Make a checklist with these ‘official’ state items

I enjoy making lists and also reading a list. They give me a sense of order. They are usually short and to

Bill Wakefield

the point and I like the feeling of accomplishment when I get to check an item off the list.

The state of Missouri has adopted a long list of official items. As you travel throughout the state it might be interesting to find some of the various state official items on the list and check them off.  

This information may also be useful for any trivia contest.  

State Bird — The Native Bluebird

Why not watch the official state bird from your own backyard. Install a couple of proper-sized nesting boxes, have fresh water and a supply of wax worms or meal worms for them to eat and maybe these delicate and pretty birds will find your backyard.

State Insect — The Honey Bee

The honey bee is one of the most important insects in Missouri as a pollinator and as a source of sweet-tasting honey.

They can be attracted to your backyard by planting a selection of flowers. A list of flowers that attracts bees include Catmint, Calendula, Bee Balm, Sedum, Lavender, Borage, Foxglove, Crocus, Anise Hyssop and Heliotrope.  

Besides honey bees, these flowers also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  

State Rock — The Mozarkite

The mozarkite rock can easily be found around Lincoln, Missouri. Mozarkite is a variety of chert nicknamed for Missouri and the Ozarks where it is found. 

It usually has some pink and polishes well. It is also the Missouri state gemstone. Look in ditches, road cuts and on boulders. 

Bring the typical tools like rock hammers and heavier hammers and picks (with safety glasses and gloves).

State Mineral — The Galena

Galena is dark gray in color and breaks into small cubes. Mining of galena has flourished in the Joplin-Granby area of southwest Missouri and rich deposits have been located in such places as Crawford, Washington, Iron and Reynolds counties.

State Fossil — The Crinoid

Crinoids are an ancient species that is hundreds of millions of years old. The sea lily, as it is commonly referred to, is a marine animal.

This fossil can be found along the road cuts and creekbeds that dot the Columbia area and the Grindstone Nature Area.  

Other places to find fossils in the area include Rockhill Park and the quarry at the Cosmopolitan Recreation Area, the Pinnacles State Park and Three Creeks State Park. 

State Tree — The Flowering Dogwood

The flowering dogwood tree can be seen throughout Missouri. Charleston Missouri, holds the Dogwood-Azalea Festival annually on the 3rd weekend of April when “Charleston becomes a blooming wonderland.” This would make a great weekend trip.

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