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New High Definition Web Cam Provides Live Views of Midewin Convservation Bison

MidewinBisonCam.pngThe U.S. Forest Service’s Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation, announced today that a new web cam will provide live views of the Midewin bison herd. The web cam covers areas where the bison have been known to graze, providing glimpses of the herd to the public.   
 
The bison cam can be accessed through the following link: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/illinois/wilmington/midewin/?cam=bison.
 
The Midewin (pronounced: Mid-DAY-win) bison herd is a small conservation herd. The herd was introduced at Midewin in October 2015 as a 20-year experiment in restoring the landscape to native tallgrass prairie. The grazing of the herd reintroduces disturbance that is important to reviving and sustaining a more diverse habitat of native grasses for wildlife. Citizen scientists, volunteers, partners and staff are monitoring any noticeable increases in native prairie wildlife found at Midewin. The data they are collecting will be helpful in telling whether the grazing of the herd, and the varying lengths of different species of grasses created by their grazing, is encouraging a return of a wider variety of native Illinois plants, animals and insects.