Official City Bird Winner Announcement

18 May 2017
Vancouver Public Library - 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver V6B 6B1

Official City Bird Winner Announcement

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Birds have called for support. Polls have closed. Vancouverites have decided.

After a tight race between the Anna’s Hummingbird, Northern Flicker, Varied Thrush and Spotted Towhee, Vancouverites have casted their ballots towards the official permanent City Bird. Join us as we announce the winning bird to reign over Vancouver’s skies.

The four candidate birds will flutter and twitter around the Library Plaza and Concourse as they nervously anticipate the announcement of the winning bird.

The official City Bird will be unveiled at the conclusion of a commissioned fanfare, “The Gathering Flock,” performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet. The winning bird will then emerge and be crowned as Vancouver’s official City Bird.

Special remarks from:
• City of Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer
• Vancouver Park Board Chair Michael Wiebe
• Chair of the Vancouver Bird Advisory Committee Dr. Rob Butler
• Vancouver Public Library Board Chair Kyla Epstein

Special thanks to the Pacific Wildlife Foundation and the International Ornithological Congress 2018 for their support and for commissioning the fanfare.

This will be the first public performance of the fanfare, entitled “The Gathering Flock” has been commissioned for Opening Ceremony of the International Ornithological Congress in August, 2018. It was composed by Frederick Schipizky, a renowned BC-based composer and bassist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Performing the fanfare are members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra family: Larry Knopp and Vince Vohradsky (trumpets); David Haskins French (horn); Gordon Cherry (retired Principal Trombonist); and Peder MacLellan (tuba).