Here, in Grasslands, not only the birds, but the bison have free range, much the same as they did a century and a half or so ago. While bison were gone for many years, they were re-introduced to this national park in 2005.
One of the best examples of the native short grass prairie habitat, Grasslands National Park is home to many species that are rare in other parts of the prairies. Needle-and-thread grass, Saskatchewan’s provincial grass, blue gama grass, and gumbo evening primrose (with its flowers that change color throughout the day!), are just a few of the unique plants.
Many other specifies that once lived throughout the prairies and have now all but disappeared from everywhere but Grasslands include rattlesnakes, the yellow-bellied blue racer snake, and the eastern short-horned lizard.
And if you’re looking up at the endless blue skies, you’ll see some rare birds, like the peregrine falcon and burrowing owl.
But the acre or more of prairie dog towns are the rarest and most remarkable species of all, as these inquisitive little creatures are only found here in Canada. If you’re going through southwest Saskatchewan, just a visit to these little fellows is worth the drive!
Take a look for yourself with this video embedded from explore.org:
But now to some photos of Grasslands!
This YouTube video will tell you more about Grasslands:
Grasslands National Park was also designated as the darkest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada in 2009. For more on Dark Sky Preserves, and the nearby Cypress Hills, see my article at: http://guide2travel.ca/2012/10/dark-sky-preserve-cypress-hills-interprovincial-park/