We've added the state of Vermont to our State Birdorable Birds series. The official state bird of Vermont is the Hermit Thrush.

State Birdorable of Vermont: the Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrushes are known to breed in all of Vermont's counties. Most birds leave the state for warmer climates to the south after breeding season, but each year a few hardy Hermit Thrushes are found in Vermont during the winter (often during the Christmas Bird Count).

The Hermit Thrush was named the official state bird of Vermont in 1941. Apparently during the debate over naming the state bird, some legislators favored other birds, including the Blue Jay, which is resident year-round in Vermont. Also mentioned were "crow" and flying squirrel. Yep, a non-bird was floated as a possible official state bird to represent Vermont!

Florida Schools Elect the Osprey as New State Bird

The U.S. presidential election was not the only important election yesterday. Fourth through eight-graders across the state of Florida voted Tuesday and named the Osprey the new Florida state bird. This was announced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission today. If the state Legislature and Governor Charlie Crist approve a bill to be introduced by the Conservation Commission in 2009, the Osprey will replace the Mockingbird, which has been Florida's state bird since 1927.

The Osprey, a powerful bird of prey known for its exceptional fishing capabilities, symbolizes strength, resilience, and freedom. With its keen eyesight and precision, the Osprey can dive at remarkable speeds to catch fish, making it a master of its domain. This bird's adaptability and widespread presence throughout Florida's coasts and waterways reflect the state's diverse ecosystems and the importance of preserving natural habitats.

On the other hand, the Mockingbird, the current holder of the title, is celebrated for its melodious songs and mimicry skills. This small yet bold bird can mimic the songs of other birds, insects, and even mechanical sounds, showcasing an incredible auditory diversity. The Mockingbird's adaptability to different environments and its role as a symbol of creativity and communication have made it a fitting emblem for Florida for nearly a century.

While both birds hold unique qualities that could represent Florida, this election brings to light a broader conversation about conservation, environmental education, and the role of symbols in our society. The initiative to involve young students in the decision-making process not only educates them about the importance of biodiversity but also empowers them to have a say in the environmental legacy of their state.

As we await the decision from the state Legislature and Governor Charlie Crist, it's an opportune time to reflect on what these birds represent to us and how they contribute to Florida's rich natural heritage. Perhaps there are other birds that Floridians feel connected to or believe would serve as a better representative. Florida is home to a vast array of bird species, each with its unique characteristics and contributions to the ecosystem. From the vibrant and sociable Flamingo to the elusive and serene Snowy Egret, the possibilities are as diverse as the state's landscapes.

Which bird do you like best as the state bird of Florida? The Osprey, Mockingbird or perhaps another bird?

Celebrate Your State Pride with Birdorable's State Bird Series!

Birdorable is thrilled to announce a delightful new series that's bound to capture the hearts of bird lovers and state pride enthusiasts alike! Our latest collection features the charming state birds of the U.S., each rendered in our signature Birdorable style. Imagine the Northern Mockingbird, symbolizing both Florida and Texas, the serene Common Loon of Minnesota, and the adorable Chickadee of Massachusetts, all brought to life with a cute and cartoonish flair that's unmistakably Birdorable. Each bird is set against a backdrop of its respective state flag.

This unique blend of avian cuteness and state pride makes our new series a perfect way to show your love for your state and its feathered ambassador. Whether you're a birdwatcher, a backyard birder, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of these creatures, our state bird series offers something special for you. Imagine wearing a T-shirt with a Birdorable rendition of your state bird, or sipping your morning coffee from a mug adorned with one of these adorable designs. It's a way to bring a piece of your state's natural beauty into your daily life, while also enjoying the playful and heartwarming style that Birdorable is known for.

The Northern Mockingbird, with its mimicking prowess and spirited song, represents the diverse cultures and vibrant music scenes of Florida and Texas. The Common Loon, symbolizing Minnesota, calls to mind serene lakes and wilderness, echoing the state's love for outdoor adventures. And the Chickadee, Maine's pride, reflects the state's rugged coasts and dense forests, a testament to nature's resilience and beauty. Each bird, with its unique qualities and significance, tells a story about its state..

We're excited to expand this series and bring even more state birds to life in the Birdorable style. Whether you're from the rolling prairies of Nebraska, the icy expanses of Alaska, or the bustling streets of New York, we want to hear from you! Your state bird could be next to receive the Birdorable treatment, complete with its state flag waving proudly in the background. And we're not stopping there — we're open to all sorts of fun and creative design ideas that celebrate birds and the joy they bring into our lives.

If you have a favorite state bird you'd like to see in our collection, or if you have any other bird-themed design ideas, we'd love to hear from you. Your input could inspire the next adorable addition to our shop, so don't hesitate to reach out and share your thoughts with us. Together, we can continue to celebrate the beauty and diversity of birds in the most Birdorable way possible.

Check out our current lineup of state bird designs and find your state's feathered friend in adorable style. Who knows? You might just find the perfect Birdorable product to express your state pride and love for birds. Join us in this exciting avian adventure!