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Three Bison Calves Born at Midewin


The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington has gotten a little bit bigger and cuter with the birth of three calves.

Midewin made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, with the new arrivals being spotted on camera earlier in the day. 

At least three newborn bison calves were spotted this morning! Have you seen any bison calves this spring? Photo by Chris Lundgren

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie on Thursday, May 6, 2021

Last year, the first calves — also a threesome — were spotted on May 4. 

The bison have been a big draw at Midewin since the herd’s arrival in October 2015, but they can be elusive for visitors to find considering they roam a 1,200-acre area. In 2016, a Bison Cam was installed to help provide a real-time view.

Today, the bison serve as one of the United States' greatest conservation success stories and stand as a testament to our ability to rescue animals from extinction.


While Midewin's Iron Bridge Trailhead is closest to the herd's grazing area, visitors also can access Midewin via the Forest Preserve District's Wauponsee Glacial Trail. The Midewin-Wauponsee Trailhead, which opened in 2015, was created through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the U.S. Forest Service. It is located at the intersection of Hoff Road and the Forest Preserve District's Wauponsee Glacial Trail. 


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