The American Bison Society (ABS) established by the Director of the New York Zoological Society, William Hornaday with the support of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, Canadian Governor Earl Grey and many other notable characters had for the mission “preservation and increase of the American Bison.
In 2006, the Society was re-established by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and met again to continue the passion of these pioneers to save the wild bison from extinction. 110 years since ABS was established important progress has been made to restore wild bison to large landscape in Canada and USA using a variety of strategies and approaches. It is now time to reconvene and explore the successes and challenges for bison ecological restoration across North America.
For the first time in its history the ABS will meet in Canada, at The Banff Centre in Banff National Park. Bison enthusiasts, managers, producers, advocates, philanthropists, and artists are invited to share experiences and strategies to guide future progress toward the ecological restoration of wood and plains bison.
We have some great things planned, including:· 60 speakers in two days,
· Over dozen posters,
· Two very special relationships stories for lunch;
· The launch of the Last of the Buffalo: Return to the Wild book during the evening banquet with The Wardens providing music.
Download the detailed program here and find the complete agenda, speakers' bio, abstracts, maps and posters information. You will also have the opportunity to take share in some truly unique opportunities with First Nations from Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, and Tribes from Montana on the traditional importance of buffalo. A bison feast and a cultural evening including a premiere of a buffalo fashion show is organized for Wednesday evening while an inter-tribal community fusion will also happen that afternoon. The official Buffalo Treaty Ceremony is the next afternoon. And a Special REDx talk will be happening for the first time in Banff on Thursday Morning. Buy your tickets.
Join us September 26 to 29, 2016. Register now or sign up to volunteer below.
Posters session update
- thank you for sending your poster application. Applicants have been notified of their participation. See you in Banff.