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Studying Our Environment

A rich diversity of plants and animals call this area home. Through their studies, biologists help the Lab understand and protect the diversity of the land.


August 18, 2014

Taking Care of the Land

The Lab's scientific work is balanced with our responsibility to take care of the land we're on.

Studying the Land and Wildlife

Biologists conduct annual and multi-year studies of animals and plants on Lab land.

Lab Biologist, Chuck Hathcock

Protecting Sensitive Species

The Lab designates core habitat for the threatened and endangered  species that may live here, including the Mexican Spotted Owl.

Mexican Spotted Owl

Tracking and Monitoring Our Feathered Friends
Biologists catch and band birds to record and track them every year.
Bird Banding

Studying our Natural Setting

Video: The importance of biology at the Lab. How do local changes in vegetation affect bird populations? How do elk and deer move across Lab property? What can we do to manage the risk of wildlife? Through their studies here, Laboratory biologists are learning about Lab’s operational impacts and ensuring we protect the public and the environment.

The importance of biology at the Lab video


Biologists at the Laboratory

Video: The diverse ecosystem of Lab property. Every year, Lab biologists review more than 1,000 projects taking place here. Their work ensures the Lab complies with federal and state environmental laws. Biological studies here help the Lab plan future land use and operations while minimizing environmental impacts to the public, sensitive species, and animal habitat.

The diverse ecosystem of Lab property video


Monitoring Our Feathered Friends

Video: Bird banding studies at the Lab. Studying birds at a science laboratory? Biologists have been tracking birds and their habitat here for many years. Long-term trends in bird populations give important indications of environmental changes or possible responses to Lab operations.

Bird banding studies at the Lab