Lawmakers Arguing Over Which Chickadee is Maine’s Official Bird
This one is going to cause a lot of Mainer's eyes to roll. A new bill has been proposed in Augusta to designate which of two chickadee species in Maine is the state's official bird.
According to WGME 13, Rep. Betty Austin of Skowhegan has submitted the bill because there are two chickadees in the state. The one we are all familiar with and is on our license plates as well as a different colored one that is native to Northern Maine.
The familiar one is the black-capped chickadee found in Southern Maine. The less known is the boreal chickadee found in Northern Maine. Here's the difference.
Okay. I'll say it? This is what we're debating in Augusta?
If you ask me, which you didn't, this just seems like another rift between Northern and Southern Maine. The two regions are vastly different with culture, political views and even climate.
Whatever the reason, trying to clarify exactly which chickadee is the official state bird seems like a waste of time. The good news is that this issue won't cost taxpayers a single cent.
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