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Town of Burke in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Token Creek Sedge Meadow Trail

Token Creek Sedge Meadow Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
March 13, 2018
1. Token Creek Sedge Meadow Trail Marker

This half-mile trail loops through a colorful meadow along Token Creek, a tributary of the upper Yahara River. Supporting the lush vegetation are deep, alkaline peat deposits which formed when the drainage of the river was blocked, probably as the glaciers melted ten to twenty thousand years ago.

Dredging of the creek in the 1930’s significantly lowered the water level around its basin. One result was that water-loving sedges have been replaced by prairie-like plants such as the lavender asters, sunflowers and goldenrods seen blooming in late summer. Another common invader of drained lowlands is aspen, the original saplings have now spread into thickets of trees from a network of underground stems.

When pussy willows sprout in spring, watch for the “sky dance” of woodcocks in open areas in the meadow. This robin-sized bird with a long bill repeats a loud “beep” or “peent” sound from the ground. After a few minutes, it flies slowly upward in a wide spiral, making twittering and warbling sounds. Then it drops suddenly to the ground and begins the performance again.

One of the summer flowers is the tall,
Token Creek Sedge Meadow Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
circa March 13, 2018
2. Token Creek Sedge Meadow Trail Marker
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square-steamed cup plant. Each pair of leaves catches rain water where they join around the stem. As fall approaches, look for the bushy succulent-looking jewelweed. It has tiny seed pods that explode when touched. In the winter notice the animal “roads” in the snow, winding through the meadow. Winter is also a good time to learn shrub identification by observing the buds.
Erected 1977 by Dane County Natural History Marker System.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationEnvironmentHorticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 43° 11.132′ N, 89° 19.167′ W. Marker is in Town of Burke, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on Token Creek Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: De Forest WI 53532, 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. Token Creek (approx. 1½ miles away); Maureen Mengelt Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); First Rural Free Delivery in Wisconsin (approx. 4 miles away); Site of the First Well in DeForest (approx. 4.3 miles away); The De Forest Depot (approx. 4.3 miles away); De Forest Centennial
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(approx. 4.4 miles away); Our Bell (approx. 4.4 miles away); Reindahl Memorial Park (approx. 4.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2022. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 19, 2022.   2. submitted on January 27, 2022. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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