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Near Lake City in Marshall County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

This Fort is for the Birds

 
 
This Fort is for the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
1. This Fort is for the Birds Marker
Inscription.
The prairie pothole lakes region that surrounds Fort Sisseton is a haven for birds. Birds and waterfowl were found in abundance when the military arrived at Fort Sisseton. In 1868 and 1869, Fort surgeon Dr. B. Knickerbocker recorded 44 species of birds on the military reservation. He even saw two rare species of birds while they nested - migratory Trumpeter Swans and Sandhill Cranes.

Today, birders can witness several species of waterfowl including Double Breasted Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Pelicans, Canada Geese and a great variety of ducks. Other birds common to South Dakota that can be found on the Coteau des Prairie include Warblers, White and Red-Breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Red-Tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles.
 
Location. 45° 39.401′ N, 97° 32.319′ W. Marker is near Lake City, South Dakota, in Marshall County. Marker is on 434th Ave. near 118th Stret. Touch for map. This marker is 1/2 mile from the main post to the west. This marker is 1/4 mile from the post cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11907 434th Ave,, Lake City SD 57247, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post Cemetery (approx. mile away); Bulldozing the Landscape (approx. mile away);
This Fort is for the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, April 12, 2016
2. This Fort is for the Birds Marker
Wealth of Wildlife (approx. 0.3 miles away); Officers' Quarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Commanding Officer's Quarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); Adjutants Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Doctor's Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Magazine (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake City.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Sisseton State Historic Park. (Submitted on February 4, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, December 6, 2015
3. Fort Sisseton State Historic Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 4, 2017, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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