Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

Spring 2005


Published in Great Plains Research Vol. 15, No. 1, 2005. Copyright © 2005 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


In Lewis and Clark on the Great Plains: A Natural History, Paul A. Johnsgard takes us on the Lewis and Clark trail from Kansas to Montana, describing the flora and fauna Meriwether Lewis and Williams Clark encountered on their historic journey in 1804-1806. Johnsgard focuses on species initially described or discovered by Lewis and Clark and on known species for which the explorers uncovered new biological information. Readers will not only discover which species Lewis and Clark first identified, but why in some cases the explorers failed to be credited wit ha discovery because that species wasn’t formally named as distinct until many years after the expediation.