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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.


  • Elk on Laboratory Land

    Taking Care of the Land

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

  • Lab Biologist, Chuck Hathcock

    Studying the Land and Wildlife

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

  • Mexican Spotted Owl

    Protecting Sensitive Species

    The Lab designates core habitat for the T&E species that may live here, including the Mexican Spotted Owl.

  • Bird Banding

    Tracking Our Feathered Friends

    Biologists catch and band birds to record and track them every year.

Studying our Natural Setting

The importance of biology at the Lab video

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.

Biologists at the Laboratory

The diverse ecosystem of Lab property video

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.

Monitoring Our Feathered Friends

Bird banding studies at the Lab

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.