Nature Study: Buffalo

We did a nature study focusing on buffalo a few weeks ago. This official national mammal was  wonderful animal to study because our history focus this year is Western Expansion. We have been reading books about the Oregon Trail, Buffalo Bill, and the Native Americans out West.
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Thankfully, there is a buffalo herd close to our home that is maintained by the Denver Parks and Recreation department. We didn’t have far to drive to enjoy viewing these gentle giants.
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We got takeout from our favorite Mexican lunch spot Tamale Kitchen and had a picnic near Bison Meadow park. Then we walked a short distance and could see them grazing in a field nearby.
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We were in this area another day and got to witness the park rangers moving the bison across the interstate to a different pasture. I didn’t have my camera that day (bummer!), but the kids had a BLAST watching them unload the buffalo from the cattle truck. There was a large bull rolling around in the dirt and scraping his foot to intimidate the new animals. What a show! It made me so thankful that I homeschool and we can pull over any day of the week to watch things unfold. We didn’t even need a permission slip. 😉

During our nature study journal time that week, the kids drew buffalo from what they could remember seeing. Here are Bud and my journal entries:
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You have exalted my horn like that of a buffalo; fine oils have been poured on me. Psalm 92:10