clockwork, there it is, the call signalling the end of the day....enjoyed while sitting around the campfire...and to watch its antics on the lake, with its various calls and dances and take offs, and splashy landings...truly a sight to watch and behold...oh how we yearn for the end of this winter weather to get back to PA National Park !!!

We, in Canada, are blessed to be surrounded by many beautiful birds. If I am asked to chose one as Canada's Bird it would have to be the Common Loon. The name doesn't match the beauty of this magnificent bird. We are very fortunate to live on a lake where the loon likes to reside. Their wonderful calls to each other are amazing, especially first thing in the morning, when there all is calm, there seems to be an echo of a single loon calling out over the water. I was once fortunate enough to watch the mating ritual of two loons meeting and after about half an hour to an hour swimming off to begin their lives together. I love watching them scurry across the water in play with each other and there is nothing as precious as a parent carrying its babies on its back or watching the little ones following their parents and learning the art of diving for their food. For all the reasons mentioned above, I vote for the Common Loon as Canada's National Bird.

We put the loon on our dollar coin, doesn't that say something?

Why the Loon, simply because this a true bird of the North. His voice evoques the wilderness that as Canadians we hold dear to our heart and soul. Most people have either seen or heard a Loon at some time because it is present from the Spring migration to the the Autumn migration, whereas the Snowy is only visible during the winter months and only in specific areas south of its breeding range and also it is the bird chosen by Québec. The same can be said about the New Brunswick bird; the Black-capped Chickadee.

I believe that we should vote for the Loon because so represents Canada.

There is nothing as hauntingly beautiful, to me, as the sound of a Loon on a misty lake in the early morning sunrise

I had intended to vote for the White-Throated Sparrow, the gregarious and curious bird whose song is quite patriotic "Oh Canada, Canada, Canada..." or the lovely Rock Ptarmigan but since their votes are so low, I am choosing a fabulous contender. The Common Loon ranges over much of Canada and it's soulful haunting song and calls are unforgettable. Sure the Snowy Owl is amazing and Ravens are so crafty and intelligent but the COLO really catches the imagination and inspires awe. It is also on our dollar, is beautiful, sleek, and a bird of the North.

The call of the loon is an enduring part of Canada's history. It represents the vast openness of the Canadian wilderness and the mystery of exploring the north!

The sound of the beautiful and majestic loon is a reminder of the peaceful setting of cottage areas like the Muskokas, where Canadians (and visitors) can enjoy and appreciate Canadian nature. The term loonie for our $1 coin is a known well by Canadians, so in itself this bird is already a symbol for Canadians.

J'adore les huards. Je les admire pour leur capacité à plonger dans l'eau et toujours ressortir avec des poissons.

C'est un oiseau qui habite partout au Canada.
Son crie est très beau et particulier. Cet oiseaux est curieux. De son point d'eau, il nous observe quelque fois, nous regarde mais sans être familier.
Lorsque nous arrivons au chalet et même d'une année à l'autre, c'est toujours les même couple d'oiseaux.
C'est aussi un oiseau préhistorique.

C'est un oiseau que l'on retrouve dans toutes les provinces.. Il occupe les lacs, ces grandes étendues d'eau douce du Canada, il est fabuleux et son cri est unique.

Le huard est un oiseau qui a de la grâce et représente la beauté de la nature et est un oiseau de paix.
Serge Larue

Son cri est envoûtant et facilement reconnaissable. En été, toute personne qui passe un peu de temps à proximité des lacs peut attendre le ''ioulement'' d'un plongeon huard. Il fait partie de l’expérience! On le retrouve généralement sur tout nos lacs, près des zones côtières et dans la toundra. Il est un plongeur exceptionnel. Plusieurs pays ont émis des timbres à l'effigie de cet oiseau. Il figure sur la pièce canadienne de 1 dollar ainsi qu'au verso de l'ancien billet de 5$.

I believe that the Common Loon should be the national animal for Canada. The Common Loon is a Land, Water and Air creature that migrates annually, which is a lot like the people of Canada and their curiosity of the world causing them to traverse the world. The Common Loon is a very good parent and is quite peaceful. Like Canada's culture and respected policies. Canadians are considered a bit dull at times and the Loon shows that with it's grey color but the Loon's bright red eye shows it's true intelligence.

On le retrouve partout, sur les grands comme les petits lacs, èa la grandeur du pays. Son chant lançinant est toujours émouvant et nous rappelle la grandeur de la nature, et l'obligation que l'on a de protéger son territoire.

The Common Loon

What has the best cry in Canada? The common loon. Did you know that the common loon are expert divers they can dive 200 feet down and still they see very well. I think the common loon should Canada’s national bird because it’s found all over Canada, it is on the loonie, lucky loonie and it needs Canada.
First it’s on the loonie. The loonie was intruded in 1987 as a cost saving to replace the dollar bills it was chose to be on there because it’s a lucky bird. Next the lucky loonie. A loonie was placed in center ice in 2002 in 2014 men and women won gold.
Next it is found all over Canada in the summer it comes to Canada but only half of the upper parts and goes to America in the winter it also goes to Alaska partly in the summer it does not go to Mexico or green land. Next it needs Canada it is lc (least concern) on the lucn red list that means it is stable and healthy because it lives in Canada it needs clean waters and Canada has that.
In conclusion Canada needs the loon and the loon needs Canada.

The loon is love the loon is life

The Common loon

Canada has many amazingly different species of birds. But they don’t have a national bird. So I think that the common loon should be the national bird of Canada some facts about the common loon. They are a healthy environment to Canada they can also, dive under the water 200 meters deep.
Here is one of my reasons why I think that the common loon should be the national bird of Canada. Number one, it’s on our one dollar coin the loonie. The loonie was created in 1987 at the Canadian mint. Next, in 2002 they placed a loonie under the ice for the Olympics to give the men and woman good luck, and they won. So now the loonie is known to be called (the lucky loonie). They also, made the loonie so then they could get the rid of the one dollar bills.
My second reason is the loon call. The loon is famous for its beautiful call, basically everyone up north has heard of the loon call. There is different kinds of the loon call. Here are two. One, its call for danger, next its call for mating season (in the summer).
My third and final reason is that the common loon can change its colour on its neck and feathers. Why do they change colours they change colours during the different seasons. Finally here are some different colours that they can change: grey, white, black, and blueishgreen. And sometimes contains Canadians colours.
The common loon is an amazing bird and a very well-known bird. So I think that it should be the national bird of Canada.

Have you ever heard of the common loon? It is an amazing, majestic, friendly bird that I think should be Canada’s national bird. Did you know the common loons’ body is long and very heavy and the legs are near its butt. Another name for the common loon is “Gavia immer.” To comfort there selves they stretch their wings and stretch there muscles or they waggle their feet. They eat mostly perch and sunfish but if the water is to muddy for catching fish, they catch snails, leeches, crustaceans and even aquatic insects. I think the common loon should be Canada’s official bird because it is on Canada’s coin “the loonie.” It is found in most lakes and rivers in Canada and also live in every province and territories in Canada. They are found in Canada from late April to early November. 83% of Canadians know of the common loon. They were also a good luck charm at the 2002 winter Olympics.
My first reason is it is found on a coin. The loon is on the “loonie.” You can only pay with the loonie in Canada. My second reason is that the common loon is found all throughout Canada. The common loon is found in every province and territories in Canada. Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova scotia, Prince Edward island, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest territories. They are found in most lakes and rivers and they are here from late April to early November.
Another reason is that most Canadians know or have seen the common loon. For this reason, eighty-three percent of Canadians know or have seen a common loon in their life. It is very rare that a Canadian has not seen a common loon. Finally, the loonie was a good luck charm at the Olympics. A loonie was found on the centre of the ice at the 2002 winter Olympics. It was good luck to the Canadian men and women’s hockey team.
This peaceful and gentle bird should be Canada’s national bird. There are many symbols of Canada such as the maple leaf, beaver and more, but soon there will be one more “the common loon.”

Common loon
What has webbed feet red eyes and is known all over Canada. If you guessed the common loon you are right. The common loons are expert divers they can dive up to 200 feet to catch fish/prey but one of the coolest facts about them is that loon means clumsy and the common loons cannot walk on land.

My first reason why the common loon should be Canada`s national bird is that in the winter they can only be found in Canada and Canada is known for their winters.

My second reason that the common loon should be Canada’s national bird is that the north American population is the only healthy and stable population of the common loon and Canada is in north America.

My third reason why the common loon should be Canada’s national bird is that the common loon needs Canada because of the environment, the common loon uses that environment because it is the perfect environment for the common loon tom lay their eggs and to raise their young.

My fourth reason why the common loon should be Canada’s national bird is that they have a distinctive call that is known all over Canada especially at the cottage in the summer.
Everyone knows that the common loon is on our loonie but do you know how it got there? The original design for the one dollar coin was going to be a voyager but then when the stamps were shipped to the mint they were lost or stolen so then they out the loon on it so that when they remade the voyager stamps they would not be made by other people so the put the common loon on it and they called it a loonie instead. since that day the common loon has been more recognizable for the country making then perfect choice for Canada’s national bird.

Son cri unique qui emplit les lacs à l'aurore.

Quand j'entends un Plongeon huard, je sais que je suis chez moi.
C'est le plus beau son de nos forêts, ou du moins, le plus rassurant.

j'adore cet oiseau souvent seul qui nous accompagne souvent sur les lacs quand nous navigons

C'est l'oiseau que j'ai si souvent vu et entendu sur les lacs qui voisinent mon village natal de la côte du sud au Québec

Le huard à collier est l'oiseau le plus connu des oiseaux canadiens, de par son chant particulier et sa présence sur de nombreux lacs sur presque tout le territoire (contrairement, par exemple, au harfang des neiges qui est cantonné aux aires arctiques et sub-arctiques.) De pluys, sa présence sur les pièces de monnaie en fait un des oiseaux les plus populaires chez les canadiens.

Son chant, perçu de loin, a tout ce qu'il faut pour combler l'oreille de ce qui se rapproche le plus de la paix. Et il n'y a pas loin de l'oreille au coeur.

You have not experienced the ultimate Canadian summer until you have heard the beautiful calls of the loon across a calm and peaceful lake, as the sun rises!

J'aime le cri très particulier du Huard et je crois qu'il représente bien le Canada. Le Huard est présent sur nos lacs à travers tout le Pays. Je pense qu'il mérite ce titre.

Le cri du huard accompagne nos étés sur le bord des lacs Saint-Hubert et de La Grande Fourche dans la région de Rivière-du-Loup. Petits, il nous faisait peur, devenus nous rassure.

i like this bird because.
It tastes very good. so moist.

I love the call of the loon! Such an iconic Canadian soun.

No essay - just want to mention that due to its widespread geographic distribution spanning much of Canada and its exceptionally charismatic and unique look and call, the common loon would be a fantastic national bird!

Much to my chagrin, I must cast a vote to push this short essay into the mix.

A national bird for Canada, eh? Well, the Canada goose, logically; the common raven, absolutely; black-capped chickadee, why not; but please, Canada, anything but the loon. I get it, a nostalgic icon of summer vacations in lake country and autumn retreats coloured with beauty and the soft coo of the black and white bird. Yes, a picturesque memory for all; all Eastern Canadians maybe. However, assuming this bird, or these images, represent a majority of Canadians from sea to sea, well, that’s Looney.

With its supposed national presence some may argue that this bird does, in fact, represent all Canadians; however, those of us in central Alberta or BC just don’t commonly see this bird. For many of us here in the Rocky Mountains, spotting a bald eagle is becoming more likely than the loon. How would Canadians feel about the bald eagle being proposed for our national bird? Exactly, and this is how us Westerners feel about the loon.

So, Canada, please reconsider and think nationally. Don’t pick another symbol that, once again, divides the country between East and West, we already have the Maple leaf for that.

While visiting a favourite lake for the last time before I left the Yukon, which had been home for 5 yrs., my Alaskan husky Caden & I were given a mournful farewell by 7 loons that swam up to us and cried out to us. A most magical experience. The voices of the local loons when I returned to the lakes of Haliburton and Muskoka have continued to thrill and haunt me. Although I had a very hard time picking one bird to represent Canada, I could not disagree with the majority of voters. The loon is very special indeed.

Je fréquente les forêts et les lacs des Laurentides depuis ma tendre enfance et le huart a été pour moi un compagnon de tous les instants. Je serais heureux qu'il profite d'une notoriété national afin qu'il reçoive tout le soutien nécessaire à sa conservation.
Cet oiseau charmeur, poétique et artiste à ses heures est le meilleur ambassadeur que l'on puisse trouver afin d'assurer la pérennité des grands espaces sauvages du Canada.

The wonderfully haunting calls of the Common Loon that travel across the lakes are a favourite to many campers. It's beautiful feathers captivates many to carefully watch as they swim in their home waters. It's such a big part of Canada already, it only makes sense to make it into our Country's National Bird. The native american people are the root of this Nation, the reason our home exists. They have so many stories regarding the Loon, of it's importance and it's positivity to the Earth. In the native american's eyes, they can heal the blind, they are messengers of the culture hero, and they help people in need. There is a huge positivity connected t the Loon, in stories created by the people that created our Nation's roots. No other bird seems like the right choice but this one. Besides, a baby Loon is probably the cutest thing you will EVER see.

I think the common loon should be our national bird because it is usually on of the things people think of when the word "canada" is mentioned.

Le plongeon huard me rappelle à quel point nous avons un beau pays naturel, riche en lacs et autres milieux aquatiques.

No essay... This is the bird I believe should be our National Bird. If it is not the Common Loon, I hope it would be either the Blue Jay or the Canadian Goose.

I have two reasons for recommending to loon. Every year I look forward to hearing the loons on our cottage lake near Kinmount and Minden. If the loon became Canad's national bird, it will be a welcome reminder for me of this healthy environment and relaxed summer days at the cottage.

