Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Berkeley embraces Barn Owl

The Bay Area bastion of liberalism recently adopted Barn Owl as the city bird.

...the barn owl seems like a good fit for this town. Berkeley likes to think of itself as the Athens of the West: well, in classical Greece the owl was the bird of Athena.

Its image graced Athenian coins, and it was associated with victory and prosperity. Although owls have often had a sinister reputation, some peoples, including the Ainu and the Cherokee, revered them or at least saw admirable qualities in them.
Do you know of other cities that adopted a bird?


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