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[[underlined]] Elk River, Minn. [[/underlined]]

[[underlined]] 1890 [[/underlined]]

March 17. Packed our blankets, provisions & collcting outfit & started for a lumber camp 20 miles N. of Bridgman & about 50 mile N. of home. Took a team & dog.

Snow is about 10 inches deep when we start, some bare ground in fields & meadows. It is warm & snow soft. a chilly wind from the N.W- clear!

The fields on sandy hills are bare & Plectrophanex nivilis & Otocris alpestris & Calcaris lapponicus are abundant. Battle Brook is open & full of little fish & some Coon tracks along it.

Saw 2 Pinnated Grouse.

Snow grows deeper near Princeton, roads poor & traveling slow. Stopped at night near Princeton.

" [[ditto for: March]] 18 Started at 8 A.M. & reached Bridgman [[insertion]] now Foreston [[/insertion]] at noon. Through timber all the way. A few Pinus strobus appear at Princeton & grow more common as we go north, only stumps & dead trees & small trees are left but the stumps show that pine has been quite thick. From the oak openings & sand-hills of yesterday we enter the timber region at Princeton.

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Reviewed. Edited markup, confirmed or edited [[?]]. As usual Vernon makes spelling errors. Below are best guesses as to what he means. Plectrophanex nivilis = Plectrophenax nivalis Calcaris lapponicus = Calcarius lapponicus -@siobhanleachman ^[[text]] is the markup used by the TC to indicate handwritten additions in typed text. The Smithsonian Archives have asked volunpeers use [[insertion]] text [[/insertion]] so I've reedited the above. I know this isnt clear as it's not in the instructions. Sorry to reopen again. -@siobhanleachman