Fermilab invites public to view baby buffalo

By on July 6, 2012

BATAVIA—Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory welcomes the public to view its herd of American bison, commonly known as buffalo.

Five calves have been born in the past few weeks, increasing the herd size to 25. Visitors, including families with young children, can enter the Fermilab site through its Pine Street entrance in Batavia or the Batavia Road entrance in Warrenville, Ill. Admission is free, but a valid photo ID is necessary to enter the site. Summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Fermilab’s first director, Robert Wilson, established the bison herd in 1969 as a symbol of the history of the Midwestern prairie and the laboratory’s pioneering research at the frontiers of particle physics. The herd remains a major attraction for families and wildlife enthusiasts. Today, the Fermilab site also boasts 1,100 acres of reconstructed tall-grass prairie, as well as seven particle accelerators. The U.S. Department of Energy designated the 6,800-acre Fermilab site a National Environmental Research Park in 1989.

Visitors can learn more about nature at Fermilab by hiking the Interpretive Prairie Trail, a half-mile-long trail located near the Pine Street entrance. The Leon Lederman Science Education Center offers exhibits on the prairie and hands-on physics displays. The Lederman Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For up-to-date information for visitors, visit www.fnal.gov or call (630) 840-3351.

To learn more about Fermilab’s bison herd, visit www.fnal.gov/pub/about/campus/ecology/wildlife/bison.html.