In October 2015, a small herd of bison was introduced at Midewin as a 20-year experiment in prairie restoration. The herd is a conservation herd, and their grazing pattern is helping to create a more diverse ecosystem for prairie plants, birds and other wildlife as volunteers, staff and other partners work together to restore what was once native Illinois prairie. The long-term goal, which will take decades, is to hopefully one day be able to show people what the Illinois prairies might have looked like hundreds and thousands of years ago. What is the history behind the introduction of the Midewin bison herd? Where did they come from? What was the main purpose in bringing the bison to Midewin and what changes have been noted to date? Midewin Rangeland Management Specialist Kelly Gutknecht will provide an update on the progress of using the herd as a restoration tool.