Secondly, To survive, the loon and their offspring, which are small in number, need a healthy lake and environment to grow and thrive. If the loon becomes our treasured bird, perhaps it will also encourage Canadians to be respectful and careful of our precious country, including our lakes and rivers.

Ouiseaux fabuleux, qui à accompagner tous mes séjours au chalet de mes parents.
Le lac Labrie, près du village de Guallix, autre fois Ste-Margueritte, sur la côte Nord
Du fleuve St-Laurent entre les villes de Port-Cartier et Sept-Îles dans la province de
Québec au Canada.

Ever since the one dollar bill was replaced with the coin we call the loonie, I had assumed the bird that instantly lent its name to it was officially a national emblem. It's somewhat ironic that we should call it the "Common Loon", as there is nothing common about this majestic creature. I vividly remember the few close encounters I've had while paddling a canoe or kayak on a quiet lake, when each time, a loon surfaced from a fishing dive only a few meters away and both of us, stunned by the unexpected meeting, stared at each other intently for a long moment before it dove again. My amazement at the loon's deep ruby eyes set in its pitch black head was no doubt met with a certain curiosity. But one doesn't need to have as close an encounter to be mesmerised by the rulers of the lakes. Every summer, their haunting songs travel far across the water, echoing off distant hills and spellbinding countless nature lovers, with what is arguably the most characteristic sound of the Canadian wilderness. For nearly thirty years, Canadians have happily been carrying their favourite bird in their pockets. Isn't it an obvious choice for our country's official bird? -Roger Delisle

J'ai voté pour le plongeon huard, car on peut le voir d'un bout à l'autre du pays, non seulement sur les rives .

As a lover of Kejimkujik National Park our family has camped within the park's designated campgrounds, as well as in the wilderness campsites for over thirty years. One of the greatest thrills each year is hearing the plaintive call of the osprey and spotting the birds as we kayak the waters of the park. My most memorable osprey moment occurred one late fall while on a backcountry camping excursion. We looked out over the lake and were privileged to see twenty-two of these beautiful birds swimming together. Previously, at any given time, we had only seen two adult birds with their chicks. We could only assume they gathered before heading on their southern migration.
The osprey is a wonderful symbol of the beauty of the Canadian wilderness and would make a very noble "National Bird".

To me the Common Loon with its haunting call symbolizes the vastness of Canada and can be found in all provinces and territories.

On the loonie, already represents us.

I'm a Canadian based in Australia - I vote for the personal favourite and I tell everyone about it - making the sound we hear at the cottage...

A Canadian wilderness symbol with mysterious nocturnal behavior calls. Arrives here in lakes in full breeding plumage and enjoyed by most people in Canada. Part of our First Nations folklore. Some may think that the loon migrates south but it also migrates to our Canadian West and East coasts until returning the next breeding season.
The loon appears on our dollar coin but also on stamps, Artwork and First Nations symbols.

The Loon is a stand out because it lives on lakes around the country in small groups east to west to north
With its haunting evening call and bold appearance you know it.
Like Canadians they are few in number spread around a vast land. Loons are not showy but chose to live a life of quality without crowing a lot!
The Canada goose seems obvious but have become a pestilence to our parks...check Kew Gardens; yes England.
The Bald Eagle could have been our bird too as there are many here and the birds nearly died out south of the border!
Anybody who has spent quality time in our wilds will vote for the Loon.

the call of the loon was always a part of our cottage life when the kids where young

The haunting call of a loon on a lake is a wonderful thing.

I am an avid kayaker and there are at least one pair of loons at all of or area lakes. We so enjoy watching them nest, then paddle with the little guys on back and finally watching the parents spend time with them one on one teaching vote hands down!

I just love the call of the Loon!That's why I'm voting for it.

Nothing is more beautiful than hearing the call of the loon over a northern wilderness lake!

My 5 reasons for wanting the loon as National Bird

. memories of summer weeks at the cottage and the haunting, crazy, forlorn cry of the loon
. wilderness big part of Canadian experience and need to protect lakes, forests and loons - having loon as National Bird might help
. if you count all loon species (and they are similar), loons are everywhere in Canada
. both male and female care for the young
. interesting characteristics -- e.g. mating rituals, how they fly off the water, preening

The only real choice for Canada's National Bird is the Common Loon (Gavia immer). This bird is far from common. It's haunting call is as much a symbol of the Great White North as the howl of the wolf or the buggling of a bull Elk. The Common Loon is found in every province where there is pristine waters to fish on and raise their young. These birds are very dedicated parents, mating for life and providing for their young well before they are even hatched. I have been observing and filming these graceful birds for over 40 years and I have grown to admire and honour them. To hear the call of the Loon across a foggy lake at dawn,is as chilling an experience as anyone could hope for. Like Canadians, the Common Loon means no harm to anyone, but when attacked it will defend itself and it's young with a fierce determination. Truly, we as a nation could hold up this beautiful and graceful bird as an appropriate symbol for such a land of majesty and awe that is Canada. Sincerely. Neal Weisenberg BSc Zoology

It's on our money, it's on our lakes And it's in our soul.

J'adore entendre cet oiseaux à la brunâtre lorsque je suis près d'un lac. C'est un magnifique canard, élégant, chic, il a l'air d'un marié ou de James Bond avec son plumage :) En plus, il se retrouve déjà sur notre dollars.

The main reason I think that the loon should be Canada's national bird is that the call of the loon evokes in my mind a picture of Canada. In addition, it is the bird featured on our dollar coin the "Loonie".

Loons are beautiful birds that truly symbolize the Canadian wilderness and its solitude. They appear to have strong family ties with both male and female raising their young. They seem to go about their business in a quiet but efficient way and when they want their present to be known, there is no mistaking their haunting calls. There is no doubt in my mind that this bird truly symbolizes the Canadian Landscape and its people.

Je préfère cet animal car il m'inspire le calme , la douceur de vivre .

An ancient symbol of the Canadian wilderness.

Merci pour ce projet. Pauvre petite mésange, j'espère qu'elle ne m'en veuille pas, mais je la vois tous les jours et elle a déja mangé dans ma main.

Le Huard est tellement beau sur l'eau avec sa famille et les prouesses qu'ils font sur l'eau pour chercher de la nourriture, que je crois qu'il ferait un bon choix pour le titre d'oiseau national du Canada.

Bon choix!

Andrée C.

A beautiful ancient species found amost everywhere in Canada. No bird better exemplifies the vastness of this country and its amazing wilderness areas, to be found in every Province and Territory. (Now,in my opinion we should also look at renaming it to better describe its characteristics and get rid of the unfortunate "loon" label which should have been consigned to history long ago. "Great Northern Diver" as used elsewhere,would be a far more appropriate name.)

Le Plongeon Huard est présent dans plusieurs grands parcs que j'ai fréquentés. C'est un oiseau majestueux, calme et ses quatre chants sont utilisés dans des circonstances spécifiques et nous permettent de le repérer et d'entrer dans son univers. Un oiseau d'une élégance exceptionnelle qui ne peut laisser personne indifférent. Entendre un Plongeon Huard, l'observer plonger puis réapparaître, c'est toujours un privilège, un grand bonheur! C'est mon oiseau préféré depuis toujours!

When we lived in our cottage in Quebec, one of the sounds that was always so haunting was the call of the loon. We now live in BC and don't hear the call any more but it is something we always hold dear to our hearts.
P. S. When my husband would get into the cold lake water, he did a very good imitation of the loon.

We are all (mostly all) enchanted by their call in a wild place, a lake , a stream. A quiet bird that floats silently and is also beautiful to watch.
I would be proud to say it is our National Bird. Americans ( I am one with dual citizenship) would be jealous even with their predatory Eagle.

The most recognized bird in Canada. Deserves to be our official bird.

J adore cet oiseau, elle represente tres bien le canada

Our loons on Crimson Lake provide so much beauty with their distinct calls and beautiful looks.

There is no other sound that I relate so closely with Canada...beautiful and haunting, strong and clear....very musical when several are calling at once. Peaceful.

Nothing makes sense beyond the loon.

Il offre un chant envoûtant. Son comportement attire mon attention. L'aube et le coucher de soleil sont magiques lorsqu'il se manifeste.

The loon already is the symbol of wilderness and of Canada - that is why it is on the "loonie" our basic currency. The loon call is the most used sound effect in films to indicate an atmosphere of wilderness and night time. The loon is a prominant player in native creation myths and stories. The loon is an indicator species of healthy wilderness. It is beautiful and loyal to its mate and its nesting territory. It is truly a symbol of Canadian values.

I think the common loon should be our national bird because it reminds me of the Bum Bum Song by Tom Green.

The Common Loon is one of the most recognized birds in Canada from east to west. Most people who have spent time out of doors have seen or at least heard the haunting call of this bird.

C`est la magie de l òiseau qui imite le loup et nous fait se sentir en harmonie avec les forets du canada

I have lived in 4 provinces, and have heard the loon's haunting call in each. That call is firmly implanted in my soul and brings back memories of camping, boating, and other outdoor activities; especially in the evening. Whenever I hear it, I'm surprised by its poignant and evocative beauty. The bird itself is mysterious and slips away if approached. It is the only bird that I connect so deeply with Canada. Thank you for the opportunity to express my thoughts.

North Western Ontario is a camper's paradise, whether you're in one of the Provincial Parks or Outpost camps or self guided canoe trips (my favourite) - you'll almost always be able to fall asleep to the call of the loons. Nothing tops that beautiful call! On some of our canoe trips we came across 6 to 8 loons - together - socializing. I realize they don't stay in Canada for the winter but I won't hold that against them. They've got my vote !

I strongly believe that the loon should be Canadas national bird. Although it doesn't stay all year around it is a Canadian bird. Its cry sounds like a laugh and therefore can not be mistaken. During the summer I stay at my cottage and during the passing years have been examining both its nature and life. The loon is also one of the worlds best birds at fishing. Its Feather pattern is quite complicated yet surprisingly remarkable and cannot be mistaken with a bird like the merganser. I am enthusiastic about this contest and hope that this bird will be chosen to represent Canada.

After review of the many choices given. I had a difficult time between the BLUE HURON as a rookery large one is located near our home a stellar focused bird.
The CANADA GOOSE again many on our land and fly by our deck each spring to announce they are back nesting in the field.A Distinctive call and graceful flight gave them a close second and i am true for the CANADA in the name. However the COMMON LOON has a graceful way about it.Its call is far reaching to even the most negative persons heart. Therefore I have voted this bird as our NATIONAL BIRD. OH CANADA WE ARE BLESSED WITH SO MANY CHOICES.

The Loon seems so representative of many characteristics of Canada...naturally beautiful, resourceful, areas of elusive grandeur, haunting calls from every border to every nation to come enjoy the bounty of this great country.

I sailed on Lake Superior and other Canadian lakes for 36 years and the sound of the loon, when anchored in a secluded bay, was the sound that represented tranquillity, nature and Canada. When ever I hear that sound now it evokes those wonderful memories of sailing.

The common loon with its haunting call, ubiquitous presence near Canada's coasts and breeding in inland lakes seems to epitomize the spirit of the Canadian consciousness,inhabitants of a vast land who succeed and survive against great odds.

The forlorn cry of the Loon rolls across the Northern Lakes, announcing that we are here for another season and you, as true Canadians , are here to acknowledge us once more. Uniting man and nature.

The loon is a favorite because it represents well our country due to its beauty, plaintive call, living habits from north to south and from east to west...
Love the bird.

Love the sound of the Loon, it is theraputic. Their song reflects peace and relaxation.

Love the Loon!

Here is an iconic bird that already graces our currency and is found across Canada. I love to watch them diving and leading their young across the water as we paddle our kayaks on BC waters. I'll always link their call to summer evenings on a still Canadian wilderness lake.

J'aurais aimé que vous expliquiez pourquoi vous exigez ces informations personnelles. J'espère vraiment ne pas regretter de vous les avoir données....

Le chant de cet oiseaux représente le calme de l'été si court au Québec. Il apaise mes soirées estivales au chalet.
Merci Plongeon huard!

un cri si reposant....

I don't think there is a person in Canada that has not heard of a Loon. Not sure the same could be said for Black-capped chickadee.
This is Canada's National Bird. Makes sense to pick one Canada is known for.

The call of the Common loon is recognized by many people, including those not generally interested in birding. It's call is a reminder of the great outdoors for which Canada is famous and loved. It is not a raptor, which I think is appropriate for Canada's national bird, as our reputation is to be a peaceful nation, not "hawkish".

J'aime la silhouette de cet oiseau, son chant et le voir avec ses petits sur l'eau..Il est mon préféré

I honour of the solitary and very tough common loon that is surviving the Yukon winter in a small bit of open water on the Yukon River I vote for the common loon as Canada's national bird. Helped by the mild winter but surviving the last three weeks of up to minus thirty degrees it seems quite content. It was tough to decide between the loon and the Dark Eyed Junco that has survived living under our porch but the loon squeezed ahead for it's national identity. There were also all the other birds that normally live in the Yukon year round to consider but there is nothing like the call of the loon in the spring to warm your heart and so my vote is for the Common Loon.

The Common Loon is the prettiest bird I have ever seen, but it I do not think it will be seen in our very cold winters.

what other bird has a coin named after it?

Son chant, Bioindicateur

Although there are many worthy species, the loon is the first bird one thinks of when asked about Canada's national bird candidates. It is widespread, and most Canadians have heard the call of the loon on still and pristine lakes in the summer.It is already on our currency, thus saving any extra expenses supplanting it with a new design.
The Loon is also a bell-weather for the health of our lakes. They thrive where the water is clean and has a healthy fish population.
I'm sure the majority of Canadians will be quite satisfied with the choice of the Loon as Canada's National Bird.

The song of the common loon on a lake in the early morning is magical and reconnects me with nature for unforgettable moments.

No Essay

I cannot think of any time at the lake or camping or the cottage that the call from a Loon does not bring a feeling of peace to my soul. All birds singing and calling to each other are very welcome and peaceful - but the Loon has a special feeling.

