The state bird of Utah is the California Gull, the scientific name of which is Larus californicus. It was selected as such by legislature in 1955 and written into the Utah Code.
The California Gull is a pearly blue bird about 2 feet in length. The story behind the selection of this gull as the state bird is that in 1848, the crops in Utah were being devoured by crickets, as told by Pioneer, Utah's online library. Try as they might, farmers were unable to stop the crickets from attacking the crops. However, these gulls swooped in and ate the crickets, which salvaged the crops and, in effect, saved the Salt Lake City townsfolk from starvation.Learn More
While Iowa does not have a state animal, the state does have a state bird, the Eastern Goldfinch. Iowa is one of five states in the United States that, as of 2014, does not have an official state animal.Full Answer >
The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne, which is located in the south-easternmost county in the state, Laramie County. It is the most-populous city in Wyoming.Full Answer >
Montana became a state on Nov. 8, 1889. Known as the Treasure State, Montana was the 41st state admitted to the Union, preceded by South Dakota and followed by Washington.Full Answer >
The state of California covers a very large land area and has many different climates in different parts of the state. Coastal climates are generally considered Mediterranean and weather is generally mild through much of the rest of the state, but the state does also contain extreme climates in desert and mountain areas.Full Answer >