Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
A decade after John Palliser embarked on his hunting adventures along the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, he returned to North America to lead the British North American Expedition for the British Royal Geographical Society. Included on this expedition were Eugene Bourgeau (botanist), James Hector (geologist/naturalist), and Thomas Wright Blakiston (ornithologist). This expedition systematically explored southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, and frequently crossed the 49th parallel into parts of Montana, Idaho, and Washington (Figure 11). This was the first scientific survey of the region on Montana's northern border and the results were well documented.
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