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When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on their landmark journey of discovery in 1804, President Thomas Jefferson directed them to notice "the soil and face of the country, its growth and vegetable productions." The explorers collected and preserved nearly two hundred seeds and specimens, from small prairie flowers to towering evergreen trees, many of them previously unknown to science. From the Indians they encountered, they learned which plants were edible - thus avoiding starvation - and which could be used as building materials for their canoes and shelters. Looking to find a water route across North America, map the uncharted territory, and discuss peaceful trade with the Indians, Lewis and Clark became central figures in the country's westward expansion and major contributors to its scientific scholarship.

In this welcome companion to Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent traces the celebrated journey, examines the rich array of plant life the men sighted, and tells what became of the specimens over the ensuing two centuries. Adorned with William Munoz's beautiful photographs of a variety of colorful plants, this visual feast is sure to captivate nature lovers and historians alike. Route map, suggestions for further reading, chronology of plants collected, index.

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Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Ever since I was a child I've loved nature and animals. I spent my time out of doors, picking flowers and scooping tadpoles out of ponds. So it's no wonder I studied biology and became an author myself of the kind of gifts I loved when I was young, books about nature. I've expanded into other fascinating areas of nonfiction, too, especially historical topics of the American west, such as Lewis and Clark and Native Americans.

The lives of wolves and dogs especially fascinate me. Scientists consider them the same species, but wolves are so successful at being wild, and dogs have done a great job of attaching themselves to humans in so many ways. I've explored this relationship from different angles in recent books--"Dog On Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus-Riding Dog," "The Right Dog for the Job: Irah's Path from Service Dog to Guide Dog," "Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance," "Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond," and "Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job."

My one fiction, "Return of the Wolf," available in a Kindle edition, shows how wolves live in the wild. If you read this book, you'll recognize behavior your dog shares with its wild cousin, such as submissive or dominant behavior. "When the Wolves Return: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone" demonstrates the importance of wolves to the natural ecosystem.

My interest in animals goes beyond canines--"Decorated Horses," for young readers, explores a number of ways people over time have decorated their horses for different reasons, and "The Call of the Osprey" explores not only the life of this amazing bird but also research at the University of Montana on dangerous heavy metals deposited in the Clark Fork River from past mining operations through measurements of these substances in the blood of osprey chicks.

My work has given me the gift of travel to all sorts of fascinating places such as the Galapagos Islands, the Costa Rican Rain Forest, the arctic tundra, and more. Since my favorite activity is learning new information, I plan to keep traveling and writing for many years ahead.

To learn more about me and my books, visit my website, www.DorothyHinshawPatent.com, and my blog, www.DogWriterDorothy.com.

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