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BirdNote: What's Your State Bird?

Copyright Terence Faircloth
A monument in Salt Lake City, Utah.

All states have an official bird, usually one that's associated with its particular region. Many state birds are quite common, although Hawaii's chosen bird, the Nene, a type of goose, is endangered. The bird chosen by the most states - seven - is the Northern Cardinal, followed by the Western Meadowlark, picked by six. Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin chose the American Robin. The California Gull saved the Mormons' first harvest in Utah and is commemorated by this monument in Salt Lake City.

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Broadcast on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

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