Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains


Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains

A Natural History

Written and illustrated by Paul A. Johnsgard

143 pages
6 maps, 39 illustrations, index


November 2003


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About the Book

Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains is an easy-to-use reference on the wildlife that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark encountered during their 1804–6 Corps of Discovery expedition. More than one hundred animals and plants that were first carefully described and in some cases discovered by Lewis and Clark are identified here.
More than accounts of the regional flora and fauna, Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains examines the lasting importance of the expedition’s discoveries, the significance of the Plains plants and animals to local Native Americans, and the current status of Plains wildlife. Lavishly illustrated with Paul A. Johnsgard’s drawings of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and plants, the book also includes a guide to the Lewis and Clark sites of botanical and zoological interest and more than seventy sites where readers can follow in the footsteps of two of America’s greatest pioneering naturalists.

Author Bio

Paul A. Johnsgard is Foundation Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska. He is the author of over forty books, including The Nature of Nebraska: Ecology and Biodiversity and Crane Music: A Natural History of American Cranes, both available from the University of Nebraska Press.


"A valuable guide for travelers on today's trail."—NEBRASKAland

“Anyone interested in Lewis and Clark, their wonderfully detailed observations, and the ecological changes the Great Plains has undergone over the last two hundred years will want to read this book.”—Andrea S. Laliberte, Great Plains Research


Winner of the 2004 Conservation Achievement Award and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), both sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.

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