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The hunters report that the elk have left the low lands around Fort Clatsop and are in the higher mountains several miles away. Lewis worries about their food supply and sends out hunters. Several birds are described in the journals.

we have only 2 days provision on hand, and that nearly spoiled.
we shall not leave our quarters at fort Clatsop untill the first of April, as we intended unless the want of subsistence compels us to that measure.

Meriwether Lewis

Officers' quarters at Fort Clatsop

two bunks, a table, and chairs made from hand-hewn logs

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

a fair morning

John Ordway

Netul Landing at Fort Clatsop

Calm backwaters on a coastal river in early morning light

Photo taken with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

The common snipe of the marshes and the small sand snipe are the same of those common to the Atlantic Coast tho' the former are by no means as abundant here.

Meriwether Lewis

Common snipe, Gallinago gallinago and spotted sandpiper, Actitis macularia

Two seabirds with long legs and long bills

Common snipe: photo ©Marek Szczepanek. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.
Spotted sandpiper: photo ©2005 by Mdf. Permission via the Creative Commons 3.0 License.

the prarrow of the woody country is also similar to ours but not abundant.

Meriwether Lewis

Song sparrow, Melospiza melodia

Very small bird with tan coloring

Photo released to the public domain by the photographer, Ken Thomas.

The hunters who were out last informed me that they discovered a very Considerable fall in the Kil-haw-a-nack-kle River on its main western fork at which place it falls abt. 100 feet from the Side of a mountain S.E. about 6 miles from Fort Clatsop and nearly 15 from its enterance into the bay by the Meanderings of this river

William Clark

Youngs River Falls

Waterfall on a stormy winter day

The Men at the fort were all employed in dressing Skins &ca.

Joseph Whitehouse

Brain-tanned elk hide

Hand scraped, white elk hide