“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Yorktown in York County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

York River Ecosystem

York River Ecosystem Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 20, 2013
1. York River Ecosystem Marker
Inscription. Plants and animals in the York River and its watershed provide many ecosystem services. Forests reduce sediment runoff and excess nutrients, and provide nesting sites for bald eagles, osprey, and herons. Underwater grass beds sustain the young of striped bass, blue crabs, and other aquatic species. Grass beds and tidal marshes also reduce shoreline erosion, particularly during storms. Plankton, tiny floating plants and animals, sustain the fish and shellfish that people like to eat. Development in the watershed, that removes natural buffers and allows sediment runoff, threatens to undermine the healthy workings of this intricate web.

The York River watershed contains more than 250 species of fish, 190 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 36 species of reptiles, and 26 species of amphibians. In the warm months, the York River is home to sea turtles and marine mammals, including bottlenose dolphins, which are protected by federal law.
Erected 2010 by York County.
Location. 37° 14.286′ N, 76° 30.453′ W. Marker is in Yorktown, Virginia, in York County. Marker can be reached from Water Street west of Ballard Street (Virginia Route 1020), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located
Yorktown's Riverwalk image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Yorktown's Riverwalk
along Yorktown's Riverwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Yorktown VA 23690, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The York River (here, next to this marker); Kiskiack (a few steps from this marker); Kiskiak Indians (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia Institute of Marine Science (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Yorktown (within shouting distance of this marker); Seat of the County of York (within shouting distance of this marker); Heavy Artillery at Yorktown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wars & Yorktown (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yorktown.
More about this marker. Photos courtesy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Blue Crab by Stephen Salpuka; Osprey by Jon Lucy.
Categories. AnimalsEnvironmentWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 240 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 21, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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