Buffalo babies arriving!

Update 6/12/14: Here’s the link to the Connected Colorado video. Current count at Genesee Bison Herd— 19 new calves and 1 December calf for a total of 20.

You may get tired of May snowstorms, but what do we get? Babies! The Mother’s Day storm dropped two feet of snow at Genesee Park, and made mothers out of six of our bison cows by Monday. Six calves had arrived previously, giving us a new total of 12 calves at Genesee and 5 at Daniels Park by Friday, May 16. (Not including our two December calves, who are also doing well.)

Cows and calves at Genesee Park during Mother's Day storm, Sunday May 11, 2014. Photo by Marty Homola.

Cows and calves at Genesee Park during Mother’s Day storm, Sunday May 11, 2014. Photo by Marty Homola.

What a way to come into the world! But buffalo have many adaptations that allow them to weather any kind of weather the West offers just fine. Caretaker Marty Homola kept a watchful eye out for local coyotes, but cows and calves are managing fine. By Tuesday, skies cleared but the new calves still had to navigate in deep snow. Now that the snow is gone, it’s a great time to get out and visit for a view of bison calves.

By the time we visited Genesee on Friday with a camera crew from Connected Colorado, pastures were green and we got some fresh pictures of our 12 calves and their moms. Connected Colorado is a joint program that produces videos in cooperation with cities, counties and towns in the Denver area. Our segment will appear in June-July, and we’ll post a link as soon as we get one.

Oddly, there was a big May snowstorm about the same time last year. The gallery above includes a few photos from that set as well as photos from last week.


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