Wally Levernier

During the spring and fall, Roads and Grounds crews conduct prescribed burns in the natural areas to create and maintain a healthy ecosystem for both plants and animals.

The Fermilab Natural Areas organization assists in restoring, managing and monitoring Fermilab’s various ecosystems. They aim to “restore and study the natural areas within Fermilab while encouraging employees and neighbors to experience and enjoy Fermilab’s natural beauty.”

wildlife, nature, animal, reptile, snake, Wilson Hall, building, A snake tans itself on the pedestrian path to Wilson Hall.

Many animals are on the move in fall to find a safe place to spend winter. What should you do if you find an animal inside a building or in an unusual spot outdoors?

Dim, gray sky, bare trees dusted in hoarfrost or snow, same for the ground, maybe a body of water, below. Tan grasses in the foreground.

On Jan. 4, 2021, Fermilab experienced hoarfrost. Here is the wintry mix on the south half of Main Ring Road.

On July 15, 2020, two osprey chicks peer out onto the Fermilab campus from their nest.