Saturday, May 9, 2020

New York’s state symbols: how many can you identify?

Did you know that garnet is the official mineral of New York State? Or that the nine spotted lady beetle, or ladybug, is the official insect? These natural symbols celebrate some of what makes New York a special place to live. Learn about all 11 Symbols of New York and then play a game of I Spy the next time you head outside to #recreatelocal. How many of the 11 symbols can you find?

Symbols of New York:Juvenile snapping turtle

  • New York State Bird – Bluebird
  • New York State Mammal – Beaver
  • New York State Reptile – Snapping Turtle
  • New York State Fresh Water Fish – Brook Trout
  • New York State Saltwater Fish – Striped Bass
  • New York State Tree – Sugar Maple
  • New York State Wildflower – Rose
  • New York State Insect – Ladybug
  • New York State Mollusk – Bay Scallop
  • New York State Fossil – Eurypterid
  • New York State Mineral – Garnet

Visit DEC’s Kids GO (Get Outside) nature activities page for more fun activities to help you and your family recreate locally or simply learn more about New York’s outdoors. Great for kids of all ages, these resources have been designed by our education experts to help you and your family have fun, stay safe, and learn more about the outdoors.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.


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