It's Vancouver Bird Week, and there's only four days left to vote in what's arguably this year's most important election.
The deadline to cast your ballots in the second Vancouver city bird election is Saturday (May 9).
Handpicked by Vancouver's bird advisory committee—yes, this body actually exists and its seats are filled by humans—the candidates are four rare birds: Peregrine Falcon, Western Grebe, Barn Owl, and Barn Swallow.
When I checked the online voting results today (May 5), Western Grebe (51,559 votes) had a slight lead over Peregrine Falcon (50,909 votes).
Barn Owl (34,330 votes) and Barn Swallow (15,270 votes) were way back in the third and fourth positions, respectfully.
(Disclosure: these numbers were gleaned after I voted three times for Barn Swallow and once for Western Grebe today, and multiple times for both birds on previous days.)
Voting kicked off on April 15.
Physical ballot boxes—for real—are located at Central Library, Hillcrest Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (site of the Bird Friendly Design Guidelines exhibition), Stanley Park Ecology Society, and VanDusen Botanical Garden.
The winner will succeed Black-Capped Chickadee as city bird in 2016.