July 2012 has set records in Canada this year. In the nation's capital, there are climate records that go all the way back to 1889. There has never been a July as hot and dry as this one. Extreme heat and dry conditions in parts of Central and Eastern Canada have led to a surge in forest fires, limitations on water use, and concerns that crops could be ruined.
Just like dogs, wild birds will open their bills and pant to help dissipate heat on a hot day.