Tallgrass Bison Tour

Wayne at Ranch Kick off the summer by taking a tour with Kansas bison rancher Wayne Copp and learn about the tallgrass prairie!

Copp’s interest in wildlife and history led him to become a dedicated bison rancher.  He realized prairie restoration was necessary to achieve his goal of raising grass-fed bison in a natural environment, so he consulted grassland biologists to learn more.  His ranch now has greater plant and wildlife diversity, which in turn results in a naturally healthy bison herd.

According to Copp, animals increasing at his ranch include badgers, rabbits, snakes, turtles, ground squirrels and numerous beneficial insects. The bison also share their tallgrass environment with bionGreater prairie chickens and other native bird species.

Sign up for a tour this summer, experience bison on a prairie landscape up close, and bring your questions!

Where: On a ranch outside of Topeka.  We will contact you with directions.

When: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tour dates: May 29th, June 12th, and June 26th, 2014.

The tour is free and open to adults and families. Limit 12 per tour.

Registration is required. Please call 580-4545 to sign up.

photos by Kim Sain        .

Kimberly Sain

As a Public Services Specialist, in addition to Reference work I promote the Travel, Pets, and Lawn & Garden Neighborhoods, coordinate nature-themed programs for adults and families, and serve on the Big Read planning committee. My interests include exploring new travel destinations, National Parks, Alaska, hiking trails in Kansas, Colorado and Arkansas, birding, Sandhill crane migration, Monarch waystations, Kansas native plants, citizen science activities, volunteer work as a certified Kansas Master Naturalist, and reading essays about the natural environment. Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country is my all-time favorite novel.