Midewin ecologist Bill Glass wants to know if the reintroduction of bison will help in the restoration process and if that will provide a habitat for grassland birds.
Much work has already been done to prepare for the bison arrival, including $700,000 of infrastructure. They have consulted bison experts and the Nachusa Grassland near Franklin Grove in Illinois which has recently received its own bison herd. (It is by the Lincoln Highway and I wrote about it in this blog. Click on bison.)
Of the roughly 19,000 acres in the national prairie, the bison will only be on 1200 acres divided into four grazing pastures. All of this is enclosed with 6-foot-high fences around the perimeter.