Wildland Diversity - Dwyer Junction, WY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 42° 14.053 W 105° 01.182
13T E 498374 N 4675782
Quick Description: A Wyoming's Wildlife marker stands along the sidewalk in front of the Dwyer Junction Rest Area, well north of Wheatland, noting that, yes, believe it or not, there is a diversity of wildlife to be found in the mountains in the area.
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 5/31/2020 9:09:34 PM
Waymark Code: WM12HNP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Long Description:
This is actually one of two identical markers here: The other stands among a few trees at the southwestern section of the rest area. The marker has an inset of an eagle, and the emblem of Wyoming's Wildlife -- "Worth the Watching" -- in the lower left corner. It reads:

The Laramie Mountains provide a striking contrast for those traveling through the primarily flat to rolling prairies of southeastern Wyoming. Mountains are important to wildlife in Wyoming. As you go up in elevation, the average annual temperature declines, and the average annual precipitation increases. The rugged terrain in the mountains provides south-facing slopes that get an abundance of sunlight, and north-facing slopes that get very little. As you travel, take note of the fact that most trees grow on the north slope, where snow accumulates and soil moisture lasts longer. Rough, rugged terrain provides a variety of holes, cracks and crevices which can be used by animals as dens or nesting areas, and places out of the wind where soil accumulates and different plants can grow. These, in turn, attract a variety of animals. A greater variety of habitats or homes means a greater variety of animals.

Contrasting vegetation, topography and large wide-open spaces make Wyoming a home to over 600 species of wildlife which are "Worth the Watching".

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In the lower left corner, the shield of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department is accompanied by "'Wyoming's Wildlife -- Worth the Watching' is funded in a large part through interest earned from the Wildlife Trust Account."
Marker Name: Wildland Diversity

Marker Type: City

Group Responsible for Placement: Wyoming's Wildlife

Addtional Information: Not listed

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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