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State Symbols

The Western Meadowlark was chosen as the state bird in 1927 by Oregon’s school children in a poll sponsored by the Oregon Audubon Society. The governor then proclaimed it to be the official state bird. It is the only Oregon symbol not officially chosen by the Oregon Legislature.

The Western Meadowlark was chosen as the state bird in 1927 by Oregon’s school children in a poll sponsored by the Oregon Audubon Society. The governor then proclaimed it to be the official state bird. It is the only Oregon symbol not officially chosen by the Oregon Legislature.

About State Symbols

The Oregon Legislature designates state symbols (emblems), most of which are listed in Oregon Revised Statute 186. Some of the symbols, such as the state fossil Metasequoia, are unique to Oregon while others are shared with other states. For example, the Western Meadowlark, Oregon's state bird, is also recognized as the official state symbol by several other states. Even the iconic state animal, the beaver, is shared as a symbol with New York.

 

Alphabetical State Symbols
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