National Bison Day

Bison are the largest native land mammals in North America. This is an animal that can grow to be as long as 9.3 feet, as tall as 6 feet, and can weigh up to approximately 2,200 pounds. It’s also an animal that has traditionally played an important role in the history of the United States.

They were a source of food and an important religious symbol for Native Americans, a source of income for pioneers, and an important symbol of the U.S. These animals are also one of the most majestic creatures to roam the prairies of North America.

And that’s a good reason why everyone should take a moment on the first Saturday in November to honor these animals by observing National Bison Day. The United States wouldn’t be what it is today without these wonderful animals, so why not take the time to give these animals a little bit of thought on this holiday?

The History Of National Bison Day

All throughout the early 21st century, there were various movements that advocated for the preservation of American bison and for raising their status to a national symbol of the United States.

In 2012, National Bison Day became the product of that effort, but it’s not the only fruit that was born from the efforts of these various groups. On May 16, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation that officially made the American bison—also known as the American buffalo—the official symbol of the U.S.

Fun Facts About Bison

Below are some fun facts about bison that anyone interested in celebrating this holiday might want to know.

  • Baby bison tend to be born late March through May.
  • Baby bison have an orange-red color that has prompted many people to call them “red dogs.”
  • Bison provided Native Americans with food, shelter, tools, and even fuel.
  • Bison were also an important spiritual symbol for Native Americans.
  • If a bison’s tail is standing straight up, then the bison is getting ready to charge.
  • If a bison’s tail is hanging naturally, then the bison is relaxed and calm.
  • Teddy Roosevelt helped to save bison from extinction and formed the American Bison Society in 1905.
  • The average bison’s lifespan is 10 to 20 years.
  • Although an American symbol, American bison’s ancestors came from Asia almost 400,000 years ago.
  • Prehistoric bison had horns that were over 9 feet long.

How To Observe National Bison Day

Celebrating National Bison Day is easy and fun. Zoos all over the U.S. have special presentations that highlight these remarkable animals. Some of these zoos feature American buffalo art, talks with zookeepers, and visual presentations that highlight the history and importance of these animals. People can also use the hashtag #NationalBisonDay on their social media accounts as well to raise awareness about these amazing mammals.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 2 Saturday
Next year (2025)
November 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
November 4 Saturday