Living in Kingsville, Ontario I am very lucky to be able to enjoy so many varieties of birds, the woodpecker and Canada Goose and Herons and so many-many more

Loons are seen in every province

I have always liked the loon because of one of the movies I viewed with my class when I was in Grade 4 by The National Film Board of Canada. The memory has stayed with me and brings good feelings now that I am 74 years.

Canoe Haiku for the Common Loon

A Common Loon
The moon
My canoe

Oh, Canada, bereft of our once and - hopefully - future Navigable Waters Act, which protected our precious lakes and waterways, not just 97 of them. A vote for the Common Loon is a vote for the future of Canada.

Son chant est apaisant comme le Canada qui apaise les autres pays.

The haunting sound of the loon's call feels like home to me. It is so quintessentially Canadian and speaks to the beauty of our precious land and water bodies. I can't think of a better symbol for this land..

the call of the loon across Canadian lakes echoes from centuries before Canada was a country. But that haunting sound in the evening , night and morning reminds us of clear and tranquil water, our massive land, and our history.

Un couple de huards c'est ce qui peut nous arriver de plus beau quand on séjourne près d'un lac.
Leur cri est inoubliable! J'adore cet oiseau.

I think the Common Loon is the best choice, because it is found all across Canada, it is known by almost everyone in Canada and around the world because it is featured on our loonie, and it has the most votes as of Feb. 11. Hope it wins!

Je vote pour le plongeon huard parce qu'il a partagé tous mes beaux moments de canot camping de ma jeunesse et, que encore aujourd'hui,je le côtois sur mon lac tous les étés.

Sylviane Chatel,

1-Oiseau connu par tous les Canadiens et à travers le monde. 2-On le retrouve dans toutes les provinces et aussi tous les territoires. 3-Déjà oiseau représentatif de notre capitale nationale 4-Oiseau au coloris très caractéristiques et facilement repérable à l'oeil

Love this amazing bird. True symbol of canadian wilderness. By the way don't wote canada goose. I'm sure you don't want america's bird eating ours.

why I have picked the common loon is because I like the the colours on the bird + it is a cool bird why it is a cool bird is because it has looks of cool things it does

I choose this bird because it is a common bird in Ontario

J'aime le plongeon huard parce que j'ai les ai vu deux fois nager sous mon canôt! Quel bel souvenir.

The loon signifies, to me, lol that is great about our vast country and its fantastic forests and lakes.
The 'call of the loon' brings back so many memories to me.. These beautiful birds will purposely display their babies to me as I slowly ride along in my boat... Such an honour. They are majestic and family oriented, and to me just scream CANADA!!

To me, hearing the variety of wonderful sounds the loon can send rippling across our land is truly the sound of Canada and a confirmation that we have preserved enough "wilderness" for these birds to thrive and breed so we can thrill to their "laughing" chatter when we visit our lakes and waterways. It never fails to overwhelm me with a feeling of happiness. Approaching them quietly in a Kayak and observing the babies riding on their back is also a breathtaking experience. The call of the loon is probably one of the most recognizable sounds in our culture. For that reason alone they certainly deserve to be our "National Bird"!!

-The majority of its breeding range is in Canada and it covers almost the whole country
-Almost everyone knows about the species: it is iconic
-The species is loved by most people who have seen it: it is inspirational
-Its habitat/range is accessible to most people (unlike my 2nd choice, the Gray Jay)
-It is already on the $1 coin.

The loon is one of my favourite birds. I grew up camping, canoeing and hiking and the sound of the loon at dawn and dusk became a comfort for me. It now reminds me of beautiful summer days spent wandering the Canadian landscape. Being Canadian those summer days are cherished, especially when it's 'winter' 8 months of the year.

À Ferme-neuve, dans les Hautes-Laurentides, sur le lac des Journalistes, le Huard berce mes soirées et parfois même mes nuits depuis 75 années. Il symbolise la fidélité et évoque une nostalgie qui invite au rêve. Il est l'emblème idéal de mon magnifique pays qu'est le Canada!

Love the loon. We have lived in Quebec, Nfld, NWT and AB and have visited all 10 provinces and 3 territories and have enjoyed the loon everywhere. Great national bird!

My soul will always be home at the family cottage. Spoiled since the age of two spending all summers in my youth at the cottage, hearing loons day and night. The loons' calls often reflect nature's mood, which in turn molded mine. The loons always seem to come home to the lake in the spring, before the ice went out and lingered long into the fall as the ice formed. This longing to be on the lake mimicked my own sentiment about the lake, the environment, and the longing to be surrounded by nature. Wilderness is so part of the Canadian landscape and our souls that I feel the loon best reflects the vast majority of what is Canada.

They can be found over our 1$. They have red eyes, Canada's favorite color. They live on water, while Canada does have plenty of water sources. They live in duos, representing Canada's bilingual country ; french and english in harmony.

Il est unique dans son genre et il est assez Magestueux pour être l emblème du Canada.

Comme il est présent dans chacune des provinces canadiennes en période de nidification, cet oiseau me semble très représentatif du Canada.

Je crois que le Plongeon Huard represente bien le Canada. C'est un oiseau qui a su s'adapter a un environment changeant sans pour autant perdre sa noblesse. Pour ceux qui on deja eux la chance d'entendre un huard chanter savent de quoi je parle.

Tout simplement parce que c'est lui qui se retrouve sur nos pièces d'un dollar.

Just that the Loon represents the great Canadian wilderness. They are beautiful, and have a one of a kind wild lonely call. Very Canadian.

The sight and sound of a loon is Canada all through

Un magnifique oiseau avec un cris simplement magique, c'est un animal dont je serais fière de le savoir emblème de notre merveilleux pays.

The loon captures the spirit of Canada; it resides in pristine cold clear waters in all regions of Canada. Its haunting call echoes the remoteness and the wild places of our beautiful country and one feels that one has been given a gift when one hears its call.

Son chant distinctif

The Loon makes me think of canoeing through Algonquin park on a still morning- true north strong and free!

Il y en a partout où il y a un lac au Canada.Il reste avec nous tout l'hiver.

Un oiseau magnifique aux cris impressionnants ! Quels seraient nos lacs sans eux...

Could there be any better choice?

Cet oiseau a un chant étonnant et tellement romantique.

Répartition uniforme dans les provinces canadiennes
Oiseau au physique très esthétique, au cri très exotique facilement audible lors de sa présence sur le territoire.

Répartition uniforme dans les provinces canadiennes
Oiseau au physique très esthétique, au cri très exotique facilement audible lors de sa présence sur le territoire.

Beau, Répandu, cri unique.

Son chant m'envoûte énormément, lors de mes randonnées matinales en kayak.

Ma première idée était de voter pour le grand pic ou la bernache du Canada mais le choix du huart m'a paru plus logique étant donné que cet oiseau est représenté sur notre dollar.

This as our national bird also speaks to the glory of our wonderful lakes and the need for us to protect them.

quand je me retrouve dans la forêt, près d'un lac et que j'entends le chant du huard, ça m'apaise encore plus.

Cet oiseau est fabuleux à observer. Sa patience ne se calcule pas. Je considère qu'il devrait être plus protégé pour avoir plus d'aire de nidification. Pour l'avoir dessiné points par points j'ai aussi compris ce que signifiait la patience...j'ai d'ailleurs intitulé mon oeuvre "patience". Merci!

Canada is defined by its abundant water and the lakes upon which loons depend. Loons link the freshwater and marine habitats together as well. Canadian wilderness, lakes....

The Common Loon is iconic as it is found in all of Canada's provinces. It's calls are unmistakable and recognized by all Canadians.

It's hard not to vote for the loon. Who can forget its call? It evokes a summer evening by a northern lake.

The loon is recognizable to most Canadians, it is on our money, it is indigenous to Canada primarily (migrates to the Gulf of Mexico but doesn't get seen or heard as easily by people there) and it of course is an amazing bird.

C'est l'oiseau par excellence de nos lacs du bouclier canadien. Je ne connais pas beaucoup de gens qui, fréquentant ces lacs, sans véritable connaissance ornithologique, n'ont pas entendu et repéré son chant si caractéristique de ces milieux canadiens.

solitaire, il vie sur les lacs qui sont parmi nos grandes richesses au Canada
Leurs cris le soir a la brunante font rêver
Un solitaire dans nos grandes étendues

Definately the loon. Many years ago, I was visiting my sister in a lumber camp in Northern BC. I was only 21 at the time. I was sitting by a lake in the evening, just enjoying the peace and quiet when all of a sudden I heard something I hadn't heard before. It was the cry of the loon. The sound sent shivers down my spine. It was an all-consuming sound that penetrated deep into my heart and soul. It was the cry of all those who had come before me in this beautiful country of ours, their hardships and the way they melded with the land to create it as it is today, from our aboriginals to the first European settlers. The cry of the loon fills me with warmth and an all-consuming pride in my country and all we stand for on this planet. Every time I hear the loon, it always sends those shivers down my spine still . . . as well as tears to my eyes and an immense peace of mind.

The call of the Loon is the quintessential sound of the Canadian Wilderness. There can be no other choice.

Great bird! Should be our national bird.

Always a thrill to see a loon!

This bird is found across Canada and its haunting yet mesmerizing call is reminescent of warm and peaceful summers reflecting Canada's abundant wilderness and beautiful lakes. It takes care of its young, carrying them on their back at times, similar to how Canadians have provided support to other countries in times of need. And its call is very distinctive and recognizable, bringing comfort to those who hear it knowing that even though it may not be seen, we know its there. And like Canadians, it travels and can be found in many different environments - from marine to freshwater and everywhere in between. Oh, and it's beautiful!

The sound of the loon calling out on a lake at dusk is synonymous with our Canadian heritage. A bird which has in some cases become very rare in some areas. We need to preserve this bird and I can't think of a better way than to have our money display the bird and our nation recognize it as a symbol of Canada.

Almost impossible to select one species out of so many wonderful options... but the loon is a very worthy one!

The loon is an astounding bird, from it's unique markings to it's distinctive voice. Some of my best memories are paddling around northern Saskatchewan and seeing the loons glide past--with a gaggle of chicks, if I was lucky. And nothing can compare to the still evenings with the loon's haunting call echoing around the lake.

The evening call of the loon summons Canadian thoughts of summer times near water.

Toujours émouvant d'entendre son chant près d'un lac calme. Encore plus agréable quand nous pouvons l'apercevoir.

The Common loon has a beautiful call that would represent this beautiful country very well. in the summer, it inhabits the entire country which represents this inclusive country well.

Un oiseau magnifique que j'ai pû admirer très souvent au chalet familial situé en bordure du
Lac aux Huards, dans la région de Rawdon, QC.

le plongeon est présent dans tout le Canada et son ch ant caractéristique est un hymne aux lac et cours d'eau au Canada. Le Harfand des neige est déjà l'emblème aviaire de la province de Québec
Le plongeon est d'allure noble, pacifique et aime de tous.

There is not one film, one summertime advertisement about Canada that doesn't feature our beautiful lakes, woods, and the haunting call of the loon. Even in beer ads. I think the other birds are also wonderful options, but the Common Loon is truly what we treasure about Canada - haunting, wild, lakes, fish, forests, camping, cottaging, and a great deal of wilderness. Summer is not summer yet to me until I hear that call and then I know, I am home.

chant unique qui rappelle nos lacs, la wuitude naturelle du terrotoire canacdien

Pour moi le Huard représente bien nos lacs et nos forets . Il est magnifique avec son cri qui impressionne.

Having a breeding range through out the country it's a no brainer. This beautiful, majestic and loyal bird speaks to much of the Canadian freshwater landscapes.

c'est un oiseau aquatique que j'ai aperçu à plusieurs reprises lors de vacances de pêches dans diverses régions du Québec et de l'Ontario. Il est toujours présent et règne en maître sur son lac!!!! Il est magnifique à regarder et il symbolise notre monde encore un peu a l'état naturel ....

Cet oiseau est magnifique, a un chant envoutant,et se déplace majestueusement sur nos lacs à travers tout le Canada.
Bien qu'il hiverne au Sud, ce " canadien errant" revient fidèlement vers son lac.ou les riverains, comme ma famille et moi, l'attendons année après année.

J'ai eu la joie d'observer pendant des années le même couple de huard avec les petits sur le dos de la mère . Les cours de vol etc. Plus attachant que ça impossible de ne pas tomber en amour .

Their haunting call on a misty lake in the early evening or early morning is something I truly look forward to all summer up at the lake.

The Loon is a beautiful water bird found in our lakes and rivers, on a coin already and recognized as northern and common a cross Canada. Heard and seen in movies and is a spectacular bird loved by all. The Canada Goose is not that's a fact noted by most golfers and farmers world wide.

The loon was my first choice going in, so I'm happy to see it in the lead. That being said, the raven, osprey, puffin, falcon, snowy owl, kingfisher, or the great blue heron would all be wonderful options. Just don't let the goose win.

the Loon is such a quintessential Canadian bird. When I think of summer in Canada it is the call of the Loon that draws me in. It's sweet sad beautiful call across the lake is amazing. Our country is so vast and beautiful and the echo of the loon across the water represents perfectly the size and scope of our great nation.

I just think, the loon being on our "loon"ie and all, that it 1) makes sense, and 2) a little late to not consider it the #1 contender!

Great bird, his/her call/song reflexes peace and harmony with it's environment. It makes the listeners wonder about the essence of nature, and what we can learn from nature!

Well known and recognized, the Common loon is a wonderful bird found throughout Canada.

When one hears its mystically haunting call, it immediately fosters a sense of freedom, nature and wilderness. These powerful, agile, sleek swimmers are welcome visitors wherever you would happen to be.

They will be a great representative for all Canadians.

