Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivora), by Rich Hickson.
Midewin is a refuge for grassland birds, whose numbers
are declining in the Midwest due to loss of grassland
habitat as pastures are converted to suburban housing,
commercial and industrial development, or corn and
soybean crop fields.
Volunteers harvesting native plant seed at Midewin’s
River Road Native Seedbeds. Hundreds of volunteers and
organizations, clubs, companies, and groups are helping
achieve the vision of Midewin as a restored native
landscape where people can enjoy and learn in the outdoors.
Midewin trails are open for non-motorized recreation,
including hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and
cross-country skiing. As the largest public open space
in northeastern Illinois, Midewin offers experiences of
vastness and opportunities to experience prairie
ecosystems and view grassland wildlife.
Background photo: Bill Glass