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?

Gone fishing

A Fermilab employee holds a fish, water source at the side

In mid-September, Bill Dymond, technical specialist, spent some lunchtime fun catch-and-release fishing near the Main Injector, bringing in a 5-lb., 14-oz., 22.25-inch-long small mouth bass — a personal best.

A bald eagle at Fermilab

Late one afternoon in mid-September, a bald eagle perches on a Tevatron Ring dam near the E2 service building.

Bright, sunshiny day

On Sept. 8, a brilliant morning sun shining through the leaves of a favorite sugar maple tree greets those coming onto the Fermilab campus, making for a beautiful start to the day.

Meeting of the minds

Their migration having started, great egrets congregate on A.E. Sea on Fermilab’s campus while a great blue heron (left) looks on.