[Tweeters] State Bird

Steve Loitz steveloitz at gmail.com
Sun Sep 15 17:14:38 PDT 2019


Residents of central Washington and western Washington might have a
different take : )


On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM George Neavoll <gneavoll at comcast.net> wrote:


> Willow Goldfinch is the subspecific name of the American Goldfinch that is

> found in western Washington (western Oregon, too). I think it’s kind of

> cool to call it such.

>

> George Neavoll

> S.W. Portland

>

> On Sep 15, 2019, at 4:47 PM, Sammy Catiis <hikersammy at msn.com> wrote:

>

> Just as a side note, as some of you know, our State Bird has been listed

> as the Willow Goldfinch and still in, in many encyclopedias and other

> reference books.. even the new ones. When I was teaching 15 years ago, the

> kids were learning State birds, I was surprised to see them all coloring in

> the 'Willow' Goldfinch. Where this becomes a very large problem, is if

> they wanted to look that bird up in a bird book/field guild post 1950, they

> would not find it. I called attention to the School as well as Office of

> Superintendent of Washington State.. nobody seemed to care. Even the

> Audubon chapters were not on board or interested. Where this is a problem

> I think is obvious.. we are not teaching our kids anything that will help

> them if they are interested in the birds. I realize that Sparrow Hawks and

> Marsh Hawks have changed in the years too..(as well as a host of others)

> but that's not a requirement to memorize in the 4th Grade 😮

>

> Something to think about. And yes, you can look up Willow Goldfinch on

> line, but that is not what they are memorizing in school. Wondering if any

> teachers out there see anything in their encyclopedias that note a change?

>

> Sammy

> Now in Sequim

>

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