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Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Monday, October 6th, 2014


Bull session at the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area in N.W. OR (count them).  Roosevelt Elk herds of up to 200 animals are fed here in the fields adjacent to Hwy 202 during the winter months (November-April).  The cows, calves and younger bulls hang out in a large group and the older bulls hang as a separate group.  Photo:  2/13/2009   79878 Hwy 202, Seaside, OR 97138 (503) 755-2264

Lewis & Clark Hunting on the Trail

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014


Photo:  N.W. Trek Eatonville, Wa. 11/06/2007   © 2007 mkellar

“It requires 4 deer, or an elk and a deer, or one buffalo to supply us for 24 hours.” from the Journal of Wm. Clark.  Each man consumed nine pounds of meat per day, when available and there were 33 people in the party. Raymond Darwin Burroughs tallied the quantity of game killed and consumed during the course of the expedition:

Deer (all species combined) 1,001
Elk 375
Bison 227
Antelope 62
Big horned sheep 35
Bears, grizzly 43
Bears, black 23
Beaver (shot or trapped) 113
Otter 16
Geese and Brant 104
Grouse (all species) 46
Turkeys 9
Plovers 48
Wolves (only one eaten) 18
Indian dogs (purchased and consumed) 190
Horses 12
From “The Natural History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”. Michigan State University Press, 1995) and ”The Lewis & Clark Cookbook: Historic Recipes from the Corps of Discovery and Jefferson’s American” By: Leslie Mansfield

Smelt Dipping on the Cowlitz

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

img_0973_1Smelt dipping on the Cowlitz River just upriver from Kelso, WA.  Smelt spend most of their lives in the ocean and return to fresh water to breed. They are about 8″ long and dipped out of the river with nets by fishermen standing along the bank or from boats.  Smelt are fried or smoked and often eaten whole.  The fish “run” in large schools in January and February but they were playing hooky when I was there and the nets were coming up empty.  Photo: 2/23/2008  © 2008 mkellar


Thursday, January 1st, 2009


I don’t expect to write anything here that is profound but I would like to use this space to encourage myself to stop, look and listen to what is going on around me.  Life is full of little adventures just waiting for the curious to step up and enjoy./~m