Banff National Park - Bison Return: Bison Return From the Edge of Extinction
Catalogue Number: SQU006
Producer: Square Sheep Films
Producing Agencies: Square Sheep Films
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeology, Canadian Geography, Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2021
Running Time: 38:45
This episode goes behind the scenes with Parks Canada to learn what was Free-roaming buffalo have returned to the ecosystem of Banff, Canada’s first National Park, replacing the earlier display herd in a paddock. Young bison were brought in from Elk Island National Park and enclosed while they bonded to the expansive Banff back country area. They adapted to their new terrain readily and they have expanded in two years from sixteen young animals to a mature herd of about fifty, reactivating ancient bison wallows.
Bison are ecosystem engineers, improving the function of grassland and alpine ecosystems. Bison are also important to plains Treaty 7 nations, becoming a spiritual element of the species restoration project, and an aspect of reconciliation.
Featuring: Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Karsten Heuer and Harvey Locke.
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