Jul 01 2012
Happy Canada Day!
Readers in Canada, Detroit and Buffalo know all about it but most Americans forget that Canada’s national holiday is July 1.
Today Canada commemorates the anniversary of the British North American Act of 1867 that merged three colonies into a single country named Canada. Like a wedding reception that celebrates a married couple’s new status, Canada celebrates the British Parliament’s declaration of their new status as a dominion. To carry the analogy further… in the U.S. we celebrate our elopement on July 4, the day we publicly broke with Britain and signed the Declaration of Independence.
Beyond this difference in national origin, Canada and the U.S. share a continent and a lot of plants and animals.
Here are four things found outdoors this month in Pennsylvania that have “Canada” as their first name.
Canada lilies bloom in Pennsylvania’s woods. They’re hard to find because deer eat the blooms so I felt lucky to see one last weekend near Seven Springs, PA.
Canada warblers breed in the Laurel Highlands. Try the Quebec Run Wild Area if you want to see one.
Canada geese are everywhere now. Look for them on our rivers and lakes or at your favorite golf course.
Canada thistle is everywhere, too, but it was misnamed. It’s from Europe, not Canada. Wonder how that happened.
Can you think of other “Canada” plants and animals?