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At Travelers' Rest near present Lolo, Montana, the Captains detail the final plans to split the party into as many as five different groups. Lewis will explore the Marias River and Clark will explore the Yellowstone River.

all the hunters turned out eairly a hunting    they all returned by noon    had killed in all twelve deer & Some of them large fat bucks.

John Ordway

Lolo Creek at Travelers' Rest

Clear, shallow stream

the dove the black woodpecker, the lark woodpecker, the logcock, the prarie lark, sandhill crain, prarie hen with the short and pointed tail, the robin, a speceis of brown plover, a few curloos, small black birds, ravens hawks and a variety of sparrows as well as the bee martin and the several species of Corvus genus are found in this vally.—

Meriwether Lewis

Mourning dove, Zenaida macroura

Plump pinkish bird in a tree

Photo ©2008 Dori. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

The little animal found in the plains of the Missouri which I have called the barking squirrel weighs from 3 to 3½ pounds.
it's form is that of the squirrel. it's colour is an uniform light brick red grey, the red reather predominating.
this little animal is frequently very fat and it's flesh is not unpleasant.

Meriwether Lewis

Black-tailed prairie dog, Cynomys ludovicianus

Very plump rodent at a burrow entrance

Photo ©2006 Wing-Chi Poon. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.5 License.

The Indians eat the root of this Near Clark's R. Jul. 1st 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva

Low plant with purple and pink blossom

Valley of Clark's R. Jul. 1st 1806

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Thin-leaved clover (owl-clover), Orthocarpus tenuifolius

Low plant with yellow and purple petals

Near the head of Clark's River Jul. 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Bessey's crazyweed, Oxytropis nana var. besseyi

Low shrub-like plant with purple blossoms

Photo ©2009 Matt Lavin. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Valley of Clarks R. Jul. 1st 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Worm-leaved stonecrop, Sedum stenopetalum

Thick-stalked plant with yellow tops

Valley of Clarks R. Jul. 1st 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Small-headed clover, Trifolium microcephalum

Pink and white clover blossom