I spend a lot of time in the water with a kayak and just floating around.I ave swam with them at a distance of a few feet, they followed me or I followed them. Had a super time doing this and will do it again this year. The call of the look is something to be heard. I will try to mount a camera so I can take pics when swimming. :)

Canada's national bird should be recognizable to most Canadians, live in most of the country, be of a favorable nature, and represent Canada in some way. I feel that the common loon would fit the bill, no pun intended.
They represent Canada's wild character. They are recognizable to most Canadians. Loons live in most of the country, and are even on our currency, the "loonie". To the rest of the world, the loon already has some currency (no pun intended) as recognizably Canadian.
The Canadian goose is also recognizable as a Canadian icon, however, they have been so successful here, that in many areas they are a nuisance. As such, I don't think that we Canadians would favour identifying our country with a nuisance bird.
I vote for the common loon, as they represent the strong, the wild, the free country that we are.
Thank you,
Mike from Langley.

They are beautiful and sound beautiful. Best sound to hear while visiting northern Ontario!

The Common Loon is found on northern lakes throughout Canada. It's distinctive call gives me a feeling of being close to nature. The Loon is depicted on our Canadian money (as it should be). I have seen Loons defending their nests against Bald Eagles and makes me proud to see them win these skirmishes.
A lot of the other birds on the voting list are not found in all the provinces. Crows, Ravens and other scavengers should not even be considered, as they don't represent this great country.

Pour moi c'est le plus bel oiseau qu'on peut observer sur les lacs et son cri est vraiment spécial. Les huards vivent en famille. J'ai pu observer une telle famille sur Long Lake à Whitehorse au Yukon alors que le petit voyageait sur le dos de l'un des parents. Inoubliable...

I would vote for the Common Loon to be Canada's national bird species. For as long as I can remember, from childhood through to present day (60 odd years later),there is nothing more soulful than the song of the loon at dusk as it travels over the surface of Canada's northern waterbodies; to me, it typifies pure Canadian. The Loon is also a bird whose habitat encompasses almost all of Canada, from the east to west coasts, and as far north as the Arctic mainland coast including lakes, bays, rivers, ponds and the ocean. Like the Canada Goose, the Loon is also family oriented & loyal to its' lifelong mate.

I think the loon sould be Canada's national bird because it's on the Canadian dollar and sounds and looks beautiful

I am voting for the Common Loon because a) it is found all across Canada, not just in east, west or north/south; b) because to me it truly symbolises the Canadian wilderness; c) it is features in First Nations lore; d) it is instantly recognizable, both by sight and sound. What a haunting cry the loon has, and how lucky we are to live where they live.

What can I say. Cottage life would not be cottage life without the beautifully eerie song of the Loon. It is unique; one of a kind. Much like our beautiful country.

Am ardent follower of National Geographic documentaries and have been fascinated
watching the various species of birds and am specially watching the seabirds

There's little that feels more Canadian than hearing a loon's plaintive call out on a lake. Whether it's from the deck of a cottage, swimming around a floating dock, or paddling a canoe, that distinctive sound is familiar to everyone who has spent time in the vast, lush wilderness our country has to offer.

Other contenders, such as the Canada Goose or Blue Jay, have received their recognition. But the Common Loon has been overlooked and taken for granted for generations. It's time for such a noble and powerful bird to take its place among the pantheon of Canadian symbols.

The name itself represents our country's reputation. Canadians are known, worldwide, for their modesty and lack of arrogance. The fact that we would even consider a creature with such an unassuming designation displays that our actions are not made seeking attention. Rather, we are the quiet, solid, trustworthy nation that others consult when honest advice and guidance is required.

Please seriously consider accepting the Common Loon as Canada's national bird. For its name belies the greatness within the unassuming fowl, much like Canadians themselves.

Thank you,
Glenn Webber

My uncle was a sailor in WWII and taught me as a child how to whistle by cupping my hands and blowing into them the way they did on the ships to communicate.
Years later I was building an A-frame cabin on Davie Lake BC and I used the whistle
to mimic the loons which patrolled the lake. I became good enough that they would paddle across the lake to investigate.
The haunting quality of their call will always for me symbolize the great Canadian outdoors.

There is nothing as iconically Canadian as paddling in a cedar strip canoe on a northern lake and listening to the cry of the loon. In a nutshell, that picture represents Canada to me.

The haunting cry of the loon is to me the most beautiful and symbolic sound of the Canadian wilderness.
This bird is steeped in legends of our First Nations.
The loon mates for life - symbolic of the loyalty Canadians give to their county.

The loon is a northern bird, typical of Canadian environs, and well liked by Canadas indigenous people.

There is nothing better then to listen to the call of the wild of the Common Loon. It brings a calming effect on me to be close to nature to enjoy hiking and camping in northern Ontario. I live close to Murphys Point provincial park which I have been going to when it opened around 1978 and believe me, those Loons are magnificent. You can kayak near them and enjoy the beauty of that magnificent bird. The evening late night call of the Loon is one of the great spirits of nature next to none. Algonquin Park is another of my favorites where we have been going to for over 45 years and it's Loon paradise.

I love the look of the bird and the evocative song heard on a quiet lake. There are lakes all across Canada

When I think Canada, I think loon.

A loon's call is so distinctive. When I hear the loon calling, it reminds me of those that layer down their lives to make Canada what it is today. It's a beautiful, free country, one nation I am so proud to represent. Canada also has the one dollar coin affectionately known as the loonie, how better to commeoarte the finality of this coin officially naming it the loonie.
As I hear it, when I hear a loon call, I will think of why I am living in a land that is strong and free.

Loons are cool.

To live in western canada you have to be loony.

Canadians have to be a little loony to live next to the states.

To drink tree blood (maple syrup) how sane do you think we are?

Loons are awesome...Thanks for being Canadian.

With memories of times spent at my grandparents' cottage, and camping trips with our children.....the eerie call of the loon is truly the sound of nature.
Paddling a canoe on Canada's many lakes.....the sight of the common loon is the image of Canada.

The Common Loon is a bird that truly represents the Canadian wilderness. Additionally, its range in North America is almost entirely within our country.

I think that because this beauty isn't seen as much as before, it might help with it's conservation. They are beautiful and they're calls are breathtaking.

There is nothing more Canadian than listening to the plaintive call of the Loon across the water of any of the many lakes in Canada. And for me that is one of the most defining characteristics of my native country. No other bird so well represents the Canadian landscape and the Canadian character.

I don't need 5000 characters to express the fact that the Common Loon may be the best reference to Canadian Wilderness.

Who can forget the first time they heard the lonely call of the common loon, which made a chill go up their spine? Hauntingly sad, it moves us to discover this strange bird which captures our hearts and imaginations. But, just as we think we've spotted it, "POOF!", it's gone from sight, only to return with a fish triumphantly held in its bill, and then ,head up, quickly swallowed! The search continues for another mouthful, until it's too dark to see him. Other times, his call resembles laughter, and we want to share the joke!
In Canada, the loon is one bird which can be spotted on a quiet lake, early in the morning, or in the twilight, calling and hunting. However, it can also be found at the salt water seashore, doing exactly the same things.

A beautiful bird, with very distinctive black and white markings, regardless of whether he is in the ocean, or a woodland lake, he speaks to all Canadians with his solitary call, eliciting a response from us all.

What other country would feature this bird on their most commonly used coin?!

The loon signifies the Canadian outdoors. You may not always see it, but you can hear it. Graceful in the water and in flight, awkward elsewhere. Fiercely protective of its young. Always sends a shiver down my spine when I hear its call. Embodies what is good about the wilderness and Canada.

I can't think of anything more Canadian than loons on the lakes and hearing their haunting call. It gives me goosebumps and it makes me love Canada even more.

The common loon is an iconic symbol of wild and natural lakes throughout our country. There are conservation concerns for the well being of this species and designation as our National Bird will permit more public education of its plight and their role in protecting this great bird.

In looks, the Common Loon is attractive, even distinguished looking,and is loyal to its home (ie lake)and family.

Beautiful bird of the north, and beautiful, lonesome call....

Dear Sirs
We live on Springfield Lake and have Common Loons living on the lake every Spring through Fall.
You know the weather is going in the right direction when they show up.
Charmaine and Roger Kennedy

The common loon is a uniquely Canadian bird, found on lakes and coastlines all across this vast country. Typically bipedal, it frequently enjoys Canadian activities such as canoeing, snowshoeing, fishing, and bird watching. It is not unheard of for this creature to come across its namesake, the "Common Loon", while floating on one of the many lakes this country is known and beloved for. Peaceful, bug filled evenings accompanied by a good friend, the splash of a paddle, and the distinctive tremolo of nearby fishers, which so many Canadian children grow up trying to emulate, are a shared past time for loons and Loons alike in every province in Canada.

The loon is the bird I think of when I think of Canada.

Parce que je le trouve magnifique et représente bien le Canada.J'aime aller à la pêche juste pour le voir parfois il nous donne des beaux spectacles.

La présence du Plongeon Huard chez nous rappelle cette chance inouïe que nous avons de posséder une multitude de magnifiques plans d'eau douce suffisamment grands pour accueillir cet élégant oiseau. Elle nous sensibilise également à l'importance de prendre soin de cette ressource inestimable que nous avons la chance de posséder en grande quantité chez nous et que, trop souvent, nous négligeons. Le chant nostalgique de ce magnifique oiseau qui hante forêts et lacs ne manque jamais de faire vibrer nos cœurs les différentes modulations que prend celle-ci, nous dépeignent clairement toute la gamme des émotions que traverse cet être sensible: tantôt sa peine, tantôt sa joie, son amour fidèle pour cette douce moitié qui partage son existence et souvent beaucoup de mélancolie. L'été, la robe du Huard se confond à la surface des eaux profondes de nos lacs et lorsque la froidure s'annonce, peu à peu son plumage prend la blancheur de l'hiver. Il représente ainsi les saisons qui caractérisent notre merveilleux pays. Les légendes amérindiennes encensent sa grande sagesse et il fait partie intégrante de l'entourage immédiat de nos précieux Peuples autochtones. Malgré sa prestance, le Huard est caractérisé par sa fragilité nos agissements se répercutent directement sur son état de santé et sa possibilité de reproduction. Un environnement sain et harmonieux lui est nécessaire afin de pouvoir rester des nôtres longtemps. Ainsi, en étant emblème chez nous, il contribuerait à devenir exemple de sagesse, de fidélité et de respect pour nous tous qui, trop souvent, oublions l'importance de cette belle Nature qui nous entoure et des êtres précieux qui font partie de nos vies. Le Plongeon Huard est un représentant de choix: il est cet l'Ange Gardien de notre Nation qui ne cesse de nous émouvoir, de nous éblouir et de nous faire réfléchir. Il personnalise ce grand Esprit qui prend sous son aile ce magnifique territoire qui nous abrite tous et sa voix n'a de cesse de nous en rappeler la valeur.

It was the first bird i thought of!

Le huard, c'est les soirées de camping, les "pieds dans l'eau au bout du quai" au chalet c,est la nostalgie et la douceur

I have always loved watching and hearing loons. They were in Northern Quebec where I was a child and now I find them in Lake Ontario in front of my home. Watching a pair of loons with 8 babies following from the Bruce Trail I learned that water fowl baby sat!

The fact that they are found across Canada makes them an even better choice for me.

Nothing more Canadian than the call of the loon on a summer's evening.

At night, after the kids are asleep, sitting at the cottage and reading, the sound of the loons calling from one end of the lake to the other in the darkness says to me: you're in Canada, in peace. How lucky we are to live in this place, at this time.

I remember my camping years and how the call of the loons would give me chills (good ones). Nothing like being awakened by the call of a loon. Then when I had an electric boat with not much noise and I could get so close to them and their babies. Such beautiful memories

The loon is a common beautiful bird and is common throughout Canada.

C'est par leurs chants envoûtants. Le calme qu'ils représentent sur les lacs du Canada. Et le côté familial qu'ils ont avec leurs petits en les transportant sur leurs dos! Voilà quelques raisons qui font du Plongeon Huard mon choix.

Each morning in summer when at our cottage on Lake Manitoba I see a lone loon out on the water. We hear his cry. They are so much a part of our environment.

le Canada est un pays de lacs, qui possède une richesse infinie en eau douce. Le Plongeon huard est un symbole de cette richesse.

I love the common loon because of its haunting call.

It is a toss up between a chickadee or loon or a trumpeter swan, where we live there are lots of them and they are all so nice, but the loon has a certian something about it.

The loon is such a beautiful bird and the haunting cry of the loon is such a beautiful and easily recognizable sound. There is nothing better than sitting on a dock in the early morning and listening to the cry of the loon.

When I hear the call of the Loon,I hear wild Canada.

Le huard est déjà emblématique puisqu'il est sur notre pièce d'un dollar. J'adore le chant du huard lorsque je pêche l'été sur un lac paisible. Je tiens à mentionner que je suis heureux de constater que le cormoran ne fait pas partie de votre liste, puisqu'il n'est pas indigène du Canada.

A simple yet beautiful bird with a distinct somewhat haunting call. It also is one you see across Canada!

The loon is the quintessential Canadian bird. Anyone who spends time in the Canadian wilderness will recognize the sound of a loon on a northern lake. The Canadian Mint has even seen fit to put a loon one our money. That dollar coin is now referred to in daily conversation as a 'loonie'. A loon signifies 'the North' and 'Canada' for many.

We have a cottage in the Haliburton Highlands. The sound that we love the most is the loons' calls to summon each other, to warn each other, etc.

When we were much younger and could go out on the lake in a canoe, we could get so close to the loons and they would just look at us with no fear.

Our lake has fabulous Loon "couples" virtually every year and provide us with one or two chicks to watch as they mature and get ready to dive for food, then get ready to fly in the late fall to their southern homes.

Doesn't that just like so many Canadian snow birds?

Go canoeing on almost any lake in Canada and you will see loons. At night or at daybreak there is nothing more Canadian than the haunting call of the loon.

