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Bergen in Genesee County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bergen Swamp

 
 
Bergen Swamp Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, October 24, 2020
1. Bergen Swamp Marker Reverse
Inscription.  Formed over 20,000 years ago as the result of glaciation Home of rare plants, birds and animals. A National Historical National Landmark

Logo Text:
Genesee Forever * 1802-2002
 
Erected 2002 by Genesee County Bicentenial.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 43° 5.476′ N, 77° 58.591′ W. Marker is in Bergen, New York, in Genesee County. Marker is on West Sweden Road ¼ mile from Swamp Road (County Route 6), on the right when traveling north. The marker is located at a nature trail head. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6683 Sweden Road, Bergen, NY, Bergen NY 14416, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. C.E. Housel Home (approx. 1.8 miles away); Village of Bergen (approx. 1.8 miles away); Town of Bergen (approx. 1.8 miles away); Bergen Village (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dr. M. Townsend (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ward Park
Bergen Swamp Marker Obverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, October 24, 2020
2. Bergen Swamp Marker Obverse
(approx. 2.3 miles away); Bergen Museum (approx. 3.1 miles away); Byron Museum (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bergen.
 
Regarding Bergen Swamp. The Bergen Swamp is about 2,000 acres in Byron and Bergen. The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Website says, "The Bergen Swamp is a remnant of the ancient glacial Lake Tonawanda. It includes northern white cedar forest, pine-hemlock forest, and beech-maple deciduous forest. The site supports a high diversity of plants, with a total of 2,392 species identified, and is especially known for its orchids. Many of the plants are rare or endangered. The habitat is unique in New York State and rare nationally."

The site goes on to say, "The site is also rich in breeding birds and has a variety of species that don't breed elsewhere in the Lake Ontario plain. These include boreal species such as the Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, Alder Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Canada Warbler, and Purple Finch. Five species of breeding owls are present: the Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Barred, Long­eared, and Northern Sawwhet Owls. In addition, the following
Bergen Swamp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, October 24, 2020
3. Bergen Swamp Marker
The edge of the Bergen Swamp can be seen in the distance.
at-risk species are confirmed breeders: the American Bittern, Willow Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, and Canada Warbler."

See more about the swamp at:

Genesee County Chamber of Commerce: https://visitgeneseeny.com/destinations/bergen-swamp

and the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society: https://bergenswamp.org/
 
Bergen Swamp Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, October 24, 2020
4. Bergen Swamp Marker Reverse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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