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Orin in Converse County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Cottonwoods: Homes Along the Prairie River

Wyoming’s Wildlife

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
1. Cottonwoods: Homes Along the Prairie River Marker
Inscription.
Take a good look at those big old trees down along the river. You know, the ones with the big limbs and huge trunks. Those old cottonwoods are special trees. They have grown tall with their roots spreading as grand as their limbs. Their roots reach down to the water level and help hold the river bank soil, keeping it from washing away during heavy spring flows. Grass grows tall and lush where the cottonwoods hold the soil. Along these grassy river banks, wildlife flourishes.

A variety of birds nest and raise their young in the mighty old cottonwoods. Bald eagles nest in the strongest branches above the riffles where fish spawn. Old, dead limbs, where wood is soft, becomes home to woodpeckers, like the northern flicker. Other birds like finches and wrens live in the abandoned woodpecker holes. Other birds nest in the willows and buffaloberry bushes that grow beneath the cottonwoods. Look closely and you might see a yellow-billed cuckoo, brown thrasher, robin or several mourning doves. A Merriam’s turkey may make its nest on the forest floor. In all, more than 150 species of birds nest in the healthy cottonwood forest – from the forest floor all the way up to the top of the trees. The variety of bird species occurs because of the lush growth and variety of plants present in this forest.

Birds are not the only critters
Cottonwoods: Homes Along the Prairie River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
2. Cottonwoods: Homes Along the Prairie River Marker
which make their home in the cottonwood forest. Fox squirrel, white-tail deer, opossum, raccoon, beaver and mink also live here. The old cottonwood forests, where they stand tall and strong, are important parts of a formula, making “Wyoming’s Wildlife – Worth the Watching.”
 
Erected by State of Wyoming.
 
Location. 42° 39.347′ N, 105° 12.045′ W. Marker is in Orin, Wyoming, in Converse County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 18, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Orin Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Douglas WY 82633, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Bridger’s Ferry (approx. 2 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 10.8 miles away); Great Northern Railway (GN) Sleeping Car (approx. 11.8 miles away); Union Pacific Railroad (UP) Double Deck Stock Car (approx. 11.8 miles away); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) Dining Car (approx. 11.9 miles away); Union Pacific Railroad Baggage Car (approx. 11.9 miles away); Fairmont Motor Car (approx. 11.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Cottonwoods: Homes Along the Prairie River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 26, 2015
3. Cottonwoods: Homes Along the Prairie River Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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