Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Oregon city adopts Belted Kingfisher

Schoolchildren in Lincoln City, Ore., voted for the city's official bird and cast their ballots for Belted Kingfisher. Other candidates included Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey and Dark-eyed Junco.

Audubon Society of Lincoln City organized the election, and kids from a kindergarten and two elementary schools participated.

Tyler Lopez, 11, said he voted for the Belted Kingfisher.

"It has a cool mohawk and it likes to fish and I like to fish," he said.

Lopez said he thinks it's important to teach students and the community about respecting birds and protecting their habitats.

"If we learn about birds, we won't trash the environment," he said.
From the mouths of babes...

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