Thursday, April 23, 2009

image: Northern Bobcat

April 7, 1805

 Seamen and I came across this animal as we were taking a walk. Seamen ran off a little in front of me, and when I caught up to him he was standing face to face with the bobcat. As I arrived the cat took off and pounced away. The Northern Bobcat is a tawny gray in winter, With indistinct dark spotting. The bobcat gets its common name from its stubby, or "bobbed," tail. I t also has slightly tufted ears. The length of the bobcat is about 3 feet and it's tail is 4 to 7 inches long and can way between 14- 29 pounds.

May 3, 1805

The North American Porcupine has a large chunky body, with short legs. The porcupine has long brown hairs on front half of it's body and over 30,000 quills, which it uses to defend itself against more agile predators. The quills are located on the rump  an tail. The porcupine is probably not the most softest animal to be petting.
image: Montana Great Horned Owl

April 14, 1805

The Montana Great Horned Owl is a large owl, varying in color from nearly white to dark brown and gray. Mottled and streaked below, setting off the white throat. The owl had beautiful yellow eyes. The Montana Great Horned Owl is the largest and best known of the common owls, the great horned owl preys on a wide variety of creatures, including grouse and rabbits as well as beetles, lizards, frogs, and skunks. 

April 29, 1805

In the evening we saw a Grisley beare on a sand beech, I went out with one man Geo Drewyer & Killed the bear, which was verry large and a turrible looking animal, which we found verry hard to kill we Shot ten Balls into him before we killed him, & 5 of those Balls through his lights. This animal is the largest of the carnivorous kind I ever saw. We had nothing that could way him, I think his weight may be stated at 500 pounds. We had him skined and divided, the oile tried up & put in Kegs for use.
image: Audubon's Mountain Sheep

April 26, 1805

Today we discovered a Audubon's Mountain Sheep it is about the size of a large Deer, or a small Elk, its Horns Come out and wind around the head like the horns of a Ram. I wish that I could describe more of this animal but I didn't get a long enough look before it took off over the hill. I will make sure to write again if I shall see this animal once again.
image: Pronghorn Antelope

September 14, 1804

In my walk I Killed a Buck Goat [antelope] of this Countrey, about the hight of the Grown Deer, its body Shorter... the Colour is a light gray with black behind its ears down its neck... Verry actively made, has only a pair of hoofs to each foot, his brains on the back of his head, his Norstrals large, his eyes like a Sheep he is more like the Antilope or Gazella of Africa than any other Species of Goat.
We found the Antelope extreemly shye and watchfull insomuch that we had been unable to get a shot at them; when at rest they generally seelect the most elivated point in the neighbourhood, and as they are watchfull and extreemely quick of sight and their sense of smelling very accute it is almost impossible to approach them within gunshot. They will frequently discover and flee from you at the distance of three miles. I had this day an opportunity of witnessing the agility and the superior fleetness of this anamal which was to me really astonishing.I beheld the rapidity of their flight along the ridge before me it appeared reather the rappid flight of birds than the motion of quadrupeds.
image: Nuttall's (Common) Poorwill

October 17, 1804

Nuttall's is the smallest nightjar in North America. The Nuttall's is Mottled gray brown with no white marks on the wings. It had a dark outer tail with feathers that are tipped with white. Seamen and I came across this animal lieing in it's nest well we were taking a walk. The common poorwill can hibernate, surviving in a torpid condition, without food and with its body temperature lowered almost to that of its surroundings. This adaptation is unique among birds.
image: Long-Tailed Weasel

November 9, 1804

Today we spotted 2 Long- Tailed weasels near the water playing on a tree trunk. They also could have been looking for food. The weasel is a long body short legged animal, that is brown on top and white bellow. The tail is very long often equal to head and body length.
image: White-Tailed Jackrabbit

September 14, 1804

Then White Tailed Jack Rabbit was a very swift animal. They are gray above and white bellow with a white tail. The jack rabbit was 23 inches long and weighed about 7 pounds. The jack rabbits hind legs were amazing. I am assuming that those hind legs are were the jack rabbits gets it's terrific speed from. The jack rabbit is probably the least social of all animals, for it is nocturnal and it hide during the day.
image: Prairie Sharp-Tailed Grouse

September 12, 1804

The Prairie Sharp- Tailed Grouse wasn't the most beautiful animal that we have discovered so far along this journey I would actually say it is one of the ugliest. It wasn't so much that it was ugly but that it was plain and didn't really seem original. The sharp tailed grouse was gray with some white feathers. The male that we saw had a purple neck patch and also had a yellow comb over his eyes.
image: Mule Deer

September 17, 1804

Stocky body, with long slim, sturdy legs and a white tail above and tipped with black below. Was about 3 feet tall and 5 feet long. The thing that caught my eye was those wonderful antlers of the mule deer. If those things hit you, well lets just say you wouldn't be feeling to good right now. Clark and I were the first to give this common prairie animal an official name. We decided to name it Mule deer.
image: Desert Cottontail

September 15, 1804

As we were walking near the mouth of the White River I noticed a little desert Cottontail nibbling on some food. I stood there taking my observations from a distance so the desert cottontail would not get frighten and dart off. The dessert cottontail was a scruffy brown on top and white underneath. With very long ears.
image: Coyote

