Fermilab Natural Areas

Find out what Fermilab Natural Areas (FNA) did in the 1000-plus acres of natural areas at Fermilab this past year, what we’re planning to do, and how you can be part of it!  Everyone is invited to come on Wednesday March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Kuhn Barn, Fermilab Village.  If you’ve ever wondered what we do, or thought about getting involved or donating, this is a great opportunity to come meet other FNA members and learn about what our…

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.

Everybody is invited to Fermilab Natural Areas Annual Meeting to hear what we accomplished in 2018 and what we have in store for 2019. Our keynote speaker will be well known bird expert Denis Kania. Denis teaches birdwatching classes at the Morton Arboretum and before retirement he was Manager of Natural Areas with the St. Charles Park District. He has been monitoring birds at Fermilab for 30 years. If you have ever considered volunteering come along and see what opportunities…

Research has shown that the presence of trees and woody vegetation in grasslands can significantly reduce the area occupied by grassland birds. To maximize usable habitat in the Eola grasslands at Fermilab, the first step is to clear the open fields of woody vegetation and trees. FNA received this grant to support the first phase of the project and hire a contractor to remove trees from this area.

March 21, 7:00 pm at the Kuhn Barn, Fermilab Village Everybody welcome. Come and hear about the habitat restoration and wildlife monitoring  we have done over the past year and our plans for the future. Featured  speaker Mr. Stephen Packard, formerly Director of Science and Stewardship for the Illinois Nature Conservancy (1983-1999) and Founding Director of Audubon Chicago Region (1999-2014). Stephen was a longtime friend of Dr. Betz who started the Fermilab prairie project.

Volunteer with our stewards for a winter woodland workday. No experience necessary. Learn new things about the environment and meet like-minded friends. Assist in the restoration of a healthy, diverse ecosystem. First and third Saturdays each month, 9:00 am – noon.  Upcoming workdays 20 Jan, 3 Feb, 17 Feb Meet in the northeast corner of the Lederman Science Center parking lot at the start of the event. Will be cancelled in case of bad weather.       http://fermilabnaturalareas.org/calendar.html

02-Dec-2017 9:00am -12:00pm 16-Dec-2017 9:00am -12:00pm Meet in the northeast corner of the Lederman Science Center parking lot at the start of the event. Assist in the restoration of a healthy, diverse ecosystem! We ask that you dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and persons under 18 are accompanied by an adult or have written permission.

Baby bison season is here, and all are welcome to visit with and photograph the newborns. Fermilab is expecting the new babies to be joined by at least 10 more over the next six weeks.

The Annual Meeting of Fermilab Natural Areas will be held on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the Kuhn Barn in the Fermilab Village. The keynote speaker will be Cody Considine, who will speak about “Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Restoring Tallgrass Prairie at Nachusa Grasslands.” Everybody is welcome to attend!