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Learn: State Symbols Nerd Room

Find out more about Michigan state symbols.



State Tree

State Tree

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

A symbol of Michigan’s rich logging history. From the 1860s to the late 1890s, we led the nation in lumber production!

Public Act No. 7 of 1955


State Bird

State Bird

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

The American Robin has been the state bird since 1931, and has been called the “best-known and “best-loved” of all birds in Michigan.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 30 of 1931


State Wildflower

State Wildflower

Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris)

You can find this endangered wildflower along the northern shorelines of Lakes Michigan and Huron.

Public Act No. 454 of 1998


State Fossil

State Fossil

Mastodon

It may have roamed Michigan 10,000 years ago, but the Mastodon didn’t become the state fossil until 2002. An extinct relative of the elephant, it weighed 4-6 tons and had tusks up to 9 feet long.

Public Act No. 162 of 2002


State Reptile

State Reptile

Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)

The Painted Turtle likes quiet, shallow waters. Its colorful markings allow it to blend into its environment.

Public Act No. 281 of 1995


State Fish

State Fish

Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

The Brook Trout is native to Michigan and is found throughout the state. It can also be found if you check the end of your line.

Public Act No. 5 of 1988


State Stone

State Stone

Petoskey Stone (Hexagonaria percarinata)

Coral might seem an unlikely choice to be our state stone, but the Petoskey Stone is actually the fossilized remains of coral that existed in the northern Lower Peninsula around 350 million years ago. You might pick one up on a sandy beach.

Public Act No. 89 of 1965


State Gem

State Gem

Chlorastrolite

Known as the Isle Royale Greenstone, Chlorastrolite, is found mainly in the Upper Peninsula (and somewhere around here). The name literally means “green star stone,” but its color ranges from a yellow-green to near black.

Public Act No. 56 of 1972


State Flower

State Flower

Apple Blossom (Pyrus coronaria)

The apple blossom blooms on the apple tree. It has been an official state symbol since 1897 and was noted as “one of the most fragrant and beautiful species of apple.”

Joint Resolution No. 10 of 1897


State Game Mammal

State Game Mammal

White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

Every fall Michigan hunters get a good look at the White-Tailed Deer. Hunting helps manage the deer population and generates business.

Public Act No. 15 of 1997


State Soil

State Soil

Kallkaska Soil Series (Odocoileus virginianus)

The Kalkaska series is one of the earliest soil series to be recognized in Michigan. It was first described in 1927, in Kalkaska County, which is the source of the series name.

Public Act No. 302 of 1990


State Song

State Song

My Michigan

The words of this song were created by Giles Kavanagh while the music was done by H. O’Reilly Clint

Concurrent Resolution No. 17 in 1937