ecology

On the east side of the Fermilab grounds, a few large, stately honey locust trees grow directly over the bike path, where they dump most of their pendulous, spiral bean pods in the fall and winter. Photo: szántó

If you live in the Chicago suburbs and have ever taken a walk on the Fermilab hike-and-bike trail along Batavia Road, you’ve probably noticed large trees with long, slender bean pods, which — even after they fall to the ground — are ignored by wildlife. Not that long ago, mammoths, mastodons and giant ground sloths roamed the Fermilab grounds and feasted on these bean pods, along with the fruit of two additional species that still can be found growing on site.

This Wednesday, April 22, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Although we are unable to celebrate together right now, there are many ways that we can all celebrate Earth Day from our homes. Read on to learn how.

From Kane County Chronicle, Dec. 16, 2019: The Commission on Excellence in Ecological Restoration has recognized Fermilab with a Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Ecological Restoration Award. The commission was impressed with the lab’s knowledgeable staff, their work and its dedication to helping protect, restore and maintain one of Chicago Wilderness’s significant natural areas.

Please join the Fermilab community for our last lunch time volunteer cleanup for the season. ABRI Credit Union will be sponsoring this event on Sept. 19th 2019. A bus will pick up volunteers at Wilson Hall Horse Shoe at 11:45 sharp. All cleaning gear will be provided. Lunch will be provided by ABRI Credit Union. Please RSVP by Sept. 17th to Maria Martinez at x 3303 or Galvez@fnal.gov

Wally Levernier, Fermilab's ecologist talks about the importance of plant diversity on a Fermilab wildflower walk hosted by Fermilab Natural Areas and the Batavia Environmental Commission. More than 50 people attended. people, ecology, nature, Fermilab Natural Areas Photo: Georgia Schwender

Wally Levernier, Fermilab’s ecologist talks about the importance of plant diversity on a Fermilab wildflower walk hosted by Fermilab Natural Areas and the Batavia Environmental Commission. More than 50 people attended.

Lend a hand care for our Land! Join the Fermilab community in a special 3rd Thursday lunchtime clean up: 11:45 to 1:15 pm. Transportation to clean up sites from WH, East Ground floor at 11:45 sharp, all cleaning gear will be provided. Lunch and soft drink provided to all volunteers. Please RSVP for lunch to Jeannette at x3303 or olah@fnal.gov

From The Beacon-News, June 9, 2019: A recent Sunday afternoon in Batavia gave parents and children the chance to experience animal and plant life as the Fermilab held its 11th annual Family Outdoor Fair. The event included more than a dozen outdoor activities, ranging from viewing the herd of bison that live on the property to scooping up insect and pond creatures and invertebrates with nets.

Lend a hand care for our land! Please join the Fermilab community in a special Third-Thursday lunchtime clean-up 11:45-1:15 pm. Transportation to the clean-up sites from WH East Ground Floor at 11:45 sharp. Cleaning gear provided. Lunch and soft refreshments severed to all volunteers! Please RSVP to Jeannette olah@fnal.gov or x 3303.