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The Buffalo's Great Heartbeat | Banff, Alta.

The Buffalo's Great Heartbeat | Banff, Alta.
The Bow Valley Naturalists will kick off this year’s speaker series with senior research biologist and bison historian, Dr. Cliff White.
When
Oct 24, 2017 from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM (Canada/Mountain / UTC-600)
Where
Banff Seniors Centre, 107 Bear St, Banff, Alta.
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The Bow Valley Naturalists will kick off this year’s speaker series with senior research biologist and bison historian, Dr. Cliff White. Cliff will share is passion for the historical ecology of bison in Western North America.

For several thousand years one of the west’s greatest biological phenomena was an annual cycle of millions of bison (often called buffalo) congregating each spring and summer on the Great Plains for calving and breeding.

Then, as the summer advanced into fall and winter, the herds would fragment and disperse towards peripheral woodlands and foothills. This yearly “heartbeat” of bison movements structured the long-term natural and human ecology of the vast landscape from the Red River, Manitoba to the Rockies.

Dr. Cliff White, a former Parks Canada scientist based in Banff National Park will describe how researchers from many disciplines are learning the pattern of these historic bison movements, the ways bison influenced both natural and human communities, and how parks can use this knowledge to restore ecological integrity to mountain and foothill landscapes.

The talk will include an update on Parks Canada’s recent re-introduction of a small bison herd in to their traditional habitat of the Panther Valley in Banff National Park.

This event is free and open to all. 

 

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