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...
Sunday 24th March 1805.
two men making cages for the Magpyes and the prarie hens which is to be Sent down the River.
Black-billed magpie, Pica hudsonia, in a cage
Cage displayed at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana.