Quiz: The fish, mammals, and birds found on the logos of 50 State agencies

Written by: Patrick Cooney

Have you ever noticed that across the United States of America there is little consistency in the naming of the State agencies responsible for managing fish, mammals, and birds?

The logos of the many State fish and wildlife agencies from across the United States of America. For larger pictures, scroll down.

They go by many names: Department, Division, Commission, Service, Agency, or Bureau.

They are responsible for many things: Fish, Fisheries, Game, Wildlife, Parks, Boats, Natural Resources, Conservation, Heritage, Tourism, Land, Freshwater, Saltwater, and/or Inland.

This diversity of naming gave rise to diverse logos that display some very unique animals.

Quiz

Write down the answers to these questions then look for the answers below. Let us know how many you got correct:

  1. Which fish appears most frequently in the logos of the 50 state agencies: Bass (largemouth, smallmouth, or Kentucky spotted), Salmonid (salmon or trout), Pickerel\Pike, Walleye, Snapper, Spotted Sea Trout, Striped Bass, or Weakfish
  2. Which mammal appears most frequently in the logos of the 50 state agencies: Bear (brown or black), Deer (whitetail, blacktail, or mule), Elk, Caribou, Bighorn Sheep, Raccoon, or Pronghorn
  3. Which bird appears most frequently in the logos of the 50 state agencies: Bald Eagle, Cardinal, Grouse, Gull, Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Duck, Goose, Iiwi, Swallow-tailed Kite, Quail, or Pheasant
  4. Overall, what appears most frequently: a Fish, Mammal, or Bird?
  5. How many states feature all three types of animals: a Fish, a Mammal, and a Bird?
  6. What is the only state to feature an invertebrate in their logo and what is the invertebrate?
  7. One logo features a drawing of a single animal that was harvested by agency biologists while out surveying moose? What animal and State does this refer to?
  8. What state agency logo features an extinct subspecies of animal and what is the animal?
  9. What two State agencies feature a raccoon and a smallmouth bass on their logo?
  10. What two State agencies feature a bird that was introduced to North America from Asia and what is the bird?
  11. How many states feature a bear in their logo?
  12. Which agency features a depiction of the farthest migrating land mammal (up to 3,000 miles)?
  13. How many states feature animals with horns?
  14. What state features a non-native fish that was purposely selected by the state hatchery system for a mutation that makes it a yellowish-golden color?
  15. What animal was removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in 1995 and is featured on six State agency logos?
  16. Which two agencies feature a boat in their logo?
  17. How many agencies feature the shape of their State in their logo?
  18. Is “Wildlife” or “Game” used more frequently in the agency names?
  19. Is “Fish” or “Fisheries” used more frequently in the agency names?
  20. Which of the following titles is used the most in the names of the State agencies: Agency, Division, Department, Commission, Service, or Bureau

Here is a table of all of the names and the frequency of their use of the State agencies, after eliminating the name of each State.  As you can see, there are 37 names used among the agencies. Please note that Pennsylvania is split into two agencies, and the agency for Washington, DC was also included, for a total of 52.  Names were used from this website.

Agency NameFrequency
Bureau of Natural Resources1
Department of Conservation1
Department of Environmental Management1
Department of Fish and Game2
Department of Fish and Wildlife4
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources1
Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks1
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries1
Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife1
Department of Land and Natural Resources1
Department of Natural Resources5
Department of Wildlife1
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries1
Department of Wildlife Conservation1
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks1
Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism1
Division of Fish and Wildlife5
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife1
Division of Natural Resources1
Division of Parks and Wildlife1
Division of Wildlife1
Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries1
Division of Wildlife Resources1
Fish and Boat Commission1
Fish and Game Department1
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission1
Fisheries/Wildlife Division1
Game and Fish Commission1
Game and Fish Department4
Game and Parks Commission1
Game Commission1
Game, Fish and Parks Department1
Parks and Wildlife Department1
Wildlife and Heritage Service1
Wildlife Resources Agency1
Wildlife Resources Commission1
Wildlife Resources Division1

Logos of each of the State fish and wildlife agencies of the United States of America

Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources logo
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
Missouri Department of Conservation
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Nevada Department of Wildlife
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
New Mexico Game and Fish Department
New York Division of Fish and Wildlife
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Ohio Division of Wildlife
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Pennsylvania Game Commission
Puerto Rico Departmento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
United States Virgin islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Washington, DC Fisheries/Wildlife Division Department of Energy & Environment
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Answers to the Quiz

  1. Which fish appears most frequently in the logos of the 50 state agencies: Bass (7) (largemouth, smallmouth, or Kentucky spotted), Salmonid (11) (salmon or trout), Pickerel\Pike (2), Walleye (1), Snapper (1), Spotted Sea Trout (1), Striped Bass (1), or Weakfish (1)
  2. Which mammal appears most frequently in the logos of the 50 state agencies: Bear (3) (brown or black), Deer (19) (whitetail, blacktail, or mule), Elk (2), Caribou (1), Bighorn Sheep (2), Raccoon (2), Pronghorn (1)
  3. Which bird appears most frequently in the logos of the 50 state agencies: Bald Eagle (6), Cardinal (1), Grouse (7), Gull (2), Hawk (1), Great Blue Heron (1), Duck (3), Goose (3), Iiwi (1), Swallow-tailed Kite (1), Quail (1), or Pheasant (2)
  4. Overall, what appears most frequently: Fish, Mammal, or Bird? Bird 34; Mammal 31; Fish 30
  5. How many states feature a Fish, a Mammal, and a Bird (all three)? 18
  6. What is the only state to feature an invertebrate in their logo and what is the invertebrate? Washington; Crab
  7. One logo features a drawing of an animal that was harvested by agency biologists while out surveying moose. What animal and State are they? Montana; Grizzly Bear
  8. What state agency logo features an extinct subspecies of animal and what is the animal? California; California Grizzly Bear
  9. What two State agencies feature a raccoon and a smallmouth bass on their logo? Missouri and Tennessee
  10. What two State agencies feature a bird that was introduced to North America from Asia and what is the bird? South Dakota, Nebraska; Pheasant
  11. How many states feature a bear in their logo? 3; California, New Mexico, Montana
  12. Which agency features a depiction of farthest migrating land mammal (up to 3,000 miles)? Alaska Department of Fish and Game; Caribou
  13. How many states feature animals with horns? 3; Nevada (bighorn sheep), Colorado (bighorn sheep), and Wyoming (Pronghorn…the only mammal that sheds its horns)
  14. What state features a non-native fish that was purposely selected by the state hatchery system for a mutation that makes it a yellowish-golden color? West Virginia Golden Rainbow Trout
  15. What animal was removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in 1995 and is featured on six State agency logos? Bald Eagle
  16. Which two agencies feature a boat in their logo? South Carolina and Mississippi
  17. How many agencies feature the shape of their State in their logo? 13
  18. Is “Wildlife” or “Game” used more frequently in the agency names? Wildlife is used 29 times, whereas Game is used 12 times
  19. Is “Fish” or “Fisheries” used more frequently in the agency names? Fish is used 22 times, whereas Fisheries is used 7 times
  20. Which of the following is used the most: Agency, Division, Department, Commission, Service, or Bureau; Department is the most used word (30 times), followed by Division (13), Commission (6), Service (1), Bureau (1), and Agency (1)

Let us know how you did on the quiz in the comments. Also, let us know if you come up with any questions of your own, or find any issues with our answers.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. David K says:

    An interesting blog post, thanks! One question: How many states have bifurcated fisheries management? For example, the Commonwealth of Virginia has both DGIF for freshwater fisheries and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) for saltwater. Massachusetts’ Division of Marine Fisheries is a similar division, I believe.

  2. Drew E Dittmer says:

    “Have you ever noticed that across the United States of America there is little consistency in the naming of the State agencies responsible for managing fish, mammals, and birds?”

    In your opening statement, you fail to note that nearly every state agency is also responsible for reptiles and amphibians. It is interesting that only one agency logo even has a reptile on it (and it’s not the logo of a US state).

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