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Watch the Incredible Moment a Bison Calf is Born

It was a rare and truly magical moment on the prairie at Nachusa Grasslands and volunteer Greg Baker just happened to catch it all on video. 

Off in the distance on the more than 3,000 acres of protected land in Franklin Grove, Illinois was the pregnant bison cow in the process of giving birth.

Over the course of approximately 40 minutes, the calf emerges into the world, opens its eyes and then takes its first wobbly steps under the watchful eye of its mother.

This calf is the latest in a series of newborns at Naschusa Grasslands; a number of others can be seen lounging on the prairie.



Under normal circumstances, bison calves are usually born from the middle of April to June, and we've also been treated to some new additions closer to home at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

It was just a few weeks ago that officials there announced the birth of two bison calves.


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Think Twice Before Your Next Sip and Skip the Straw Instead


Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock


The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Skip the Stink: How to Keep Stink Bugs at Bay


Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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