Whether the weather cooperates or not, spring has sprung and one of the surest signs of the season is the appearance of baby wildlife.
A couple of recent births highlight the success of restoration and conservation efforts in Illinois.
The newcomers include a bison calf born at Nachusa Grasslands, 100 miles west of Chicago, where a small herd was introduced in 2014. Bison once freely roamed the Midwest and are now found in the wild at a handful of preserves in Illinois and Indiana as part of prairie ecosystem restoration projects.
Need some good news today? The first baby bison of Spring was born at @Nachusa just a few days ago! At birth, a calf is light enough to be picked up, and by November it may weigh 350 pounds. Welcome to the world, little bison calf!
Bill Kleiman/TNC pic.twitter.com/EyPZdMSz7t
— TNC in Illinois (@Nature_IL) April 28, 2022
Will County forest preserves staff is celebrating a second successful nesting season for a pair of bald eagles, with two eaglets spotted in mid-April.
Eagle offspring can be difficult to confirm initially — because the birds’ nests are so large and deep, eaglets heads barely reach the top, according to the forest preserve. A second nest is being monitored for signs of hatching.
To protect the eagles, the forest preserve does not disclose the locations of the nests.
— WillCoForestPreserve (@WillCoForests) April 19, 2022