The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located in the northeastern area of Illinois.
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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

On Friday, December 9, 2016 a webcam was installed in areas where the bison have been known to graze. While the webcam will operate 24 hours every day, the grazing pattern of the herd is unpredictable and there are no specific times when the herd will be visible.




Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin is undergoing a transformation as the U.S. Forest Service and several partners work to restore a native tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Read more about Midewin's history, mission, and shared vision.


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Podcast: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, a wilderness haven in Illinois

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Listen to Midewin Prairie Supervisor Wade Spang and Midewin Public Affairs Officer and Public Services Team Leader Veronica Hinke talk live with Rick Kogan After Hours / WGN Radio

PODCAST: Bison Project Talk with WGN TV

Bison Calf

NEWS STORY: Watch the Midewin bison and listen to ecologists talk with WGN about the bison experiment.

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