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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While at their winter Camp at Wood River, Illinois, the sun shines on freshly fallen snow. The hunters catch several rabbits.

From the journals...

a Snow fall last night of about an Inch half    The river falling and running with Ice, a fair Sun shineing morning—    the party Caught 14 Rabits to day & 7 yesterday.    a Cold afternoon. The Mississippi, is Closed with Ice.

William Clark

Eastern cottontail, Sylvilagus floridanus

Fat, tan rabbit sitting in the snow

Photo ©2009 D. Gordon E. Robertson. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.