Some of my earliest memories are the calls of the loons out on the bay at our family cottage in the Northern Kawartha lakes. To me that almost haunting call captures the essence of unspoiled nature in Canada. This particular bird is found throughout our country in every province & territory. There is no better species in my mind to honour as our national bird.

I have chosen this bird as it represents the true and often remote wilderness areas of Canada, especially for its breeding season. It does however, embrace the wild ocean for its winter sojourns. The Loon's haunting and lilting wail sounds can penetrate the silence of a misty morning or a moonlit, starry night. The sight and sound of the Loon can fill ones very soul and send shivers up ones spine. This is a bird that has a mystical quality about it and can lure one to the edge of a lake, on a warm summer evening, to seek the source of that 'yodel'. The variety and quality of the loon's calls hint of a very distant past.It is indeed one of the most ancient of modern birds. The loon seeks the peace and quietness of a wilderness lake to bring forth the next generation, just as we humans seek a peaceful environment when given the time to seek 'Nature'

The loon embodies so much of Canada in its beauty, grace, intelligence, perseverance and constant communication. It's voice touches my soul.

I choose the loon only because the Redpoll was not available

The common loon is quintessentially Canadian. No trip to the lake, whether cottage or back country, is complete without the haunting cry of a loon to lift one's spirits and connect to our wonderful wilderness.

I have had the privilege of watching the Common Loon across Canada with the exception of NWT and NFL. I am thrilled to hear its call, seeing it fishing and transporting its young.

general assumption is that this election was made a long time ago.
therefore my vote goes to the "Common loon" to be named
the bird of Canada!

The call of the common loon epitomizes the essence of Canada...vast, haunting, clear, clean and wild. Choosing the common loon as Canada's national bird is a no-brainer.

A natural choice as it is found east to west north to south across Canada.
It does not have to been seen to recognize its call.
The Loon has a place in our financial system.

Big bird for a big country, northern bird for a northern country, widespread, iconic call symbolizing wilderness.

From my first trip in the wild fifty years ago, the call of the loon has remained for me Canada's most magical and evocative bird.

L'expérience cu chant du Huard au petit matin demeure une expérience unique à notre environnement

Alone, but not lonely. Can call out and express itself when necessary, but rarely just makes noise. Independent and self reliant. At ease with its neighbours, but will defend its territory. That is the loon. That is Canada.

Can we change its name from "common Loon" to Canada Loon if it wins ?☺

This species is unique to Canada, and also common east to west. Most of the other species are either (in some instances) a pest (the goose) or "robbers" (grey jay.) Common loons are also a symbol of the Canadian wild.

Nothing says Canada, like the call of a loon at dusk!!!

It's a beautiful bird and present on waterways across the country. Its call is memorable and conveys the essence of wilderness - our fantastic forsts and lakes, the great outdoors for which Canada is known.

Nothing speaks to me more of our Canadian lakes and woodlands than the haunting cry of the Common Loon. Even to think of it now reminds me of the last time I paddled around on a Laurentian lake flirting with a not too timid loon as he/she swam and dived nearby. Just as scents can vividly evoke memories, so do sounds. I know that I am not alone in finding that the loon's cry stirs the heart of many a Canadian and instantly triggers film-like memory clips.

I think that the Loon is the call of Canada. It is a remote and haunting call heard across all of our lakes wild and non wild.

The only bird with solid bones

The loon is already our national bird being on the dollar coin. Everyone loves the loonie and when the 2$ coin came out was quickly named the toonie. That in mind was a hands down vote by Canadians which bird they love. The Canada has the name but it best know for it's nuisance habits. When I was in New Zealand they asked me whether I would like to take the Canada geese imported there home.

Cet oiseau est mon préféré depuis mon enfance. J'ai une petite collection d'objets, photos de huards à collier. J'aimerais bien qu'il soit choisi comme oiseau national du Canada.

love to sit at the lake and listen to them call at night!

What could be more evocative of the true north, strong and free. That says it all.

While it is nice to champion "underbirds" that should be done somewhere else rather than on a contest for the National Bird. The very title suggests something that everyone will know and recognize and that will instil a feeling of pride in our country in the hearer of the name of the National Bird! The Common Loon fits that nicely.

The national bird should also remind of us wonderful experiences we have had in our childhood or of experiences that we have dreamed of having someday. The Common Loon certainly does that!

The echoing long-distance contact call of the Common Loon means so much to me and our family. The camping trips to Northern Vancouver Island where the loons call from the lake where they young are riding on the back of the adults. The lying awake in the early morning and hearing the calls of the loon on lakes in Ontario when we have been staying there in cottage country.

The National Bird should also be one that appears across most of the nation and the Common Loon fits that too! I think of so many summer evenings when I sat by our lakes near where we live in BC and monitored breeding success or failure of the Common Loons that regularly nest there. So sad to say that very few years do they succeed in bringing their young to maturity where they can leave the lake as September comes around. We need more lakes to be available only to canoers and kayakers rather than motorized boats. This will give them a chance to raise their young in safer circumstances.

Vote for the Common Loon as our National Bird. It is a bird to be proud of nationally and naturally!!

IEver since I was a child (& I am 58 now) I have always loved the Loon. My father Ralph Genge was an avid bird watcher & participated in the Christmas Bird Count here in newfoundland for many years with his best friend, Dr. Melvin Parsons. Dad has since passed on but not before leaving his 4 children with a love of nature, particularly the birds. He could mimic & call various kinds to the branches around him & instilled in us an endless awe of all kinds of birds. The Loon was often heard in the evening while we were out the bay in our boat or on the beach or in our bunks @ night. We still see them @ our summer home in Glovertown @ the mouth of the Terra Nova River. My favorite sighting wa that of a mother Loon carrying her babies on her back.

elegant ubiquitous beautiful sounds

its the most beautiful, graceful, colorful waterfowl on the lake.

The sight and sound of the common loon and the widespread distribution of this species makes it emblematic for Canada.

This is my first and only choice when I think of a bird that represents my home.

It's call is the sound of the Canadian wilderness.

Lakes are everywhere in Canada and so is the loon. The laconic call exudes "the north" and the loon shows up in native lore.

A good bird to represent Canada as it is found in every province and territory.

If I could have two national birds, like our bilingual country, I'd have the common loon and the raven. I choose the loon because of its call. Ancient, wild, mysterious, spine-tingling ululation over water. The raven is my land bird, companionable caws and greckles from the tops of trees in the forest. Both birds bring multiple voices from our past, into now.

I choose the Common Loon because I personally like the common loon and its name. It is my second favorite bird. The loon is already on the Canadian dollar coin so why not make it the national bird too? I actually thought Canada’s national bird was the loon because when I think of Canadian birds, I think of the loon. That’s why I think the loon should be Canada’s national bird.

I love the call of the loon and have heard it since I was a child in Ontario. I have also heard loons on western lakes and while kayaking on the Pacific.

Although many birds could via for the title of Canada's National Bird because of their strength, perkiness or large range across Canada, one has only to hear the call of the Loon across a misty lake and it will never be forgotten. I think this is a bird which will symbolize the beauty, individuality and diversity of our country.

In terms of native range, the Common loon is a perfect example of a bird that represents the whole of Canada. With its summers spent in every province and territory in the country it is an excellent reminder that despite the vast differences in culture and geography that Canada offers, there are many things that unite us all as Canadians. The Common loon's haunting, melancholy song is immediately identifiable and always a reminder of the immensely important natural heritage of our country, as well as the humbling fact that individually we are all just a small part of something much larger and far more important. With its mysterious grace and seemingly coy demeanor it is the perfect bird to represent a nation built on polite and inoffensive values and stoic individuality.

The common loon is an excellent representation of the Canadian wild. (Not a lake surrounded by "cottages") the true wild

je veux voter pour cette oiseau magnifique car il est UNIQUE DANS TOUT LE MONDE.cette oiseau magnifique a des caractéristique et des talents spécial pour vivre.cette oiseau a la capabillyté de plonger dans l'eau sans ereures chaque huard a un chanson très pittoresque ex:walaloo looloola.

Our family love the loons who visit us all summer on the lake in front of our house, we always enjoy their cafll. So Canadian

je panse que le plongeon huard doit etre notre oiseaux national du canada par-ce-que ils sont sur notre pièce de 1 dollars donc ca represent le canada et ci notre oiseaux canadien est sur notre pièce de 1 dollars ca ne va pas just representer le canada ca va representer notre argent pour les autre pays. ca c'est pour-qois je panse que le plongeon huard doit etre notre oiseaux national du canada.

The Loon is already a national symbol for Canada so I feel it should also be the national bird. I mean , it's already on our 1$ coin , which is called the "Loonie" for that reason . Why not give it a chance eh ?

It is the most reasonable Canadian bird next to the Canada goose but the loon is much prettier and nicer to look at so that is why I have voted for it--it's true Canadian

Choix qui représente bien le Canada. Déjà sur le 1$

I have spent many summers in Northern Manitoba in which the Loon was always around.

The common loon is a bird that is present throughout Canada. It's eerie cry, known to many as a sound of the wilderness, was immortalized in the Canadian Wildlife Service's Hinterland Who's Who. The loon is also present in everyone's pocket on the one-dollar coin or "loonie". Above all, loons are beautiful; their markings exquisite. They are fun to watch. All birds are amazing creatures, but the loon is the best representative of Canada.

The loon has just always been a favourite, with its distinctive look and sound. Visit a lake and you are almost guaranteed to hear its beautiful, haunting, call.

My mom has always loved the loon. As I was growing up we would always go camping and she would seek out spots where she could hear the loon. She had recordings of loons and would play them often. I too enjoy the haunting sound of the loons cry.

The Loon is so hauntingly beautiful.

If I surveyed 1000 Canadian's about what our national bird is, I guarantee you they would respond with the loon. Let me paint you a picture: Imagine yourself at dusk, sitting in a Muskoka chair overlooking the calm lake, as the fire is burning; and all you hear is the call of a loon…..

The loon is already on the loonie, so this is a significant honour already.
I lived in Saskatchewan for almost 30 years and saw many loons - beautiful!
I choose this bird because it is familiar to me; it is well known already.

I've always thought of home wherever I happen to be when I hear a loon call.

Iconic Canadian bird

It's our one of our coins, so why not? And the Common Loon is a pretty well-known bird, possibly one of the first things that pops into your mind when you think of Canadian symbols.

I grew up on a farm in southern Ontario--no loons there. Lots of redwing blackbirds (my favorite spring bird), but not a loon to be heard. As a child, though, I would attend a summer camp in the Parry Sound area--where I first heard loons and saw loons. I couldn't get over their haunting calls or their stunning plumage. As an adult, I had the good fortune to move north, and to me there is nothing more calming than listening to the loons calling on a summer's night. Even now, living on the other side of the country, north of the Arctic Circle, once in a rare while, I've heard loons call out. Not the same loons, of course, the call is still unmistakable. They are the call of the "wild" that speaks to so many Canadians each summer.

The loon is the ONLY correct answer for Canada's national bird. It's call could be used as a homing device for Canadians all over the world.

Iconic call. Look great in colour and black and white.

There is nothing more haunting than the sound of the loon at night or nothing more marvelous than watching the parents teach their young to swim back and forth between them. When a raptor approaches it is wonderful to see the evasive tactics the parents use to distract the attention of the raptor away from the young.

I have always love the Loon and didn't realize until my adulthood that they live year round in my home town.

Summer time means going to the lake, fishing, camping, and laughing with family around the fire.
The soft sound of a loon's song while the sun set low in the painted, living skies of a Saskatchewan Summer was and will forever remain, the perfect cap for fleeting summer days. I will always treasure standing on the shore of a beautiful lake listening to the sound of utter freedom, and feeling blessed to be Canadian. I will never take for granted the opportunity to experience the natural wonders of my province.

J'ai choisi le plongeon huard, car il est l'oiseau que l'on retrouve sur nos 1 dollars. De plus, il est un oiseau magnifique au son distinctif que j'adore entendre pendant mes soirées d'étés près du lac. Je n'ai pas voté pour le Harfang des Neiges comme beaucoup d'autres, car il est l'emblème du Québec cet oiseau. C'est génial que nous ayons enfin un oiseau national, donc comme cité plus haut le plongeon huard est le candidat idéal puisque nous le retrouvons déjà sur l'argent que nous possédons.

When I was little, we lived in BC and my mom often talked about loons. We had children's books about loons, and it's something I will always associate with growing up in Canada.

Le huart a toujours été un symbole canadien et il serait bien qu'il en reste ainsi.

The loon is a beautiful bird with a haunting sound that cries out to be recognized. When you see loons do their circle dance on water, you know you've witnessed one of the most magical sights in nature. We have adopted the loonie; now we should adopt its namesake as our national bird.

No other bird signifies the wilderness than the Commin Loon. It's haunting cries both mesmerizing and awe inspiring of Canada's abundant natural beauty.

Not only does the Common Loon have a lovely, haunting call, it is also a beautiful bird to look at.

Il serait indécent que l'emblême québécois Le Harfand des neiges devienne un emblême du Canada | Merci de le retirer de la liste !

Résistant, endurant, pêcheur (chasseur par dérivation) et capable de s'adapter. Voilà ce qui fait de cet oiseau un symbole fort des fondations du pays!

Cet oiseau est déjà sur notre monnaie

There is absolutely nothing like the strange and magnificent call of the loon. Feels quintessentially Canadian to me!

Gardons le symbole d'oiseau emblématique du Québec = Le Harfang des Neiges.
Le Huard aux Canadiens.

I have a cottage in Quebec on Otter Lake, well populated with loons and have a keen memory of a young loon not quite ready to leave at season's end and watched it under an early snowy sky. I hope that one made it!

