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Midewin Announces Birth of Bison Calf




The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington just got a little bit bigger after officials announced the birth of the first calf of the season.

They initially had visual confirmation of the exciting news from a distance. 

"A few minutes ago, Midewin staff spotted the first bison calf of the season with the rest of the herd in the bison cam," they wrote on Facebook on Friday afternoon.

And a short time later, we got a pretty solid view at the calf.

The birth couldn't have come at a better time considering they're hosting a Natural Resources Expo on May 4, where they're encouraging people to come out for the festivities and also keep their eyes peeled for any additional bison calves. 

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The bison have been a big draw at Midewin since the herd’s arrival in October 2015, but 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.

While the 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 and was created through a partnership between the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the U.S. Forest Service, is located at the intersection of Hoff Road and the Forest Preserve District's Wauponsee Glacial Trail. 

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