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Objects Worthy of Notice--Wildlife Encountered by the Corps of Discovery
Midwest Region, October 15, 2003
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In his letter of instructions to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in June 1803, President Thomas Jefferson directed the explorers to seek "the most direct and practicable water communication across this continent" through the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. In addition, he requested they record "other objects worthy of notice," particularly animals not known in the U.S. including "the remains and accounts of any which may be deemed rare or extinct."

During the 1804 expedition that followed, Lewis and Clark scientifically recorded 122 new species and expanded on the knowledge and habits of many other species in what would become the American West. The works of artists John James Audubon and Charles Schwartz have been incorporated into a 12-panel exhibit that illustrates excerpts from the journals of the explorers as they record their thoughts about this wondrous new world.

This is an outstanding outreach and education exhibit that will travel to many FWS refuges as the 200-year anniversary of Lewis & Clark's expedition up the Missouri River is celebrated during 2004.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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