Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Audubon, the famed artist and naturalist, visited Fort Union during the summer of 1843. Accompanying Audubon on this trip were John Bell (taxidermist), Isaac Sprague (artist), and Edward Harris (geologist), who assisted in collecting and preparing specimens. During his two month stay at Fort Union, Audubon entered Montana on at least two occasions - one was a two day trip up the Yellowstone and another was an extended trip into the badlands either near Fort Peck or Glendive. The purpose of Audubon's trip to Fort Union was to produce paintings of mammalsfor his planned publication of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. In addition to this pictorial species documentation, Audubon recorded extensive notes on the wildlife of this region.
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