I strongly favour the Common Loon as Canada's official bird. For one thing, its range covers Canada from coast to coast to coast. You can't say that about many other birds. On Thunder Lake in Northern Ontario,we have enjoyed watching loons and their families sailing along in formation, or diving and resurfacing in surprising places. This bird is graceful in flight, or on the water, but to contradict another essayist, it is not graceful on land. But then, it really is a water bird. Most notable is the loon's haunting call. On moonlit summer nights, we have enjoyed hearing a chorus of loons singing on Thunder Lake. These occasions have been highlights of my summer.
The loon has taken a bad rap by the use of the term "loonie" which has nothing to do with the bird, but which refers to the moon and its association with lunatics. I would like to see this error corrected by making the loon our national bird, and giving this iconic creature the respect it deserves.

Le harfang des neiges, qui est l'emblème du Québec, étant en deuxième position, je vote pour le huard parce qu'il est en première position et je veux creuser l'écart entre celui-ci et le harfang des neiges. Le Canada a déjà volé au Québec le castor et la feuille d'érable...

I have been doing loon studies on remote New Brunswick lakes for 40 years. These magnificent birds deserve the title of National Bird because of their beauty, their haunting call and because their future is in jeopardy. When I think of Canada, I think loon and their beauty.

Le Huard est l'oiseau emblématique du Canada. Il est actuellement le 1er en lice au moment où je vote. Le 2ème en lice est le Harfang des neiges. Ce dernier est l’emblème du Québec. Il est hors de question qu'une fois encore, le Canada utilise, pour ne pas écrire vole, un symbole québécois pour l'utiliser dans son "nation building" canadien. Voilà pourquoi je vote pour le huard et voilà pourquoi je serais outré si le Canada devait choisir le harfang comme symbole.

As someone who has spent a great deal of time on lakes in the Canadian Shield, the choice of the loon seemed evident as soon as I landed on that page. The great blue heron came second; a bird I can see kayaking in the Toronto Islands, or in lake country.

Laissez notre symbole national québécois tranquille, vous nous en avez déjà assez volé comme ça. Le Huard, ça fera très bien l'affaire.

Bande de débiles. L'harfang des neiges est le symbole aviaire des Québécois et je vous emmerde.

Le Huard représente le mieux le Canada, il est possible de le voir dans la majorité des provinces.

Always had loons nest on Leonard Lake in Muskoka where our cottage is located.

Je vote pour le Huard ou le geai bleu

LE Harfand des neiges est déjà l'oiseau du Québec je comprends pas même pourquoi il figure dans les choix

First you took our name; Canada
Then you took our demonym; Canadians
Then you took our symbols; the Maple Leaf and the Beaver
Then you took our national anthem; Oh Canada
Then you took our staple foods; Maple Syrup and Poutine
Now you want to steal our national bird?
Is there anything you can get that's original instead of plagiarizing from French-Canadians and Quebec all the time?
The Snowy Owl is Quebec's national bird; take your hands off it.

I think the loon is a classic example of the true Canadian wilderness. Every outdoors man knows the calming sound the loon makes out on a lake. It already is a symbol of Canada pretty much considering our dollar coin is named after it.

I love the lonely call of the loon over our lakes - summer hasn't arrived until I have seen and heard the season'd first. I like the way the congregate together before migrating in the fall - the community saying good bye and promising to return.

The loon laughs, and cries, tolerates respectful humans on its waters, faithfully caring for its mate and its young.

Worthy to be our National bird.

An anonymous user from /pol on 4chan created a thread with the purpose of outvoting the common loon, to be replaced by a bird of prey such as the snowy owl. I disagreed with this anon. A raptor should not be used as Canada's national bird, as it misrepresents our peaceful tendencies. The common loon is more our style: modest, elegant, and by no means a push over. So this is my attempt to increase the voting count for the common loon.

I love lakes - so I do love Loon(ies)

We like the common loon as it is beautiful and we can hear its call when we spend summer vacation in Northern Saskatchewan adding to our memories.

You may not find a loon on any dune,but you will see it on the lake in the light of the moon.

Its the most 'Canadian' choice.

I think it is a great bird that deserves more recognition and that is why I voted for it.

I haven't the time or effort to write a full essay, but suffice it to say, that the common loon is an intrinsic part of the Canadian cultural identity and landscape. It's call is a beautiful unique thing that I think most Canadians are very familiar with.

I was born and semi-raised in rural Nova Scotia (or, as some might say, Nova Scotia) before moving to Ontario when I was ten. The only constant place in my life after moving halfway across the country and across several cities in the last fifteen years has been my grandparents' house just outside of Truro. They live on a beautiful lakeside just north of the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, and when I would stay over there growing up, I'd sleep in the living room on the second floor, which overlooks the moonlit lake. At any time of day, you can hear loons calling from the nearby woods or from on the water itself. To this day, I associate that haunting call with the beauty of the Nova Scotian countryside and the calming peace I always feel when visiting. And what could be more Canadian than that?

Is there anything more Canadian than hearing the haunting, echoing call of a common loon over a pine-forested northern lake? Nope.

I believe that the common loon should be Canada's national bird because they are very beautiful and I have nostalgic memories of hearing them sing while visiting Northern Ontario. They are badass and they can swim AND fly. They're also peaceful, and not scary birds of prey.

Nothing beats the iconic call of the loon on the lake in the summertime!

The Canada Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker & Canada Goose are all fine representatives of Canada, but the Common Loon sounds and acts like a proud Canadian, already adorns our coins and is truly our National Bird!

There is nothing better than camping in Canada and hearing the cry of the Loon.

The haunting call of the loon on a still lake at dusk is truly evocative of Canadian nature at its purest and loveliest.

Is the loon not the obvious choice?

I am proud that Canada is a northern country with extensive wilderness areas. Nothing evokes the north and the wilderness for me like the distinctive call of the Loon.

my parents used to live on the lake at Bala loved the loons

The presence of Loons at Kejimikujik National Park and at lakes around the Halifax Region is where my connection to these birds stem from. When I hear their soothing call is when I think to myself "this ecosystem/habitat in which they dwell is safe and healthy and I am so lucky to be able to frequent such places." I think these birds are graceful and to me they have a strong autonomous presence. A symbolic bird in my life and I'd love to see the Loon as Canada's National Bird as well.

My grandmother was a proud Canadian and her favorite bird was the loon. She had sculptures and photos of it l over her house. I am no longer living in Canada permanently and this bird, to me, is not just a reminder if my is a reminder of my home and it's beauty.

Peaceful. Doesn't spend as much time in USA as the Canada goose

A very well-dressed, stately bird with tuxedo-like attirement for a stately dinner at all times, and it is already on our Canadian coin.

The loon. A misty morning on a glass calm lake in the Canadian wilderness. Sun is glimmering through the mist and there is a welcoming stillness. The song of the loon alights the new day and there a connection is made.

It has a special sound. Land and water bird. Mates for life.

I voted for the Lune because it reminds me of the sounds of Canada in our many lakes. It symbolizes PEACE as it's sound projects..

It's neat

The loon migrates to Canada to raise its family. It's distinctive look and calls epitomize summers in our country. These birds represent strength, grace, and beauty, and strong sense of family. When I travel north from where I live, my only goal is to hear and see a loon. Their haunting calls and various vocals mesmerize and excite. Only we here in Canada know the loon in the form we experience it, for when it heads to warmer climes for the winter, it looks nothing like the splendid plumage it displays for us here....and it becomes shares only its special song with is a true Canadian bird.

The common loon is an icon of Canada. It is already on the $1 coin, so it is a well-known icon. It is a common bird across the nation, and has a distinctive call. It is a symbol of the great nation of Canada, and although we are a huge nation, we are all united by a common patriotism. The loon symbolizes this.

Show me your moves.

It's the most patriotic.

Solid bones. Able to fly at 70mph. Excellent indicator of perfect water quality. Agile in the water and air. Much better choice than a stupid owl. Stupid in that they literally are dumb, all their brainpower is devoted to processing optical data. Game. Set. Match. Common Loon.

The loon is the wilderness I've spent my life in. Its voice is one of my earliest memories and a special potion that lightens my soul whenever I hear it. It echoes through my life.

The loon should be our National Bird of Canada. There is nothing common about this bird. It has grace, beauty and an eerie and well recognized voice. I would like to see it named the Canadian Loon or the Canada Loon. Let's drop the "common". Please keep me posted on the results.

Majestic bird of the wide open spaces of lakes, rivers and ponds. It's haunting call reminds us of the wild and beautiful parts of our country. The sounds of everything including birds,insects,mammals,reptiles,amphibians anything else that may join in this wonderful show.

The sound of the Common loon will always bring back memories of my childhood. Each year, I spent the summer months on the French River in Ontario at our family's camp. Thoughts of dark clear nights full of stars, the sound of whippoorwills and loons calling, wrap me in memories of a simpler, perhaps more innocent time, but one that seems quintessentially Canadian.
I have lived in the Yukon for 30 years, thankfully also a place of the loon. Its' haunting call continues to be the sound that signals home.

My Mother loved them and would get up early to see them on the lake where we often went for the weekend. When I was young there were no sea-doos and few motor boats and we would sit and listen to them. We especially loved them in spring when the little ones would trail after the Mom. My Mother has advanced Alzheimer's disease now but is very content and often smiling. It is the same smile she used those mornings. I think she is back on the dock watching her favourite Canadian bird. May they bring others such joy.

WE live on the beach and enjoy watching and listening to the loons calling many times throughout the year. Also have thrilled to their calls on lakes in the Caribou.

I'm not sure what the essay section is for, but my vote is for the Loon. When I saw that there was a vote for a national bird, my first thought was a Loon. So it's the bird I picked :)

The loon is symbolic for wilderness in summer. Like lots of Canadians, they skiddadle when it gets cold.

It's on our coin and on our lakes.

At first I was not sure about voting for the Common Loon because it is already the provincial bird of Ontario. After a bit of research it is one of the few bird species that is present in all provinces and territories. It's habitat includes both oceans and freshwater lakes and this is a great fit because Canada has three coasts and more lake area than any other country in the world. Loons keep the same partner for life and often use the same nest sites year after year. Agile swimmers, they can dive more than 60 meters (200 feet) below the surface. They can fly at speeds of up to 130 km/hr. Their call is iconic, haunting, and immediately evokes thoughts of the great Canadian wilderness. Loons have been around for at least 20 million years making them the oldest living bird today. A native legend says that to see a Loon is a symbol of a dream come true or an answered wish. In some Northwest Coast tribes, loons are symbols of harmony, generosity, and peace.

That laugh -- it's so Canadian. And we're the only country in the world who call our money "loonies" and "toonies". Since we already project a looney-tunes image to the world, let's reinforce it by naming this beautiful bird.

That lonely cry as they fly overhead in the darkening sky at eventide, is a sound never to be forgotten

The Common Loon is the iconic Canadian bird, just as the Beaver is the iconic Canadian animal.

The call of the Loon is an evocative and nostalgic sound that defines a Canadian summer.

Loons are everywhere in Canada and they have a recognized loon call!

My husband's vote goes to the common loon, as to him, the haunting lonely call of the loon is like a voice in the wilderness, echoing across the vast open regions of our great country.

I would also like to vote for the common loon but for different reasons.

Whenever we have the chance to escape from SW Ontario, and travel to the more northern parts of the province, I am always listening for and hoping to hear the haunting call of the loon.

It tugs at my heartstrings and I feel serene and at peace. I am reminded once again of the beauty and majesty of our surroundings. It is music to my ears. And as that lonely haunting call evokes the same response every time I am lucky enough to hear it, it seems fitting that the common loon gets my vote as National bird of Canada.

I believe the loon should be Canada's national bird because it is a majestic, beautiful, and unique seabird that lives in beautiful landscapes. It's beauty and song is like no other bird I have seen or heard in Canada. Plus the "loonie" is a Canadian monument that could be carried on through the loon being the national bird.

On retrouve cet oiseau sur les plans d'eau, partout au Canada, il me semble. Il chante si bien le matin. Son chant résonne partout.

The Common Loon is an iconic symbol of our majestic lake environments from the Land Between and the Canadian Shield. Sightings of the loon on our lake in the early morning or late afternoon elicit a feeling of space, sustainability, pristine environment, remoteness yet proximity, and survival.

On retrouve partout au Canada, il est aussi sur notre dollar.
C'est un bel oiseau au chant distinctif.

Love Canada and love loons!

Loons are seen all across Canada, and their call is recognized by many.

I don't have an essay to add, just would like to say I have spent many, many hours and taken thousands of pictures of Loon's and their babies over the last 50 years on our Lake.... just a lovely bird.

Please - let's not have the Canada Goose voted the winner. They are pesky birds.

we have the common loon on our lake. It is a beautiful distinct bird. I feel it should be our national bird.

The haunting call of the loon is the quintessential sound of Canada to me. Watching a loon floating quietly on a lake is part of my summer memories.

The Loon family of birds is found from east to west, north to south in Canada; they truly represent the whole country. Anyone out in the wilds / nature, is sure to have heard if not seen, the loon. Its call is unique, easily identified - not like trying to remember certain warbles and screeches - and is, I feel, our Canadian "call of the wild".

I have always been proud that we still have many unspoiled areas in Canada, and when I hear a loon while visiting there, it feels good in my heart!

When I first came to Canada, the freshwater lakes left me in awe. The loon was the first bird I heard and then finally saw; such elegant defined lines and such a symbol of the peace and beauty of the Canadian lakes.

The Loon
Spellbinding In its haunting cry
Able to swim
Able to fly
Born across Canada
The Territories too
A symbol to all
That spring has arrived
A bird for Canada
Which fill us with pride

It was always the call of the common loon that we as a family remember of our summers at the cottage.

I enjoy listening to the sound of the loon and its soothing voice in the early morning and evening.

My grandfather used to say that the song of the loon was the most relaxing soothing song. It always reminds me of my days by the lake. And being by the wAter is so soothing and relaxing and Canadian

Beautiful haunting call that I feel priviledged to hear when I am at the cottage.

I can't believe the loon isn't our bird yet. Hearing the haunting call on a summer's night leaves me with the profound sense that I am home.

