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From Daily Herald, Nov. 27, 2020: Fermilab Natural Areas is restoring 500 acres of grassland near Eola Road at Fermilab to serve as a breeding habitat for several endangered and threatened bird species that do not use tallgrass prairies or woodlands, such as the upland sandpiper, bobolink and Henslow’s sparrow.

llinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for July 8. Air pollution levels in the Chicago Metropolitan area are expected to reach the “orange” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category on the national Air Quality Index. Current weather conditions and air quality monitoring data indicates air pollution levels may be elevated, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with pulmonary or respiratory disorders, including asthma, as well as active children and older…

llinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for July 7. Air pollution levels in the Chicago Metropolitan area are expected to reach the “orange” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category on the national Air Quality Index. Current weather conditions and air quality monitoring data indicates air pollution levels may be elevated, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with pulmonary or respiratory disorders, including asthma, as well as active children and older…

llinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for July 2. Air pollution levels in the Chicago Metropolitan area are expected to reach the “orange” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category on the national Air Quality Index. Current weather conditions and air quality monitoring data indicates air pollution levels may be elevated, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with pulmonary or respiratory disorders, including asthma, as well as active children and older…

llinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for July 2. Air pollution levels in the Chicago Metropolitan area are expected to reach the “orange” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category on the national Air Quality Index. Current weather conditions and air quality monitoring data indicates air pollution levels may be elevated, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with pulmonary or respiratory disorders, including asthma, as well as active children and older…

llinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for June 19. Air pollution levels in the Chicago Metropolitan area are expected to reach the “orange” or “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category on the national Air Quality Index. Current weather conditions and air quality monitoring data indicates air pollution levels may be elevated, posing a potential health hazard to sensitive populations, especially individuals with pulmonary or respiratory disorders, including asthma, as well as active children and older…

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.