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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Final preparations to leave Fort Mandan begin. Cages are made for the live magpies, a prairie dog, and a sharp-tailed grouse which will be sent back to President Jefferson.

From the journals...

two men making cages for the Magpyes and the prarie hens which is to be Sent down the River.

John Ordway

Black-billed magpie, Pica hudsonia, in a cage

Bird inside a cage made from sticks and wood strips

Cage displayed at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana.