When it became a state-September 9th 1850
Bird-California Valley Quail
Sports Teams-Anaheim Ducks (NHL) Golden State Warriors (NBA) LA Dodgers (MLB) LA Kings (NHL) San Jose Sharks (NHL) San Diego Chargers (NFL) San Diego Padres (MLB)
San Diego Zoo
Long mountainous coastline, central valley, Sierra Nevada on the east, southern desert basins, rugged mountains in the north.
I think California would be a perfect state to visit or live in because it has many things to do and it has warm weather.