AFTON — The Belwin Conservancy prairie in Afton became the temporary summer home for about 30 North American bison from a Wisconsin farm that were released at the site Saturday.
A large crowd of families gathered at the prairie, a short distance from the Lucy Winton Bell athletic fields in West Lakeland Township, to watch the buffalo herd from NorthStar Bison in Rice Lake, Wis., get introduced to its summer pasture.
Besides watching the bison arrive, visitors could sample bratwurst and hamburgers made from bison meat and learn more about the animal’s role in prairie life. Children could also use a combination of dried buffalo dung, clay and water to make a seed ball courtesy of staff from The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.
Bison have been released on the conservancy’s prairie site since 2008 to graze through the summer and fall before the animals are rounded up in late fall.