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State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Animal: Grizzly Bear
State Fish: Golden Trout
State Marine Fish: The garibaldi
State Marine Mammal: California gray whale
State Insect: The California dogface butterfly
Flower: Golden Poppy
Tree: California Redwood
State Song: "I Love You, California", written by F.B. Silverwood
State Gem: Benitoite
State Rock: Serpentine
State Fossil: The sabre-tooth cat
State Dance: West Coast Swing Dancing
State Folk Dance: Square Dancing
State Reptile: Desert Tortoise
State Theater: The Pasadena Playhouse
State Mineral: Gold
Motto: Eureka! (Greek word meaning "I have found it").
Origin of State Name: The name was probably derived from a popular Spanish novel published in 1510 which described a fictional island paradise named California.
Nickname for State: The Golden State The nickname refers to the gold rush, which played a central role in California's entry into the Union.
Nickname for residents: Californians