(Photos courtesy of Monika Bobek via Will County Wildlife)
The bison herd at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington has gotten a little bit bigger and cuter with the birth of the first bison calves of the season.
The current count, according to Midewin, sits at three calves. All three of them were caught on camera over the weekend.
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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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