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While working as a wildlife biologist in Alaska, my love affair with animals took a whimsical turn when I began researching state symbols, including state birds, mammals, etc. I then began researching national symbols before I began to survey the larger realm of symbolic flora and fauna.

My research evolved into GeoSymbols, which is by far the most ambitious website of its kind (and the most popular of Geobop’s websites). Rather than simply list a jurisdiction’s symbols, I attempt to relate the stories behind them and explain their significance. I’m even critical of some symbols in keeping with Geobop’s vision statement, Nurturing Fearless Thinkers.

Whether you want to delve into the debate swirling around the Pledge of Allegiance or the United States’ national motto (I prefer the original E pluribus unum) or simply want to know what South Dakota’s state flower is, GeoSymbols has the answers, along with plenty of questions.

GeoSymbols is organized into several main sections. Most general topics are discussed in the Topics section, while items related to specific places (nations, states, etc.) are recorded in the World section. There is also a Reference section.

GeoSymbols was the first website of its kind, yet it is still evolving. There may be more than a thousand state symbols alone! Factor in national symbols, and we’re talking a lifetime project, one that can never be truly finished.