September 18, 1804
Today we discovered a coyote 24 inches tall and 4 feet long with a bushy black tipped tail. The coyote often can me mistaken for a small wolf. As we were walking in the west open plains we saw the coyote and almost thought that it was a wolf, But as I was taking my observation I made sure to not mistaken the wolf for the coyote for they were both different animals that were unique in there own way and desereved to be noticed ass there own animal.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

image: Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

September 7, 1804
As seamen and I were out and about roming the fields we saw hundreds of rats. So we wanted to catch one to send back to the president. We tried to catch the rats but they were just to fast so we went back to camp to gather some more men to help us. On of the men told us that those weren't rats and that they were Black-Tailed Prairie Dogs. We tried for several hours diging and chacing  these animals. Finally one of my men said that mabye if we filled the holes with water that we would make them come out and he was right. So we caught one with slim, sparsely haired tail with a black tip wich was unique among prairie dogs.
image: Black-Billed Magpie

September 16, 1804
The Black-Billed Magpie was a large black and white bird with a long tail and dark bill. The bird was mostly black with green iridescence on the wings and tail, with a white belly and shoulders. At the end of the day we had caught 4 live magpies  to send back to president jefferson.
image: Least Tern

August 5, 1804
Today we discovered a very beautiful bird called the Least Tern. It was very small only 8 to 10 inches and had a black tipped yellow bill. the bird was all white with a black cap and pale gray back and wing.
image: Bull Snake

August 5, 1804
today we discovered our first snake. The Bull Snake is a large yellowish snake 4 to 8 feet long with 41 or more black, brown, or reddish blotches. When I saw this animal I was startled by its appearance and could tell that it wanted to bite me so I backed off steadely and took observations from behind a rock.
image: White-Tailed Deer

May 19, 1804
As I was walking along the forest I noticed two white tailed deer drinking water from the creek. As I approched them they got startled and ran away. I did get a good look at them before they scampered off. Deer come in many sizes and colors. In the summer they vary from tan or reddish brown as for the winter they are grayish brown.
image: Plains Horned Toad

May 18, 1804
this morning we discovered a plains horned toad. This animal looked like a miniature dragon with large crowns of spines all over its body. this animal ranges in color from red to yellow to gray. I thought that this horned toad was very interesting and unique animal.
image: Plains Gray Wolf

May 30, 1804
wolf in the forest! Today we spotted a Plains Gray Wolf sneaking around in the forest very near to our camp site. This Wolf was a very beautiful animal ranging in color from black to white standing 26- 38 inches tall. There was something about this animals eyes that is unexplainable. 
image: Northern Raccoon

June 13, 1804
today we saw a Northern Raccoon hiding within the tree. The Northern raccoon is a gray rodent with black spots around its eyes. the raccoon also has 6 to 4 alternating stripes on their tail. today was a very exciting.
image: Missouri Beaver
july 3,1804
Today we spotted a Missouri Beaver swimming using its webbed hind feet. The beaver is a very large bulky rodent with a rounded head and rounded ears. Also has a flat tail and dark brown fur. The missouri beaver is about 3 to 4 feet in hight and weighs between 44 to 60 pounds. When we first saw the beaver swimming as fast as it was we thought that it was a fish then we discovered it was the missouri beaver.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lewis vs. Clark

Both men were hard muscled and six feet tall. Captain clark was a better boats men than Captain Lewis. Captain Lewis was a better navigator than Captain Clark. Captain Clark was a better map maker than Captain Lewis. Captain Lewis was a better botanist and biologist. Captain Clark took comfort in the company of men, talked easily with them, and enjoyed a good laugh. Captain Lewis was partial to solitude, a man of few words, but there was strength in those long silences. What one lacked the other had. The tribe had two chiefs but they would lead as one. 

I thought that a daily blog post was a lot, but lewis and clark kept journal entries for everyday. They had to be very specific in what the saw and experienced that day because there journal entries were the story and proof of there whole trip. The cool thing was that they got to spell words however they liked. I would love it if in english or in any class we could spell how we want to and use slang like yo wat u up 2.

My mess squad

Christian has a brave attitude, encouraging to make others brave, he is also very good with taking care of children. Wants to bring back music and wants to see a real Grizzle Bear.

Marandah loves to cook and cooks efficiently, she also has lots of energy and is optimistic and can cheer people up, she is good with children, and she is also good with taking action shots. Miranda wants to bring back different clothing styles and recipes.

Drew is really good at doing magic and really good with children. He is also good at playing video games. Drew would like to collect video games and magic.

Mary likes to watch children. She is also good at violin, piano, and guitar. She would want to collect new foods, animals, and different art medias.

Chuck is good with communicating with new people, watching children, and having an interest in fashion. She wants to meet new people, she wants to learn their culture and language, and she also wants to take home music and some of the people’s fashion.

Skyler as good accuracy with a gun, being able to successfully scavenge for medical herbs, he also is very good with astronomy.

Jonathan will eat everything, especially donuts. He is good at watching children, a good cook, and uses lots of sarcasm. He hopes to collect recipes, food, music, forms of currency, and artwork.

Ken-doll is very good with fashion and sewing up ripped up and torn clothing. She is very funny. Ken-doll would take lots of photos and would want to learn about the different fashions.

Sir Rolyat is good with computer tech, video and film; he is also a creative builder. He is good at problem solving, fishing, cooking, and a good sense of humor. He would want to collect drawings, drawings and photos of animals, interesting films. He also would want to observe architecture.

Sophie is a talkative and mostly in a good mood. She can learn new languages quickly. She would wants to see old Indian journals, and jewelry.