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The men continue to hunt and observe the Columbia River area opposite the Sandy River mouth. They observe the spring flora and fauna and notice many starving Indians traveling on the Columbia River in search of food.

The dogwood grows abundantly on the uplands in this neighbourhood.
it differs from that of the United States in the appearance of it's bark which is much smoother, it also arrives here to much greater size than I ever observed it elsewhere
sometimes the stem is nearly 2 feet in diameter.

Meriwether Lewis

Nuttall's dogwood, Cornus nuttallii

White petals in spring bloom

Photo ©2007 Stan Shebs. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

Saw the Log cock, the hummingbird, gees ducks &c today.
they had not Succeeded in killing the female bear, tho' they brought the three cub's with them.

Meriwether Lewis

they had not Succeeded in killing the female bear, tho' they brought the three cub's with them.

William Clark

Pileated woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus

Pileated Woodpecker: long bill and a red stripe down the middle of the head

Photo provided by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

the River hills are high above Quick Sand River Some of the clifts is 200 feet high. on the tops of those hills the land is excessively rich and thickly timbred with different Species of Fir intermixed with white cedder.

John Ordway

Above Rooster Rock

Historic photo of Rooster Rock and Columbia River

Photo by George Weister circa 1915.

we saw the martin

Meriwether Lewis

Purple martin, Progne subis

Purple martin in flight against a clear blue sky

Photo ©2009 Dori. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

we saw the martin, small gees, the small speckled woodpecker with a white back

Meriwether Lewis

Hairy woodpecker, Picoides villosus

Hairy woodpecker on a maple tree

Photo ©2006 Mdf. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

we saw the martin, small gees, the small speckled woodpecker with a white back, the Blue crested Corvus

Meriwether Lewis

Steller's jay, Cyanocitta stelleri

Bright blue bird on a tree branch

Photo ©2004 Franco Folini. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

we saw the martin, small gees, the small speckled woodpecker with a white back, the Blue crested Corvus, ravens, crows

Meriwether Lewis

Common raven, Corvus corax | American crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos

Two large black birds in trees

Raven photo ©2008 Dick Daniels. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.
Crow photo ©2008 Jack Wolf. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

the tick has made it's appearance it is the same with those of the Atlantic States.

William Clark

Tick on a stick

Extreme close-up of a brown colored tick

the mellow bug and long leged spider have appeared, as have also the butterfly blowing fly and many other insects. I observe not any among them which appear to differ from those of our country or which deserve particular notice.—

Meriwether Lewis

Beetle, family Chrysomelidae

Black bug crawling on a green leaf

Photo by unknown photographer who has released it to the public domain.

we measured a fallen tree of fir No. 1 which was 318 feet including the stump which was about 6 feet high.
this tree was only about 3 ½ feet in diameter.

Meriwether Lewis

Sitka spruce, Picea sitchensis

Large tree laying on the ground

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