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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

At sunset, Oto Indians arrive at Council Bluff north of present Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. The swivel gun is fired, hands are shaken, and Lewis and Clark exchange gifts—tobacco and food for watermelons.

From the journals...

This day one of our Hunters brought me a white Heron. this bird as an inhabitant of ponds and Marasses, and feeds upon tadpoles, frogs, small fish &c—   they are common to the Mississipi and the lower part of the ohio River, (ie) as high as the falls of that river.

Meriwether Lewis

Great egret, Ardea alba

Large white bird with long legs eating a small fish

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