Site #2: Bird Mound #1

© Photographed July 19, 2015
Whitewater, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
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Site #2: Bird Mound #1
This effigy mound is known as "Bird type." This mound is unique in that the wings of the bird are swept back along the body. Most of the bird mounds found in Wisconsin have the wings stretched out at 90 degree angles to the bird's body. The other Bird Mound in this group (site #10) is of the more commonly found type.

As you look South, you can clearly see the left (your right) wing of the bird near the pathway. The right wing (your left) of the bird is cut short. The rest of the wing is outside the property boundary, and was flatened when the land was a farm field. The head is completely lost and has been for some time. Charles Brown, when surveying this group, did not find the head. The Mound Group was remeasured in 1989. Here are the two measurements:
Brown Survey (1920)
Body- 57'  Shoulders- 74'
L wing- 57'. R wing- 52' 
Body width- 24'

Johns Stekel Survey (1989)
Base-wing tip; 100'
The marker is located at Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve, located on southbound South Indian Mound Parkway, south of its intersection with Old Highway 12 and at its T-intersection with Wildwood Road, at or near 288 South Indian Mound Parkway, Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190.

GazetteXtra (April 30, 2011): Whitewater hopes to restore historical effigy mounds

Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve Map (PDF)

Follow this path to the effigy mounds and markers.

The entrance to Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The marker is located at the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve.

The preserve is located inside the residential community
of Mound Park Acres in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

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