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Clark commands the boats up the Missouri River making about 22 miles. Lewis walks on the shore and observes fertile plains, salty creeks, several Sharp-tailed grouse, and Indian encampments. Clark nearly gets a shot at a grizzly bear.

after brackfast I walked on Shore and assended to the high Countrey on the S. S. and off from the Missouri about three miles    the countrey is butifull open fertile plain the dreans take theer rise near the Clifts of the river and run from the river in a N E derection as far as I could See

William Clark

Four Bears Village

Grassy plain above the Missouri River

in a little pond of water fromed by this rivulet where it entered the bottom, I heard the frogs crying for the first time this season;

Meriwether Lewis

Striped chorus frog, Pseudacris triseriata

Small frog with a large, extended croak sack

Photo ©2005 Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

these birds appeared to be mating; the note of the male is kuck, kuck, kuck, coo, coo, coo. the first part of the note both male and female use when flying. the male also dubbs something like the pheasant, but by no means as loud.

Meriwether Lewis

Sharp-tailed grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus

Brown and black feathered bird in the brown grass

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