Groups mark inaugural National Bison Day on Thurs.

DENVER - The first National Bison Day is Thursday and the metro area has three herds you can see.

The Colorado-based National Bison Association, the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and the South Dakota-based Intertribal Buffalo Council agreed earlier this year to designate the first Thursday of each November as National Bison Day.

Denver has two bison herds in its Mountain parks -- one at Genesee Park, the other at Daniels Park (directions below).

Genesee Park's herd has two bulls, Tiny and Edson, plus 33 adult bison and 23 calves.

Daniels Park’s herd has two Bulls, Junior and Moof, plus 25 adult bison and 18 calves.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City also has a bison herd you can see on bus tours.

National Bison Day is giving conservation groups another chance to promote efforts in Congress to designate the bison as the national mammal of the United States. Lawmakers from Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Rhode Island have given support to a bill that would make the designation, which would give the animal more recognition rather than any extra protection.

Directions:

Genesee Park is 20 miles west of Denver on I-70 at exit 254.

To get to Daniels Park , take I-25 south to Castle Pines Parkway (Exit 188) or Santa Fe Drive (Hwy 85). Daniels Park Road is about 2 miles west of Exit 188 and 2.5 miles east of Sedalia .