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The Captains continue to barter for Chinook canoes without success. Several are busy hunting and gathering meat. Lewis describes the White-fronted goose, which is new to science.

the sorrel with an oval, obtuse and ternate leaf has now put forth it's leaves. some of them have nearly obtained their growth already.

Meriwether Lewis

Oregon oxalis, Oxalis oregana

Patch of green sorrel with a few small white blossoms

Photo ©2006 Walter Siegmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

late this evening we were also visited by Catel a Clatsop man and his family.
he brought a canoe and a Sea Otter Skin for sale neither of which we purchased this evening.

Meriwether Lewis

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop viewed from outside the back gate

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

There is a third speceis of brant in the neighbourhood of this place which is about the size and much the form of the pided brant.

Meriwether Lewis

White-fronted goose, Anser albifrons

White-fronted Goose: gray goose with white forehead

Photo ©2007 Walter Siegmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

The Clams of this coast are very Small.
the Shells consist of two valves which open with a hinge, the Shell is Smooth thin and of an oval form or like that of the Common Muscle and of a Skye blue colour;
it is of every Size under a Inch & ¾ in length, and hangs in clusters to the moss of the rocks,
the nativs Sometimes eate them.—

William Clark

Blue mussels, Mytilus edulis

Small, dark blue shells attached to a tidal rock

Photo by Mark A. Wilson who has released it to the public domain.

there is also an Animal which inhabits a Shell perfectly circular about 3 inches in diameetor, thin and entire on the marjin, convex and Smooth on the upper Side, plain on the under part and covered with a number of minute Capillary fibers by means of which it attaches itself to the Sides of the rocks.    the Shell is thin and Consists of one valve.    a Small circular opperture is formed in the Center of the under Shell the Animal is Soft and boneless &c.—.

William Clark

Sand dollar, Dendraster excentricus

Cluster of living sand dollars

Photo ©2006 by Tewy. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.