Bison Range now on Winter Schedule
The Bison Range is now on Winter hours with the Winter Drive open through early May.
Visitor Center Hours during Holiday
The Visitor Center is closed weekends and Holidays. Click on the link below for dates and days.
NOTICE - All Bikers!
For safety reasons, motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed on any of the scenic drives. Details about access at link below.
Motorcycles and Bicycles
The Youth in the Great Outdoor pamphlet - learn about work opportunities in wildlife conservation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Youth in the Outdoors (1.1 MB pdf)
The National Bison Range front gate is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Winter Drive is open for the season.Operating Hours
About the Complex
Three other National Wildlife Refuges as well as a Wetland Management District can be discovered along with the National Bison Range throughout the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys.
National Bison Range is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
The Draft Environmental Assessment for a Draft Annual Funding Agreement for the National Bison Range Complex in Montana is now available for viewing. Draft Environmental Assessment
While we visit the National Bison Range to see bison, there is a wide variety of wildlife that live in the varied habitats of the Refuge. Some can be elusive, like bobcats, which tend to be out at night and stay in thick brush. Once in a while, one will allow you a glimpse, such as this one “caught” along a part of Mission Creek which borders the Winter Drive. Keep your eyes open and let us know of the things you see. Photo by USFWS volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.Seasons of Wildlife
There is much going on at the National Bison Range with the changes in weather, changes in season. Check out what visitors and staff are seeing while they travel through the Refuge. And let us know what you’ve spotted on your most recent trip.Recent Sightings
We don’t really have buffalo in North America. The true buffalo are the Cape buffalo of Africa and the water buffalo of Asia. However, the American bison has been called “buffalo” for so long that we use the names interchangeably. Technically, these North American animals are bison and, sure enough, their scientific name is 'Bison bison', while buffalo are in the 'Bubulus' genus. All are related in the cow family but they have some physical differences, including horn shape and type of fur.
To find out about more fun facts and trivia, follow the link.Bison Quick Facts
All it takes is the sight of red calves dotting the early spring landscape to understand that the Fish and Wildlife Service mission “for future generations” does not just refer to people.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Tick photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org, Cape buffalo photo. ©John Storr, Wikimedia., 2013 Bird Day poster. ©Environment for the Americas
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015