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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

As the Missouri River turns south, the Expedition is delayed by a strong head wind. They travel only 13 miles camping in present Williams county, North Dakota. Two men dispute the ownership of a single beaver caught in both of their traps.

From the journals...

I walked with them on the bank; found a species of pea bearing a yellow flower, and now in blume; it seldom rises more than 6 inches high, the leaf & stalk resembles that of the common gardin pea, the root is pirenial.

Meriwether Lewis

Golden pea, Thermopsis rhombifolia

Short plant with bright, yellow flowers

Photo ©2005 Matt Lavin. Permission via the Creative Commons ShareAlike License.

saw a flock of pillecan pass from S. W. to N. E. they appeared to be on a long flight.—

Meriwether Lewis

American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

A single American white pelican in flight

Photo © Alan D. Wilson. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.5 License.