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Near Waubay in Day County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Potholes and Prairie

 
 
Potholes and Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 14, 2018
1. Potholes and Prairie Marker
Inscription.  

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is in the Prairie Pothole Region-a region of the northern Great Plains where shallow wetlands, or potholes, are scattered about the prairie. About 10,000 years ago, glaciers scoured the landscape and gouged out millions of these basins. They filled with water as the glaciers melted. Today, this region is important habitat to over 50 percent of the continent's waterfowl.

A Haven for Wildlife
Prairie potholes are natural, shallow wetlands. Many are seasonal, going dry during the warmer months. These potholes are havens for wildlife and provide important water and food resources for hundreds of species.

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Ducks need grass to nest in. Grassland species, like these sharp-tailed grouse, also benefit from the conservation of grasslands and prairie potholes.

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Potholes dot this landscape. These wetlands replenish groundwater, filter nutrients and chemicals, and provide critical wildlife habitat.


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Many fire towers are a relic of the past. Fire is now used as a tool to manage grassland
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habitat. These prescribed fires help control invasive species and rejuvenate native prairie plants.


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Prairie plants are adapted to survive and even thrive after a fire, even wildfires. Maximillian sunflower is just one of hundreds of species of flowers and grasses that make up tallgrass prairie.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentNatural Features.
 
Location. 45° 25.524′ N, 97° 19.76′ W. Marker is near Waubay, South Dakota, in Day County. Marker is on Waubay Refuge Entrance Road. The marker is two miles over the causeway from the park entrance off 466th ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waubay SD 57273, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saving Men and Beasts (here, next to this marker); A Room with a View (here, next to this marker); Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Changes on the Land (approx. ¾ mile away); Waubay Wetland Management District (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Waubay National Wildlife Refuge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chief Bluedog (approx. 2.2 miles away); Roberts County / Day County South Dakota (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waubay.
Potholes and Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 14, 2018
2. Potholes and Prairie Marker
 
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, October 14, 2018
3. Waubay National Wildlife Refuge Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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