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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
New Mexico Legislature. New Mexico Statutes, <http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/statutes.aspx> Accessed January 8, 2011.
|Great seal||Find out more...||1913|
|Song||"O, Fair New Mexico," by Elizabeth Garrett||1917|
|Flag||Find out more...||1925|
|Flower||Yucca flower (Genus Yucca)||1927|
|Tree||Nut Pine or Pinon Tree (Pinus edulis)||1948|
|Bird||Chaparral Bird or Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus)||1949|
|Fish||Native New Mexico cutthroat trout or Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki virginalis)||1955|
|Animal||Native New Mexico black bear (Ursus americanus)||1963|
|Vegetables||Chile & Frijol (pinto bean)||1965|
|Spanish language song||Asi Es Nuevo Mejico words and music by Amadeo Lucero||1971|
|Grass||Blue grama grass (Bouteloua gracillis)||1973|
|Slogan, business, commerce and industry||"Everybody is somebody in New Mexico"||1975|
|Ballad||"Land of Enchantment - New Mexico," words and music by Martin Murphy, Chick Raines and Don Cook||1989|
|Insect||Turantuala hawk wasp (Pepsis formosa)||1989|
|Poem||"A Nuevo Mexico," by Luis Tafoya||1991|
|Bilingual song||"New Mexico - Mi Lindo Nuevo Mexico," by Pablo Mares||1995|
|Balloon museum||Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum||1999|
|Question||Red or green?||1999|
|Amphibian||New Mexico spadefoot toad (Spea multiplicata)||2003|
|Butterfly||Sandia Hairstreak (Callophrys mcfarlandi)||2003|
|Reptile||New Mexico whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus neomexicanus)||2003|
|Aircraft||Hot Air Balloon||2005|
|Historic railroad||Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad||2005|
|Answer||"Red and Green" or "Christmas"||2007|
|Cowboy song||"Under New Mexico Skies," composed by Syd Masters||2009|
|Guitar||New Mexico sunrise guitar||2009|
|Necklace||Native American squash blossom necklace (Effective June 17, 2011)||2011|
The New Mexico legislature offers A Legislative Primer to help us understand the New Mexico Legislature, its history, its operations, and how laws are made. This Glossary of Legislative Terms may prove helpful as well.
State Symbols: Section from the 2008 New Mexico Blue Book.
State Symbols: New Mexico Tourism Department: Discover New Mexico's symbols and facts.
State Symbols: Kids' Corner from the New Mexico Secretary of State.
New Mexico Facts and Symbols, by Shelley Swanson Sateren. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major New Mexico symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."
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