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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

As they take the boats up the Missouri River, the Expedition passes several islands and sandbars crowded with pelicans. One is shot, and Lewis describes it in his natural history notes. Camp is south southwest of Blencoe, Iowa.

From the journals...

we were surprised by the appearance of a flock of Pillican at rest on a large sand bar attatched to a small Island the number of which would if estimated appear almost in credible; they apeared to cover several acres of ground

Meriwether Lewis

American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Group of large white birds on a river shoreline