I may live in Alaska but most of my summer is spent in the Yukon or British Columbia at lakes where loons abound. Their presence is what brings me to the lakes. Their call, while "haunting", evokes the meaning of the wild lands of Canada.

The lonely call rises above all other sounds, the call of the loon, haunting, mysterious echoing it's call across the great pond. The call reaches back over past years and it brings to mind a very distant past of places where only our aboringinal brothers and sisters heard. Long before this great vast country of Canada was known to the white man. The loon has a sacred call, reminding me of the pristine wilderness and wildness that was once this country. Where only the raptors, moose, deer, grizzly and black bears and wolves roamed freely, their cries joining the chorus of the great loons cry. A feeling of freedom for all creatures, one where natures balance was in perfect harmony. The loon's cry sings out of that harmony and freedom for all wildlife, beautiful and enchanting, just like the country we live in.

The Loone. It is in most places in Canada!

Nothing nicer than hearing the far off call of a wild loon on a northern lake. It helps you get out of your city mode & into the big beautiful Canadian wilderness mode.

The Common Loon is a beautiful bird with a haunting sound. It is amazing to watch it go underwater to fish and not know where or when it will pop up!

The Loon has haunting call like no other. They answer back if you call them. Some times they will let me swim with them. When they swim they curl their wings around their body and sneeze the water out from the space between the wings and bodies. They move through the water like a dart. They turn instantly just by bending their bodies. They need lakes with fish in them and a nesting area away from waves and without large increases in the water line. What's good for the Loon is great for the environment. Loon is not short for lunatic, get over it.

Change the category for Common Loon. It is a bird of the lakes! Its haunting call is known to most Canadians acrooss this vast country. It is a symbol of the great outdoors. That's what Canada is all about.

It couldn't be any other bird, could it? :)

Loons have been part of our Canadian identity forever. My fondest memory of the loon is when I was canoeing the Bowron Lake chain in central BC in 1990 and hearing the loons and their famous piercing calls just as dusk was setting in. They were beautiful to see and hear during our 10 day trip around this spectacular area of wilderness. This was my 40th birthday gift to myself and the loons hold a very big part in my memories of that trip.

What a great project! I read the essays and notes on all the entries and was touched by them all. David Bird almost convinced me with his eloquent argument for the loveable, hardy Whiskey Jack, and Noah Richler and others reminded me of how smart and widespread the raven is and how beautiful and mysterious the Snowy Owl is. But in the end, I am back to the Common Loon, for me the symbol of all things good about our land of lakes and the need to protect them. It's an emotional vote, but why not? Every year when the loons come back in the spring to nest on "my" lake in the Quebec Laurentians, I breathe a sigh of relief; the precious habitat of this little lake is still alive. Sure the loons go south for the winter; so do lots of Canadians! We keep coming back to our roots, n'est-ce-pas?

I grew up in Northern Ontario, the call of the loon in the evening is something that can not be replaced.
Unfortunately because of acid rain & the effect that it has on the loon eggs, the bird may well become extinct

If the Canadian wilderness could be summed up in a single sound it would be the haunting cry of the common loon. It makes sense for the loon to be are national bird because its already featured on a 'Loonie' .

Loon is a family oriented bird!

Beautiful bird with a lovely call.

I love the call of the loon and have always felt it represented Canada. One of the first gifts Ibought my parents when I started working (50 yr ago!) was an Inuit sculpture of a loon.

I first saw and heard a loon on Lake Simcoe. "Look, look!", said Mother. We held our breath with excitement. Barrie was a tiny town then. -And Lake Simcoe waters were clear ten feet down. We had just come to Canada, and the loon was special and different. The award-winning Canadian film, "The Loon's Necklace" was being shown to all school children in Ontario. The loon seemed a connection between modern Canada and the aboriginal Canada before. Now I see and hear the loons on the Little Cataraqui in Kingston. The feeling it gives me is as amazing as it was back then.

Once, not so long ago, while paddling my canoe on a small lake not far from Buckhorn, Ontario, I stopped for a few minutes to try to catch a fish for lunch. I drifted quietly with the light breeze, quietly casting my lure in a faint hope of attracting a bass, when suddenly, five feet in front of me, just off the bow of the canoe, the water erupted as a full-grown loon surfaced, got his bearings and turned to look me squarely in the eye. I was dazzled by the startling contrasts of his black and white plumage and shocked at his sheer size. As I sat, staring -- frozen in respectful silence -- I remember thinking that he was easily as big as an average-sized Thanksgiving turkey. Satisfied that I presented no threat, this graceful creature turned and swam to a more comfortable distance -- perhaps 20 feet away -- where he glanced back at me, briefly, before diving noiselessly beneath the dark surface of the water, barely leaving a ripple. For some time, I knelt there in my canoe -- slightly dazed -- watching, waiting and hoping for him to return; but to no avail. This magnificent bird had decided that he had wasted enough fishing time on me -- the strange creature on the red log -- and that he had more important business to take care of. Little did he know, of course, that he had just given me one of the greatest gifts I had ever, or would ever receive. Nor could his wild, untamed mind, ever have understood that I would carry this brief encounter with me for the rest of my days. In fact, even as I write these words, I can see his black, jewel-like eyes staring at me still and, once again, I am frozen in place by his primeval, hypnotic gaze and I silently mouth the words: "Thank you ...".

This bird is so famous and highly respected and sought after during the summer to set around a campfire near our favourite camping spot on Sheridan Lake and listen to the loons. It is the most beautiful sound in the world

Loons are awesome and pretty. Bad essay, great bird.

i have always associated the loon with the beautiful natural parks of Canada. It is also on our loonies.

My best memories of vacationing in Algonquin park every year growing up and bringing my kids now is of the beautiful sound of the loon

Beautiful is, when you hear Loons flying over your home and hear their awesome calls.

It's a nice bird with an interesting call and would make an excellent national bird of Canada!

Loons say Canada...they speak it! They are beautiful birds that are a part of Canada by being on our loonies too.

The common loon is ubiquitous.

The loon and it's haunting call is Canada.

Over a quiet lake nothing sounds more beautiful than the call of the loon.

Easily identified
Breeds throughout Canada, but rarely in the US other than Alaska
Haunting call easily identified and imitated
Evokes images of the north.

What would Canada be without the Loon. Everyone recognizes it, everyone loves its peacefull call, echoing across a quiet lake. The loon is a symbol of prehistoric age, they mate for life and are dedicated parents raising their young from June to November, teaching them all the life skills they need to survive. Only laying 2 eggs, often only one surviving they have many dangers to overcome from predation to mankind. This is one amazing bird!!

The loon defines our Canadian life- free, pure of spirit,family orientated, adventurous, and recognized worldwide by its distinct voice

Il n'est pas sur notre dollar canadien pour rien! Cet oiseau majestueux occupe les plans d'eau comme s'il était un roi! Son cri fait écho pour signaler sa présence et tout le monde sait reconnaître ce chant qui signale la plenitude de la nature! Ce son est symbole de la nature intègre... cet appel à la relaxation repésente le chant de la terre mère. Ce chant qui se glisse dans le silence des lieux isolés... on ne peut faire autrement que d'arrêter et l'écouter, et ainsi vivre le moment présent!

I have heard the cry of the loon In most of the provinces we have canoed/camped in. It makes me think of our beautiful and varied unpopulated areas in Canada

Is there anything more Canadian than the sound of the loon on a summer's evening? I think not. All of these birds are beautiful and amazing. The loon says "Canadian" to me. (as does the Canada goose but I had to pick one!)

Close between the Snowy Owl and Loon, but the haunting call of the loon is quintessential Canada to me.

We see the Common Loon around the shoreline all year long and in the larger local lakes in the Spring and Summer. It's a bird that is found in most of Canada and is on our $1 coin which in my opinion solidifys the reason for my vote.

I like the Loon. I am a kayaker and the Loon's voice over our open waters is always familiar. These can be found in larger groups and are spectacular as they communicate.
The Common loon can be found on our fresh waters and Coastal waters from Coast to Coast.
It is already the bird of choice on our currency.

Quel magnifique cri!

FYI - I am a Canadian citizen - born and raised in New Brunswick. Recently moved to Maine. :)

The common loon brings back memories of canoeing and dusk in the cottage by the lake. The song of the loon is synonymous with the wilderness of Canada which is the way Canada should be kept, wild.

Call of the loon represents the wilderness of Canada.

In my view, a national bird has to be well recognized, living in a large area of Canada, and actually known to a large percentage of citizens. Given this, the list of potential candidates for the honor of "Canadian National Bird" shrinks dramatically. The common loon in my opinion is right on top of that list. Next I would think a national bird has to reflect the life and habits of Canadians. Canadians are known to be outdoor people who love to spend time around lakes and forests, far away from their busy cities. The same is true for the common loon. Next, the call of the national bird has to be recognized by most Canadians. That takes the Canada Goose out of the picture. and that clearly moves the Common Loon to the very top of the list. You can't help it, but if you hear the call of a loon, you know you are at home. This is true in Ontario as much as it is in the Yukon. And to see these beautiful birds float peacefully across a calm lake in the evening tells you that life is just perfect and all is well.

I LOVE this beautiful bird and it would be a suiting memento as Canada's national bird. The common loon is prominent on our dollar coin which has been commonly termed the “Loonie” since the coin was introduced in the 1987. As well, the Canadian two dollar coin is now nicknamed the “Toonie” being shortened from “two Loonies” even though the coin displays a polar bear. The loons call is so soothing and invokes a feeling of peace when hearing the sound. The common loon is a very suitable national bird for Canada.

The Loon's cry on a quiet day on the lake is the most beautiful sound. Just love it.

The loon represents our beautiful north . There is nothing sweeter to the ear than the loon's call.It's plaintive .

Nothing says cottage season has started and ended like the arrival and departure of our loons.

The loon is iconic to Canadians. It is a symbol of our abudance of fresh water, of cottaging in the summer, as well as the great outdoors. There has been concern lately that the Common Loon is in decline across Canada due to disturbance from humans (they tend to build nests away from human activity), from changing water levels, and from habitat loss on marshes or shorelines. This icon of Canada must remain just that- an icon, and 'common' across our great country. What better way to promote awareness and respect for this species and its habitat than by making it Canada's National Bird.

It is simply the one sound that elicits a bird imagine in our family that is dispersed across Canada

nothing is more Canadian that the evening sound of the loon.

Whenever I hear a loon call, I cannot resist stopping whatever I'm doing and look for the bird on the lake and hope it will call again. It certainly deserves serious consideration for Canada's national bird.

Common Loon occurs across across Canada from coast to coast (but not quite to the third -- most northerly -- coast). It is a beautiful bird, big and easy to see and hear, already well known because of its presence on the $1 coin,and already an icon for Canadians. This species needs publicity because its lake-habitat is being damaged by industrial pollution(methyl mercury). Also, quiet lakes it requires (with abundant small fish and invertebrates) are undergoing increased disturbance due to the growing presence of humans (lake-shore cottages, fishers, water-sports) and (sometimes)unethical behaviour (e.g.chasing birds with chicks, feeding with discarded fish)) and the warming climate. We need increased vigilance and publicity for this species to generate respect and uinderstanding, INCLUDING information about how to avoid adverse impacts on loons on their summer breeding grounds.

I always hear the loon at my cottage in Southern Ontario. It's eerie yet beautiful call is a key feature of this bird.

Who doesn't love the sound of their nightmares stalking them in the wilderness? Bring it on, bird!

I vote for the Common Loon. They are beautiful. They are in every province and territories. They are on loonies. They sing beautifully in the morning.
That's why I picked the Common Loon!!

I think the Common Loon should win and become the national bird of Canada. It is well deserving. And unlike other birds, it is the face of the Canadian Loonie (Dollar). The Government doesn't have to advertise as much because it is already well known. I think the lack of advertisement would also save Canada a bit of money. Also the Common Loon is a very beautiful bird. They make really appealing noises unlike other birds that are plain out annoying. Overall I think that the Common Loon deserves to win this contest, that is why I voted for it.

Love the loon! It's a bird one can find all over Canada. I like to think it represents us as Canadians....

This bird is usually found around lakes, which our country has an abundance of. It is already on our one dollar coin, which leads me to think someone designing the coin and those accepting the coin's design felt the common loon held a place in our collective hearts. It certainly does for me!

Waking up in cottage country in any province was a thrill when one could hear the call of the common loon; a distinct call that is very recognizable.

As a teenager I had the privilege of working in the wilderness with a certified wilderness guide. Many a misty morning I woke to the beautiful call of this bird. On one occasion, while paddling in the middle of a lake, we came upon a mother loon and her little ones. The guide showed me how to scoop up a baby loon, which I cuddled for 2-3 minutes and then the proper way to return it to the mother, so that she wouldn't reject it. After doing this the mother gathered all the little ones onto her back and calmly swam away from us. This is a memory I will cherish forever!

I believe that our national bird should be one that can be sighted in most parts of Canada so we can all share in the pride of knowing the bird firsthand.

The loon represents the tone of Canada with its lonely and haunting call, bringing to mind the vastness and sparsely-settled lands of this young country. It is a proud, determined bird and seems to want its privacy, choosing to be well away from noise and confusion, like so many Canadians.

Our Canada was settled by the indigenous people as well as a variety of people from different areas. We pride ourselves in striving to show tolerance of others so we can live in harmony, respecting each other's uniqueness. The loon seems to live its life minding its own business, doing what it has to do to survive.

I believe the loon is a perfect choice to represent Canadians, their independence and their culture.

The loon has long been neglected. Its beautiful forlorn call is sweet music in the evenings and when calling its young to come in. They chastise their young to teach them in much the same way humans do. It deserves to be a national bird. More information needs to be available about these beautiful birds and their habitats,

The loon is the most distinctive and evocative bird on the list.

The Common Loon is a bird revered for its beauty and haunting call. It is a species of special concern primarily for its fragility in terms of breeding behavior and habitat. As a national symbol, it epitomizes the delicate balance we as humans must maintain between our activities and the natural world. I believe the loon will represent the country well and serve as a majestic and fitting image alongside other beauties quintessential to the north such as moose, bear, sparkling lakes, and expansive, coniferous forests.

