On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The Expedition makes 14½ miles against the Missouri River current camping above present Beaver Creek, North Dakota. Lewis collects a live specimen of a Common poorwill. The Indians trap pronghorn in the river and kill many.
From the journals...
This day took a small bird alive of the order of the [blank] or goat suckers
the recarees call this bird to'-na it's note is at-tah-to'-nah'; at-tah'to'-nah'; to-nah, a nocturnal bird, sings only in the night as does the whipperwill.—
Common poorwill, Phalaenoptilus nuttallii
Drawing by unknown artist in History of North American Birds-Land Birds by Spencer Fullerton Baird, 1874.
The timber is more plenty than it has been for a considerable distance down the river. The sand bars, gave us a great deal of trouble, and much retarded our progress.
Missouri River sandbars
Dwarf Cedar, never more than 6 inches high, open prairies. Octbr: 16, 1804
Creeping juniper, Juniperus horizontalis
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