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  • The male deer, or buck, grow antlers each year. These Antlers are used as weapons during mating season and then are shed. The female deer is called a doe. Doe can give birth to twins or even triplets per season, if well fed. A baby deer is called a fawn (shown left). There is a large deer population in Pennsylvania. Deer were very important to the survival of settlers and Indian tribes. Deer were used as food and buckskin.
  • Mountain Laurel is an evergreen shrub. It has leathery leaves which are poisonous to livestock. During the middle of June, the mountain laurel are in full bloom with large clusters of pink or white flowers. Laurel symbolizes victory and merit.
  • The Pennsylvania Ruffed Grouse,sometimes called the partridge, is a plump reddish-brown bird with feathered legs. The coloring makes it possible for the ruffed grouse to hide in the wilds. The grouse is known for the drumming sound that is made by the males to attract a mate.
  • The Hemlock is the most typical tree in Pennsylvania forests. It was used by the early settlers to build their log cabins. The hemlock offers shelter from the weather and homes for many animals. The Hemlock is an evergreen tree that has small cones and short dark leaves. Since Hemlocks do not lose their needles, they symbolize faith in immortality.
  • The Great Dane was a hunting breed that changed to a working breed. Pennsylvania was a hunting Commonwealth that became a leading working community. The Great Dane came from England just as did William Penn, the founder of this Commonwealth. The Great Dane is pictured in a painting in the Governor's reception room by Pennsylvania artist Violet Oakley as the "Best Friend" of William Penn. Naming an official dog would recognize the service and loyalty of all dogs in Pennsylvania.
  • This is the only trout native to Pennsylvania. They are found in small cold mountain streams and lakes and spring fed limestone streams.
  • Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the US in milk production, butter production, Italian cheese production, and ice cream production. Pennsylvania Dairy cows produce more than 10 billion pounds of milk every year. There are 639,000 milk cows on 10,200 dairy farms. Americans eat about 7.7 pounds of mozzarella cheese (pizza topping)per person per year. They also eat about 13 quarts of ice cream per person per year.
  • A firefly or lightning bug is a small beetle. They give off heatless flashes of green-yellow to red-yellow light. These flashes, called bioluminous light, are signals to attract a mate. Fireflies eat snails and worms.

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  • 1. IF OUR STATE SYMBOLS COULD TALK LEARN MORE ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA’S STATE SYMBOLS
  • 2. I am a white-tailed deer. I am also the state animal of Pennsylvania. Since I am a baby deer, I am called a fawn. A male deer is called a buck, and a female deer is called a doe. There is a large deer population in Pennsylvania. Deer were important to the survival of settlers and Indian tribes. Deer were used as food and buckskin. white-tailed deer
  • 3. I am Pennsylvania’s state flower, the mountain laurel. I have leathery leaves which are poisonous to livestock. During the middle of June, the mountain laurel are in full bloom with large clusters of pink or white flowers. mountain laurel
  • 4. I am a ruffed grouse. I am lucky to be Pennsylvania’s state bird. Some people call me the partridge. I am reddish brown with feathery legs. I am also known for making a drumming sound which helps to attract a mate. ruffed grouse
  • 5. I am a hemlock tree, the state tree of Pennsylvania. Early settlers used hemlocks to build their log cabins. I can offer shelter from the weather for many animals. I am an evergreen tree with small cones and short dark leaves. I do not lose my needles. hemlock tree
  • 6. Do you know what type of dog I am? If you said the Great Dane, you’re right! I am the state dog of Pennsylvania. I was a hunting breed, but now I am a working breed. I represent the service and loyalty of all dogs in Pennsylvania. great dane
  • 7. The brook trout is the state fish of Pennsylvania…that’s me! I am the only trout native to Pennsylvania. I am usually found in small, cold mountain streams and lakes. brook trout
  • 8. Many of you enjoy a nice cold glass of milk, but did you know that I am the official state drink of Pennsylvania? Here’s a neat fact about milk…Pennsylvania’s dairy cows produce more than 10 billion pounds of milk every year! milk
  • 9. Did you know the firefly is the official insect of Pennsylvania? Some people call me a lightning bug. I am really a small beetle who gives off flashes of green-yellow to red-yellow light. These flashes are used to attract a mate. I like to eat snails and worms. firefly
  • 10. Did you enjoy learning about Pennsylvania’s symbols? There are even more symbols for Pennsylvania. Perhaps you can also find out information about them. Thanks for learning about some symbols of your great state…Pennsylvania!