[Tweeters] State Bird

Steve Loitz steveloitz at gmail.com
Sun Sep 15 17:15:21 PDT 2019


Oops. Check that: Residents of central Washington and eastern Washington
may have a different take : )

On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 5:14 PM Steve Loitz <steveloitz at gmail.com> wrote:


> 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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