Community Q&a

July 17, 2005

THE QUESTION

Does Howard County have an official bird?

THE ANSWER

Yes. The official bird is the American goldfinch. According to the county's Web site, the Howard County chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society requested in 1978 that County Executive Edward L. Cochran designate the American goldfinch as the county's official bird. The designation was made official May 23, 1978, when the County Council introduced legislation to make it so. In the resolution, the council said: "The goldfinch is highly visible throughout Howard County in its natural field habitat and is seen often during winter months at local home feeders throughout the County."

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