National Bison Day is a holiday dedicated to an animal that can be seen not only in the wild and zoos, they are depicted on coins, sports team logos, even on several national flags. Many people think of a bald eagle, but it’s not. Every year on the first Saturday of November, American Bison Day is celebrated. This is a great day to reflect on the importance of the existence of bison, their impact on the environment and even cultural heritage.
Bison are especially revered by indigenous peoples, since it is bison that help to survive, spiritually inspire. Unfortunately, by the beginning of the 20th century, the number of bison had declined sharply due to hunting and human cruelty. There are 700 heads left in private ownership, and only 23 in Yellowstone.
In 1992, Native Americans created a group of enthusiasts who helped bison survive and return to their native lands. For this, educational programs were developed by the authorities, technical resources were provided to 56 tribes. In 1997, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed.
- The first resolution dedicated to Bonfire Night was passed by the US Senate in 2012. The initiative was supported by indigenous peoples, as well as the Wildlife Conservation Society.
- In 2015, Barack Obama signed into law a law recognizing the bison as the national animal. The document aims to protect these proud animals from extinction.
- Do you know the difference between a bison and a buffalo? First of all, home. Bison live throughout the Americas, and buffaloes live in Africa.
- Today, about 500 thousand bison live in America, they can be found in almost all states.
- For centuries, the indigenous peoples and bison lived peacefully in the neighborhood, but when the American peoples began to oppress, the bison also died out.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the habits of this animal. For example, if its tail hangs down, the bison is relaxed, but when the tail is pointing up, it means that the beast is preparing to attack. Did you know that the bison is the largest mammal in North America, able to swim and run fast. Visit the national park and see how bison live in natural conditions. One of these parks is located in Yellowstone. Make yourself a Bonfire Night T-shirt.
When is National Bison Day celebrated in 2022?
National Bison Day is observed on the first Saturday of November each year.