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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
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
Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris)
You can find this endangered wildflower along the northern shorelines of Lakes Michigan and Huron.
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.
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
The Painted Turtle likes quiet, shallow waters. Its colorful markings allow it to blend into its environment.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
The words of this song were created by Giles Kavanagh while the music was done by H. O’Reilly Clint
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