The Black-backed woodpecker should definitely get voted because it is an unique, fascinating bird that represents Canada. This woodpecker lives year round in almost all the areas in Canada (barely lives in the U.S), has special characteristics and will convince Canadians to protect more of it's habitat because it has specific habitat preferences.
Some of the birds that are being voted, also live in most of the U.S or live in more foreign countries rather than Canada.The bird that gets voted should live in most of Canada or in Canada only because this means that it is more hardy and able to withstand most of Canada's weather, just like how we Canadians have to. This also means that we can enjoy more of the bird's presence because it lives mostly only in Canada.
The Black-backed woodpecker is a more secretive bird, and although it is not the most vivid and flamboyant bird out there, it represents Canada's and its citizens more secretive and not so vivid personality. For example, Canada isn't exactly a warm,tropical place or is a place full of tropical, vibrant bird species. Therefore it should be a more secretive and less vibrant bird, but it is also friendly(like us Canadians and our country) just like the Black-backed woodpecker.
This woodpecker also lives in northern boreal and montane coniferous forests and because this habitat is disappearing, we need to protect this habitat to keep the population from decreasing. If it becomes Canada's national bird, this will make us want to protect it's habitat, so not only can the Black-backed woodpecker be able to thrive, but so will all the other plants and animals be able to if this habitat is protected. This shows that Canada is a beautiful and stunning country, but it needs protection and help if the beauty of Canada and all the plants and animals living inside it are going to stay.
Also, only birds that aren't already one of Canada's provincial birds should be able to become Canada's national bird. If a bird represents one of Canada's provinces and this country, that would be too much fame for just one bird. There should be more of a variety of birds that get picked to represent something, to let other birds also have the opportunity. Every bird has something different about it that represents Canada, such as what type of habitat it lives in or it's type of personality. The more variety, the more characteristics and facts can be added to represent Canada. The Black-backed woodpecker isn't already one of Canada's provincial birds, so it should become Canada's national bird. Even though it is tough to find and rather secretive, that shouldn't let this interesting bird not get picked. Other countries also have national birds that are more secretive and not that well known, so that shouldn't stop you from voting it just because it is more "unpopular" or not as "well known" as others species. The Black-backed woodpecker is a fascinating species that represents Canada really well and is very different from any other bird. Vote for the Black-backed woodpecker and help make a big difference in Canada!
— Submitted on Saturday, November 28, 2015 by Kayla Bezkorow