“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Stoughton in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Yahara River

Yahara River Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 25, 2010
1. Yahara River Marker
Inscription. Small rivers provide some of the most diverse wildlife habitat in Dane County. This site alone offers a wide assortment of terrestrial and aquatic niches -- dry sand, wet mud, shady forests, cattail marshes, sedge meadows, bushes and brambles, shallow pools and the river itself.

If you do not actually spot a muskrat, deer, possum, skunk or raccoon, many signs along the shore tell the story of the river's denizens. Crayfish build miniature mud castles, while beavers and muskrats burrow holes in the bank. Clams leave furrows in the sand, and their empty shells dot the shore. Giant herons and other predatory birds leave a white-wash in trees.

Two hydrological cycles have produced this rich biological diversity. In the seasonal cycle, the river deposits new soil across the flood plain as the banks overflow with spring rains and melting snow. As water volume shrinks in the summer, new land is exposed to invading plants. Temporary ponds become breeding sites for insects, fish, frogs and toads. The meander cycle created the loop in the Yahara river here. As the main current whips back and forth, it cuts the bank in one place and deposits soil in another. Over the years, this process also creates small lakes and a variety of wetlands.

The river is forever varying the landscape. Look for new trees
Yahara River Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 25, 2010
2. Yahara River Marker
sprouting on exposed mud or sand, and old trees falling in where the river swings back and undercuts its banks.
Erected 1977 by the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 42° 51.663′ N, 89° 10.269′ W. Marker was in Stoughton, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker was on County Highway N half a mile west of Hannerville Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The concrete footings for the marker are still there, but the marker itself is missing. A neighbor said he heard a car had hit it and that the county had come and taken it away. Marker was in this post office area: Stoughton WI 53589, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Village of Cooksville / Village of Waucoma (approx. 3.8 miles away); East Park Historic District (approx. 4.4 miles away); Main Street Historic District (approx. 4.5 miles away); Stoughton (approx. 4.6 miles away); Albion Academy (approx. 5.3 miles away); Sterling North (approx. 5.3 miles away); Wisconsin's Tobacco Land (approx. 5.8 miles away); Bovre Congregation (approx. 7.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stoughton.
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Yahara River image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 25, 2010
3. Yahara River
Cattail marshes are in the foreground, with mud flats, sedges and grasses, the Yahara River, and the forest in the background.
here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of other Dane County Natural History markers.
Categories. Environment
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 734 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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