Does Maryland Need a State Duck?

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Canvasback (via Chesapeake Conservancy)
Canvasback (via Chesapeake Conservancy)

Along with all the budgeting and bickering, the Maryland General Assembly is, at times, called on to make more symbolic decisions. This year’s docket already seemed to be full given the national debate over Confederate symbols. Then one legislator shouted, “Duck!”

According to the Washington Times, state Sen. Robert Cassilly introduced legislation that would make the Canvasback the official duck of Maryland. It’s fitting that Cassilly hails from Harford County, where Havre de Grace plays host to duck enthusiasts at its infamous decoy museum. As for the canvasback, experts testified were near extinction due to hunting, but made their way back. Cassilly believes that makes this particular the perfect symbol of the recovering Chesapeake.

Despite threading the needle on symbolism, the legislation might be more difficult.

“All the other stuff, the state cat, a state rock, it makes it look like we don’t have anything better to do,” Del. Dereck Davis, a Prince George’s Democrat, told the Times.

 

 



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