Near Black Earth in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Springtime brings a gala display as the yellow marsh marigold and blue flags bloom to a chorus of frogs and toads amid the humps of grass-like tussock sedges. During the summer the meadow is a favorite nesting spot for many small song birds such as the marsh wren and song sparrow.
In contrast to the planted acreage across the road, the diverse lowland plants here provide a variety of cover and food for deer, pheasants and many butterflies. Maintaining remaining wetland areas such as this one is a key to preserving our native wildlife.
An interesting tall plant found here and farther up Highway JJ is the teasel. Its thistle-like heads have been used for centuries to comb wool fibers. Perhaps a fuller once lived near here -- a person whose profession was cleaning and thickening fabrics.
Erected 1976 by the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Black Earth WI 53515, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Patrons' Mercantile Co-op (approx. 1.9 miles away); Peculiar Corners (approx. 3.1 miles away); Elvers Corner (approx. 3½ miles away); Festge Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Train Wreck of 1906 (approx. 4.7 miles away); Lynch and Walker Flouring Mill (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Turntable, The Engine House, The Water Tower (approx. 4.7 miles away); Crescent Street Factories, Mazomanie Blacksmiths, Coal Buildings (approx. 4.7 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers in the Dane County Natural History Marker System.
Categories. • Environment • Natural Features • Natural Resources • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on October 17, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 13, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.