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Did you know that bison are prairie makers?  We learned all about bison today and even read a sweet book about an old bison that is adopted by a calf in Grandfather Buffalo:

grandfather buffalo

We learned that a buffalo is a misnomer for our American Bison (Bison bison) because when the white people came to America they saw a familiar animal to their buffalo and they named it a buffalo.  The scientists corrected us and showed us how they are cousins to buffalo but are their own species.  I won’t be bothered by the nickname though.  Just call it an American Buffalo and we will know who you are talking about.

We learned how all that roaming and grazing and pooping makes prairies:  We ended class by making our own bison chia prairie heads.  Check  them out!

 

 

 

 

 

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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