Wisconsin State Bird
Adoption of the Wisconsin State Bird
In 1926 and 1927, Mrs. Walter Bowman, Conservation Chairman of the Wisconsin Federated Women's Clubs, conducted a statewide survey of the state's school children to determine their preference for a state bird. The robin easily proved the most popular bird among the children, garnering twice as many votes as any other bird.
The robin wasn't adopted as the official state bird until many years later however. The robin (Turdus migratorius) became the official state bird of Wisconsin on June 4, 1949.
The Wisconsin Statutes
The following information is excerpted from the Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 1, Section 1.10.
CHAPTER 1. SOVEREIGNTY AND JURISDICTION OF THE STATE.
(f) The robin (turdus migratorius) is the state bird.
Turdus migratorius (American Robin): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
State Bird List: List of all of the state birds.
Birds of Wisconsin: Field Guide, Second Edition: by Stan Tekiela.
A Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America: Peterson Field Guide: Roger Tory Peterson.
State Birds & Flowers 1000-pc Puzzle: Created at the request of The National Wildlife Federation this design is a beautiful and informative puzzle featuring every state bird perched on the appropriate state flower.
Bird Feeders and Accessories: Backyard Birding > Bird Feeders & Accessories from Amazon.com.
State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide, Third Edition - Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Greenwood Press, 2002
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers and Other Symbols: A Study based on historical documents giving the origin and significance of the state names, nicknames, mottoes, seals, flowers, birds, songs, and descriptive comments on the capitol buildings and on some of the leading state histories, Revised Edition - George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., The H.W. Wilson Company, 1938 (Reprint Services Corp. 1971)
Source: Wisconsin Statutes, (http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/stats.html), April 17, 2005
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