Tallahassee Democrat: One more campaign: Florida Scrub-jay for state bird by Rep. Mark PaffordUpdate May, 1999
The bill was passed unanimously in a Senate committee, despite vigorous oppositon by Marion Hammer of the NRA, but failed to get onto the floor of either the House or Senate for a vote.
Petition drives are still underway. Rep. Futch and Sen. Kurth will continue the effort in the next legislative session.
A campaign is currently underway to designate the Florida Scrub-Jay as the official state bird of Florida. The current state bird is the Northern Mockingbird.
The Florida Audubon Society at their membership meeting last fall adopted a resolution to support this effort. Rep. Howard Futch filed a bill in the House of Representatives to make it official.
Brooksville's Moton Elementary Wildlife Ambassadors project is focusing on the Florida Scrub-Jay. The site contains lots of information and great photos.
Pro arguments include:
Con arguments include:
The text of the bill designating the Florida Scrub-Jay as the state bird:
Be it Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. Section 15.051, Florida Statutes, is created to read:
15.051 Official state bird. -- The Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma
coerulenscens) is designated the official Florida state bird.
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.