Plains Bison Update: The Great Bison Head Count

You have done an amazing job working towards protecting North America’s largest land mammal in Saskatchewan. After all that hard work, we bet you’re excited to find out how your Bring Back the Wild™ campaign helped the bison. We have an update for you from the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) all the way from the fields of Old Man on His Back, Saskatchewan.

Step 1: Counting the Herd

snowy fieldThe team set out in early December with the task of collecting a population sample of the Plains bison at Old Man on His Back in Saskatchewan. With the data from last year in hand, they found the herd and started counting. With perfect bison counting weather, their timing couldn’t have been better. Snow had just started falling the day before and on the day of the count winds were gusting at 70km per hour, lifting up the snow and sending it in every direction. Although high speed winds and snowy conditions might not seem like the nicest weather for you and me, it was great for the bison! The fresh snow and cold temperatures helped keep the bison calm while the team counted them.

yearlings and calfs in holding pen at old man on his back
The team successfully rounded-up and counted the Plains bison bulls, cows, calves (those born in 2011) and yearlings (those born in 2010) in the herd with the help of some special handling facilities. After a long hard day, the team was really happy with the results. They counted 128 bison, including 40 calves and 30 yearlings. To the team’s surprise, there were actually more calves then they expected! They were delighted to see that a new calf with a red coat was born in early fall. The team named her Lucy, after the main character in I Love Lucy.

The Plains bison are thriving at their home in Saskatchewan and we have all you Earth Rangers to thank for your support. Your hard work is helping ranchers take care of these amazing animals, making sure that the Plains bison will be around for generations to come!

plains bison in old man on his back

The Plains Bison Project is generously supported by Just Energy.

Check back next week for another update from the field when we take a look at the Monarch Butterfly project.

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  1. EarthrocksAngel says:

    thats a lot of bison!

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  2. Lukeduke says:

    I relly hop that all our efforts are successful with the conservation efforts to preserve the plans boisin.

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  3. Ranger56126896 says:

    can’t wait for the hunger games movie! I think the boisin would like it to:)

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  4. vitani123 says:

    I bet the bisons are really happy

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  5. Ranger56130749 says:

    ive already donated $200 to the cute little bison

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  6. Ranger56132439 says:

    i am new at this so i wil donate $100 to the little bison

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  7. Ranger56134003 says:

    My favorit animal is a turtal.

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  8. Ranger56140811 says:

    I want to save pandas they need us

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  9. Ranger56141598 says:

    im a big horse girl and my bff likes farrets so im helping the blackfooted farret

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  10. Ranger56141598 says:

    sorry i mean the pine marton

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