Bison are back at Belwin

Herd returns to nature preserve’s prairie in Afton for 13th year.




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Via Belwin Conservancy:

Bison return to Belwin on Monday, May 17, 2021. (Greg Seitz)

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the 2021 NorthStar Bison herd to Belwin! Each spring since 2008, NorthStar (Cameron, Wis.) has released a group of juvenile males onto Belwin’s prairie. This year’s herd will reside at Belwin through early autumn. 

The public are welcome to observe the herd from Belwin’s Bison Platform and viewing area, which is located at 15551 Division St., Afton, MN. 

Observation Guidelines 

  • Open daily from dawn to dusk 
  • Portable, ADA-accessible restroom is available from May to September
  • The first bison platform is fully accessible 
  • Please stay in the designated viewing areas to observe the bison. While the fence around the parking area is not electric, the rest of the prairie is surrounded by wildlife-friendly electric fencing. Please do not touch the fence. 
  • Follow Minnesota Department of Health guidelines on distancing 
  • See Belwin’s General Guidelines for more information 

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