Taiwan National Bird Vote Results
from left to right: Wu Thai-sun, Deputy Minister, Education Division;
Tsai Duei, Minister, Transportation Division; Yang Chung-tse,
Legislator; Wang Jin-pyng, Speaker of the House; Tien Chiu-chin,
Legislator; Chen Sheng-tsong, Legislator; Lee Yi-Yang, Minister of the
Interior; Jo Ann MacKenzie, Taiwan International
Birding Association (Canada).
Taiwan National Bird Vote campaign, which began in January, 2007, came
to a close at midnight, April 29, 2007. There were over 1 million votes
cast (987,063 by computer and 70,000 by paper ballot) from 53 countries,
representing every continent except Antarctica. There were 1,300
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winning bird, FORMOSAN
MAGPIE, with 491,572 votes, was announced at a media event on May 2,
2007. In second place was MIKADO PHEASANT,
with 277,178 votes. The random draw for prizes (20 Olympus digital
cameras) took place; 19 names were drawn by computer, and one, on paper,
drawn by hand. Winners have been notified, and the prizes will be
Legislator Yang Chung-tse will present FORMOSAN MAGPIE and MIKADO
PHEASANT to the National Assembly for formal acceptance, as soon as
thank all those who participated in the vote.