If you had my teacher, you learned that the mockingbird is the state bird of Texas, and you probably learned it on the first day of school. After all, my teacher’s loyalty was planted firmly Deep In The Heart, so to speak, and she had me convinced that I couldn’t go to Heaven if I didn’t know, respect, and love my state!
The only thing my teacher never told me was why, and, of course, I knew better than to ask way back then. Today, however, all grown up and with no fear of being though impudent, I’ve realized that never once in the past six decades has it dawned on me to wonder just how it is that the mockingbird was chosen for such a great honor. What I found was interesting enough for me to pass along to you.
First of all, as I might have expected, it was the women who got the ball rolling and had the mockingbird declared the state bird for three main reasons.
1. It is found in all parts of the state.
2. Its song is very distinctive.
3. And, most importantly, the mockingbird will stand and fight when its home is threatened, “falling, if need be, in its defense, like any true Texan.”
And that is why the mockingbird was made the state bird in 1927!
[S. C. R. No. 8.]
WHEREAS, the State of Texas at present has no State bird, and
WHEREAS, the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs has adopted appropriate resolutions on this subject, as follows:
SELECTION OF A STATE BIRD.
“WHEREAS, The Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs is supporting a program for the protection of birds and sponsors any legitimate movement that has for its object an increased interest in their economic and aesthetic value and a more intelligent and sympathetic understanding of our feathered friends; and
“WHEREAS, The committee on birds and flowers, after investigation and deliberation, thinks the time is opportune for the selection of a state bird; and
“WHEREAS, Ornithologists, musicians, educators and Texans in all walks of life unite in proclaiming the mocking bird the most approprate species foe the state bird of Texas, as it is found in all parts of the state, in winter and in summer, in the city and in the country, on the prairie and in the woods and hills, and is a singer of distinctive type, a fighter for the protection of his home, falling, if need be, in its defense, like any true Texan;
“Therefore BE IT RESOLVED, That the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs in convention assembled, go on record as naming the mocking bird the state bird of Texas, and asking that confirmation of such action be had at the approaching regular session of the 40th Legislature ;” therefore be it
RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING:
That the recommendation of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs be and are hereby adopted and that the mocking bird be and the same is hereby declared to be the state bird of Texas.
Approved by Governor, January 31, 1927.