The call of the Loon is like no other and originally being from Northern Ontario it is a beautiful sound that brings back so many wonderful memories.

Not only is the loon found in all parts of Canada so is its namesake the loonie. Its call and plumage are so distinct and recognizable to everyone.

The sounds and beauty of the common loon. I have a camp on Ranger lake and there is nothing like sitting at the camp fire and hearing the loon talking to each other. The loon is such a beautiful water fowl

As an American, thank you for allowing me to vote. I live near Campobello Island and have worked extensively in Canadian bogs.

Gray Jay is actually my first choice but it does not represent the entire country. Common loon does, and looks like your official bird at this point (based on your coinage system). Also, common loon and its vocalizations are recognized by the vast majority of Canadians.

It's the first bird that comes to mind when I think Canada.

I felt that the bird chosen should be representative of all Canadians from every geographic area. The call of the loon resounds with so many people - creating awe and admiration. Their swimming/diving skills are extraordinary - wonderful for adults and children alike to react with.

There is nothing like the call of the loon. One look at it's territory and I am convinced that it should be our National Bird.

Love the call of the Loon. I hear that and I think of Canadian lakes.

I love their eerie call.

The unique call of a loon on a lake in the evening - that's Canadian summer.

There are many beautiful birds that could be named national bird. It should not be the Canada Goose, however, since the Canada Goose is an unwelcome sight in many places. The loon, however, delights the eye and the ear. Whoever has heard the loon on a northern lake will never forget it. The north fills our imaginations and the cry of the loon inspires wonder, nostalgia, and a sense of belonging with the vastness of our northern landscape. And, of course, everyone now holds the loon in the palm of the hand.

We have had a cottage for 38 years on a large lake near Ottawa, ON. The loons have of course been with us since the beginning and I cannot imagine our lake experience without them. They are beautiful to watch and beautiful to hear, are found all across Canada and therefore should be our national bird.

This is easy; it has to be the Common Loon: perfect size, gorgeous markings & coloUration, plus a haunting, beautiful, and distinct call (Canadian living in the USA) ...

Its call brings pleasure to my soul

There is nothing so beautiful as the sound of a loon in the pre-dawn hours. Picture it-dark, cool, misty fog on the water, not a sound to be heard except the gentle lapping of waves hitting the shore. Then, this haunting, bone chilling call of the loon that envelopes you, piercing your very core. You can't escape it-yet-you find yourself waiting, wanting more and not wanting to escape it. God help the person or thing that interrupts this sacred moment, for they will feel your wrath.

Nothing sounds more like Canadian summer than a loon's call on a calm lake at a cottage.

The common loon should be our national bird because it's distinctive haunting call is recognized across our nation. I know that this bird is highly recognizable internationally as well with it being on our one dollar coin and featured with its call on many advertisements to visit our nation.

Once when I was out canoeing on a calm lake in Newfoundland, Canada I had a conversation with a loon. He was not too far from my boat and we called back and forth for 15 minutes or so. Beautiful animal!!!

They are always there when camping and canoeing. Their behaviour, "now you see me, now you don't " and their song.... makes them the winner for me.

It's already on our dollar!

Its Beautiful and Pristine...

I felt as though the common loon is a strong contender for are national bird because it bring backs memories of camping on the hockey rink and ice fishing riding a Moose while drinking maple syrup with one hand and a beer in the other. We rode into adversity when a large and angry polar bear comes running towards us looking for his next meal he tried to eat us but we were saved by the majesty of the loon as it carried us away on it's strong back and back to our igloo for nice meal of poutine but after the northern lights had passed the loon politely took his leave on his toboggan wearing his toque of the many suns til he went back to his evergreen of 'thank you' to rest under the lights of Toronto.

I think the national bird should be something that we all recognize. Who doesn't know the haunting call of a loon? And of course there is the loonie...

It deserves to be the National Bird. It's always been here. The Canada Goose was a rare bird in Canada until a few decades ago. They are not a nice bird and have no idea who named it Canada Goose! There is nothing like being in the wilderness and being one on one with the Loone. They are beautiful and have the most beautiful sound! Loone all the way!

Not only on lakes, for goodness sakes, when it dives in the river, it makes me shiver, this gracious bird will be back up soon with its haunting sound could only be our Canada's loon.

The common loon is on a National coin. The Loonie. It's call brings memories of Canadian summers spent camping and cottaging. They deserve the national recognition.s

What other bird has a coin named after it?!

The eerie call of the loon during the night is quintessential Canadian nature.

it's image was in the coin and most people are familier with this bird.

The loon is a beautiful, medium-sized bird, not too showy ( typical of Canadians). Its call is so distinctive that most people recognize it easily. A lovely representative of our lovely, not too showy country!

Not only is the Common loon visually distinctive, it sounds haunting and evokes the great outdoors perfectly. A sound all Canadians know which resonates deep within the soul. A moment to pause and appreciate the simplest things life has to offer. Found on inland lakes and oceans, they are adventurous but steadfast. Keeping their distance from humans but returning every year to the same spot to nest, these birds are quintessentially Canadian: loyal but slightly aloof, tough to spot from afar, magnificent but understated up close. Oh Common loon, stand on guard for Canada.

There is nothing like the haunting call of the loon. It just reminds you of wild places and pristine wilderness. I would come across them on paddling trips in Algonquin Park when I was younger, and the sound takes me back there whenever I hear it.

My favorite song bird!

Can't believe you'd need an essay to understand this vote. Loons sound better than any other natural acoustics in world! Decrease blood pressure and make me smile!!!! They are beautiful to look at, and when they swim under your canoe when the lake is absolutely perfectly still, it is a moment of complete wonderment (plus a dash of terror). The fact that in my part of the world, loons are surrounded by harsh Canadian Shield granite, majestic white pines and fleeting summer weather, should be incidental to the argument. Virtually all Canadians can identify the loon - if only because it adorns the $1 coin - and those who know it in person, by sight or by sound, cannot help but love it. The common loon is,in fact,common throughout Canada. But in such a significant way! The loon should obviously be our national bird.

As a Canadian citizen living in Northern Colorado- I have such powerful memories of the Loon.. The lakes north of Montreal introduced me to them..... and going to Camp Wapomeo in Algonquin Park, Ontario cemented my love for and emotional connection to the bird and it's call. There has been nothing like it on the planet for me... and as I am in my 60's, my vote is overwhelmingly for a bird that occupies a place deep in my heart.

The sound of the loon on my lake is so Canadian and tells emit is summer

Occurs across the country and is a haunting reminder of our great wild places.

It's nationally distributed. It's gorgeous. It is haunting. It's a northern icon. It's been imortalized by the Hinterland Who's Who series. No other bird is in the same league...

When I was younger my family did a lot of canoeing and camping in Alberta and BC and the sound of the loon still haunts me in a good way. What a beautiful bird to be chosen as our national bird.

Everyone loves the distinctive call of the Loon!

The Common Loon is Canada's bird!

I'd prefer we say the Loon - Common and Pacific Loon - so we capture the eastern and western waters. In both cases, the call of the loon speaks of Canadian wilderness.

The common loon is a true Canadian Icon. Its call is so familiar to any Canadian outdoor enthusiast.

I did not know that Canada has never had an official bird... I've always thought it was the Common Loon. I mean, we do have the Loonie.... That is why he is getting my vote

I come from Northern Ontario and the Loon is an iconic bird up there. Personally the call of the loon just reminds me of the cottage, serenity and nature.

Live on the shore of red bay ontario. Listen to the loons every evening. They are the hands down the national bird of canada

Their call says it all.

When I lived in B.C., there was a local lake I used to go to. There was always a loon in the middle of the lake making that beautiful call, so plaintive!! I fell in love with loons immediately! I think they are beautiful as well with it's distinctive markings!

When I hear the first loon of the year, I know that spring,, while not near yet is on its way, and I look forward to hearing it all summer on our small lake. I also remember the many times we spent on canoe trips in Ontario's Parks and listen to them at night. Loons are part of My Canada.

It's already on the coin and currency. Make the looney official

It is found through out Canada
It is widely known
it's call touches people to hear it
symbol of our heritage our wilderness
the loonie is a Canadian thing
it is "ture north strong and free"

beautiful denizen of the North that characterizes our lakes and great outdoors.
It makes a beautiful call that almost every Canadian immediately recognizes.

The Common Loon
I voted for the common loon. Some reasons I voted for the common loon are: the common loon is on the dollar coin, you can find the common loon in every province and territory and the bird has been around for millions of years! Some people consider the cry of the loon the sound of Canada.

I am voting for the common loon for two main reasons. The first of which is to do with the fact that already as canadians we have money that is based upon this bird and I don't think that it would be too far a stretch to also have a national bird that just happens to be represented already on our currency.

My other reason for voting for the common loon is that throughout my life I have visited many lakes in ontario, particularly the kawarthas and smaller lakes up in the muskokas and the loon is such a beautifully eerie and calming call that you find in the smaller lakes. The bird is also simply beautiful and versatile in both shallow and deep waters and always keeps you guessing as to where it will come up for air next after a long dive. I would associate this beauty and mystery with much of canada and its natural environments, as despite the fact that we have classified the different regions of canada we are still discovering and learning new things about our great country all the time.

I am not sure as to whether other will agree with me and my reasoning but I hope that the loon is given proper consideration.

In think the common loon should be canadas national bird because it's on the loonie and it should have more value. The loon is also a very pretty bird.The common loon is on the loonie all across the country. The loon should more valuable then just on a coin. The loon is also very graceful Especially the patterns on the loons back. The loon is also a phenomenal representative of Canada because they can be seen in lakes and rivers across the country.I believe that the loon should be Canada's national bird because it's on the loonie and should be more important. I hope that you will all agree with me and vote for the common loon. Priyanka Chopra aged 9 years and 1 month

It is cool

The loon seems like a very nice choice because it is a beautiful bird and already on our loonie! I hope the country agrees! Thank you bye for now! ;D

I want it to be the loon because its pretty and its on one of our coins. it can also be found all over the country. it is majestic and smart and also beautiful and delicate. thank you :)

Good family bird.
Likes lakes and rivers.
Haunting call.
Red eyes.
What's not to like.

The common loon an awesome bird. It already is on all of our $1 coins, which we call Loonies. They can be heard in almost all parks in Canada at a given time. They migrate all over North America. They are just plain awesome, and it is a good idea to make them Canada's national bird.

There is a reason why the Canadian Royal Mint chose the loon to represent our $1 currency. It was ipso facto already considered to be Canada's national bird, just as the beaver and the maple leaf became representative symbols of Canada. I would venture to say that the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, as well as most Canadians, would have no difficulty, in this particular survey, to select the loon as our national bird. I believe that the "LOON" rules and nothing else.

I think the Canadian Loon can win because you see him lots and he is also on the Loonie. I also think these are cool species because they can swim and they look awesome! As a child, I enjoyed chocolate loonies as a treat! We have learned recently that the Loon lives in all provinces and territories across. Canada why would you not vote for this bird!?!?

I grew up in Manitoba, spent many summers travelling to the North for fishing and holidays with my family. This spectacular bird seemed to be everywhere. My mother loved to see and hear them and would call everyone to attention whenever she heard or saw one. We all learned to watch and listen for them, and throughout my adult life, that alertness has not left me. I've lived in each of the western provinces, and it always makes me think of home and my childhood when I see or hear a loon even now. Thankfully, loons grace all of the lakes and rivers I've been to, so I never have to go far to find one.

There are just more votes for this bird. And i think loons are pretty cool.

The cry of the loon is so distinct and heard across our great country of Canada. I remember hearing it in Alberta, BC and Ontario.

No contest!!

I have the loon's cry as a ring tone on my cell phone. Whenever, I hear it, I of the cottage.

Already on our dollar coin.

It seems only natural to have the loon as our national bird after all, it is featured on our one dollar coin aka a loonie.

The common loon is the sound of wildness. I have monitored them for several years for Bird Studies Canada and am thrilled to have the chance to have them for our National Bird. It is very likely that all Canadians will have the chance to see on in their lifetime. We need to protect their habitat so their population will remain healthy. How fitting they have been chosen for our popular Loonie Coin. Go loons go!

Canada is a country of vast land and water. The Loon is one of the few birds that can be found in almost all areas. It is already depicted on our money so makes a logical choice as it is already familiar around the world as representing our country.

I think the Common Loon would represent Canada well as our National Bird. It's habitat includes every province and territory in Canada, loves our many lakes, has a hauntingly beautiful call, and on top of all that is lovely to look at with a beautiful plumage...

Come on really? Easy one!

I believe the Loon would be a very fitting national bird. It is already on the loonie, so it makes sense. It is very beautiful, and has a very haunting cry. I love the common loon and hope it is the successful choice!

The loonie it seems to me is synonymous with Canada, and so should it be the loon... plus I know a lot of loonie Canadians.

The call of the loon defines the Canadian wilderness to me. It's haunting, and specific--and echoes across a lake so definitively. But, here's a good anecdote--a friend, who now lives in Brooklyn, was on an excursion in rural NY when she heard a loon. She said, "Oh, listen to the loons!" Her companion said, "How do you know what it is?" And she replied, "Because I'm Canadian."

Regardless, I've slept to their calls, paddled by them on our lake, listened to them define the night, and all the while it makes me think of how important it is to protect our wild spaces, our Canadian wild spaces. The loon is the symbol of that, for me.

The common loon is a beautiful bird with a magnificent call. The females carry her babies on he back and both parents are extremely attentive.

Unforgettable memory of starting the day at the cottage with the sound of Loon calling from the lake (near Algonquin Park Ontario), makes me choose the Common Loon as the Bird of Canada.

I think the common loon best represents our country. They mate for life and are beautiful creatures to watch in their habitat.

We lived in the NWT for four years in the 70