Sandee from Pine Island, Minnesota sent me this card.
Pine Island is a small town,
in early 1900's it was known as the "Cheese Capital of the World".
Thank you Sandee!
Common Loon ( Amerikanjääkuikka - Gavia immer ) is the bird symbol of Minnesota.
The Common Loon was adopted as the official state bird symbol of Minnesota in 1961. Loons are known for their cries, wails, and yodels - their eerie, echoing calls are a distinctive feature of Minnesota’s northern lakes
In Finland we have two Gavia- birds: Arctic Loon or Black-throated divers - Gavia arctica ( kuikka ) and Red-throated Loon - Gavia stellata ( kaakkuri ), they look much the same as Gavia immer.