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Near South Pass City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Meadows in the Sage

 
 
Meadows in the Sage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2016
1. Meadows in the Sage Marker
Inscription. With spring, the meadow grasses and broad-leafed plants, called forbs, emerge green and succulent. Antelope, mule deer, and elk wintering south and west of here return each spring to the green grass and forb meadows found in the sagebrush desert and stream bottoms near the base of the Wind River Mountains.
These small green plants provide life-giving nutrients crucial to the last developmental stages of the embryo. Once born, the heath and survival of the fawn or calf depends on the amount and quality of milk provided by the mother, which in turn depends on her intake of this succulent green feed.
Forbs and grasses also provide the moist conditions necessary for insect production. Insect production in the sagebrush and meadows are highest in May and June. Almost all bird life requires insect food to produce eggs and young. The newly hatched birds must consume large amounts of insects to acquire enough protein and calcium for their rapid growth.
Shrubs, such as sagebrush, provide fall and winter feed as well as yearlong cover for wildlife in this country. And so, it is the grass and forb meadows scattered throughout the sagebrush lands that are an important part of the special formula helping to keep Wyoming's wild lands abundant with wildlife.
 
Erected by Wyoming Fish and
Meadows in the Sage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2016
2. Meadows in the Sage Marker
Game Department.
 
Location. 42° 22.956′ N, 108° 53.844′ W. Marker is near South Pass City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Dickinson Avenue (State Highway 28), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 2.8 miles away); Old Oregon Trail (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 2.8 miles away); Oregon Buttes (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lander Cut-Off on the Oregon Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pacific Springs (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named South Pass (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in South Pass City.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the South Pass Rest Area, just north of where Wyoming 28 crosses the Sweetwater River.
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Sagebrush Meadow image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2016
3. Sagebrush Meadow
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016.
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