Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Buffalo or Bison


I have had bison on the brain since visiting the Armand Bayou Nature Center where we observed some from a viewing platform (as well as from Guy's Grocery Games where chefs often cook with it).  I asked my husband if he knew the difference between a buffalo and a bison.  He didn't, so I decided to look it up.

1.  Well, guess what?  A buffalo is NOT a type of bison or vice versa!  Bison and buffalo are not interchangeable names.

2. The confusion likely stems from early European explorers that may have described bison using the French word boeuf, which means beef.  

3.  Buffalo never roamed the American plains.  They are native to Africa and Asia while bison are native to North America and Europe.

4.  The horns on buffalo and bison are very different.  Water buffalo have horns that resemble a handle-bar mustache. Cape buffalo have long crescent-shaped horns. Bison have short, sharp horns.

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5.  They have thick coats that they shed in spring and summer.

6.  Bison have large humps at their shoulders as well as large heads.

7.  They also have beards.

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8.  Bison are not endangered, but they are nearly at a threatened state.

9.   About 30,000 exist in conservation herds and another 500,000 are raised as livestock. (This makes me sad.)

10. Bison are the largest land animal in North America with males weighing up to 2,000 pounds and females up to 1,000 pounds.

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11. Bison make grunting and snorting noises and bellows, but they don't moo like cows.

12. Bison are only aggressive if they feel threatened, and they can run up to 40 miles per hour.  They can also jump vertically up to six feet. But don't worry about them hunting you; they're herbivores.

13. They have excellent senses of hearing and smell, but they have poor eyesight.

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Thanks to these great sites for giving me great information about bison!

Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Wildlife Federation

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What is Thursday Thirteen?

Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme where you post 13... anythings!  The second home of Thursday Thirteen has been inactive since July, and I and a few other die-hards would love to see a come-back.  So, until such time that it happens, will include a link list so we can find each other's T13 posts.

What can you post about?  Anything, really.  I believe it was started as a "stream of consciousness" theme in the beginning, but it has exploded into an "anything goes" meme.  The only theme is 13!  You can post 13 of your all time  _________ , 13 of your favorite _________ , 13 things you want to do, see, make, find, explore, 13 things starting with the letter __________ , 13 thoughts about _________.  You get the idea!

My oldest T13 post was way back when the first site was up and running.  Most of the links from those posts are inactive now since that site was shut down and many of the bloggers in 2007 are no longer blogging.  My most recent T13 post was... well, this week!  I wish I could say I had posted every Thursday since the beginning, but, sadly, life sometimes gets in the way.  So, play along when you can!

Here are a few of my Thursday Thirteen posts:
My very first T13.
My T13 thoughts about blogging.
T13 ways to leave your lover (think Paul Simon).
Destinations (with lots of links to other great blogs)
For the book worm.
T13 wishful thinking!
And a holiday T13.

Below are a few of the headers I have used.  I don't know who created them.  I found them on the original Thursday Thirteen site.  Feel free to borrow!

Feel free to create your own!

I hope you'll join Thursday Thirteen!  Can't wait to read your blog!  Go here to post your link of the current Thursday Thirteen!