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Lewis & Clark as Naturalists
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Along Lemhi River
Lemhi County , Idaho
The beautiful Lemhi River Valley holds a rich history. This valley was home to the Mountain Shoshone Indians who left evidence of their presence dating back more than 8,000 years ago. There is speculation that the Shoshone were among the first Indians in the area to have horses through trading with their Comanche relatives about 1700. The Shoshone tribes gave the name "Ag-gi-pa" to both the Lemhi and Salmon Rivers. This name means "fish water" in honor of their largest food source.

Species Encountered:
icon-4 Acer glabrum Torr.
Rocky Mountain maple
August 13, 1805
icon-3 Marmota flaviventris
Yellow-bellied Marmot
August 20, 1805

Lewis failed to recognize the yellow-bellied marmot as being anything different from the familiar groundhog (woodchuck) he knew from the eastern part of the ...  more>>

icon-1 Nucifraga columbiana
Clark's Nutcracker
August 22, 1805
Near Tendoy, along the Lemhi river

Clark's nutcracker joins Lewis' woodpecker in being immortalized by by one of the United States' earliest ornithologist illustrators, Alexander ...  more>>

icon-3 Mustela erminea
Ermine
August 22, 1805
Shown by Shoshoni along Lemhi river

Weasels are mentioned twice in the journals, though neither entry is about weasels in the wild.  On both occasions, the weasels are skins in the possesion ...  more>>



Journal Entries:
The beautiful Lemhi River Valley holds a rich history. This valley was home to the Mountain Shoshone Indians who left evidence of their presence dating back ...  more>>

 
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