Lewis and Clark discovered many plants and animals during there exploration through the Louisiana purchase. There exploration took place during 1804-1806. Some of the plants and animals that they discovered include the American Bison, the salmon fish, and the Dogbane plant.

Salmon; (Salmo, Oncorhynchus)

Lewis and Clark, first noticed salmon after crossing the Lehmi River Vally, near the tribe of the Shoshones. Once they noticed them they documented them, and the traps the tribe used to catch them. The members in the expedition were astonished by the number of live, and dead salmon they saw in the river.
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Grizzly Bear; (Ursus, Arctos Horribilis)

The anecdotes the corps brought home of the grizzly were definitely gory enough to be passed along.They thought they weighed at least 500 to 600 pounds. On may 5, 1805 Clark brought down a bear with ten bullets.

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Two grizzlys frolicking
Two grizzlys frolicking


Dogbane; (Apocynum cannabinum)

Dogbane was called this because it was poisonous for dogs other livestock, and even humans. The natives of America used the dogbane to make hemp, which is used to make fishing lines, nets, and bowstrings, or it could be woven into bags, moccasins, mats, and bedding.


http://www.lewis-clark.org/content/content-article.asp?ArticleID=2186

A picture of a Dogbane plant
A picture of a Dogbane plant


Long Tailed Weasel; (Mustela frenata)

The long tailed weasel has a small head, very long whiskers, short legs, and a long body and neck. The long tailed weasel is found in most of the United States, except for California and Nevada. It is also found in Canada, and Mexico. The long tailed weasel is a carnivore, which means that it its meat. The long tailed weasel usually eats 40% of its body weight every day. The long tailed weasel likes to live in woodlands, thickets, open areas, and farmlands.


http://www.nhptv.org/​natureworks/longtailedweasel.htm


A long tailed weasel, in its natural habitat
A long tailed weasel, in its natural habitat
American Bison; (Bison Bison)
​The bison is recorded as the largest land animal in North America. They can get up to six feet from their heads to the ground, and usually weigh about 2000-1000 pounds. They used to be found in most of Canada, and the USA, and some parts of Mexico. But these days Bison are usually found in state parks.

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/americanbison.htm



An American Bison
An American Bison

Blue Grouse; (Dendragapus obscurus)
The Blue Grouse is approximately 15 to 20 inches in length. It can be found in south eastern Alaska and the southwest states.The blue grouse can be found in bush areas in coastal rain forests, burned areas, mountain forests and subalpine forest clearings.In warm months, the blue grouse eats seeds, berries and insects. In the winter the blue grouse eats conifer needles.
http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/bluegrouse.htm


A Blue Gouse
A Blue Gouse