The Birthdays of Modern Conservation

We often like to point to particular dates and times for when something began.  The Boston Tea Party started the American revolution.  Abner Doubleday nailed a peach basket to the wall and created basketball. 

President Teddy Roosevelt

            The same is true for the environment.  We often identify two environmental movements in recent times, one near the start of the 20th Century, and the other beginning in the 1960s.  And the events that we associate with the start of each find their origins in May.

Rachel Carson (photo by Smithsonian Institution)

            Teddy Roosevelt gets credit for starting the first environmental movement.  He cared deeply about the condition of our natural resources.  So much so that he gathered all the nation’s leaders—Congress, the Supreme Court, all state governors, and many others—in Washington for the “Governor’s Conference on Conservation.”  The event occurred on May 15, 1908 (learn about it here).

            Rachel Carson gets credit for starting the second environmental movement.  Carson was born on May 27, 1907—so she was getting ready to celebrate her first birthday when Teddy Roosevelt’s conservation congress took place (learn about her here).  Rachel Carson started the environmental movement by publishing her book, Silent Spring, in 1962 (learn about the book here)

This Month in Conservation

June 1
US Announced Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement (2017)
June 2
Edwin Way Teale, Nature Writer, Born (1899)
June 3
The World’s First Wilderness Area Established (1924)
June 4
Gaylord Nelson, Politician and Conservationist, Born (1916)
June 5
World Environment Day
June 6
Novarupta Volcano Erupted in Alaska (1912)
June 7
Thomas Malthus Published His Famous Essay (1798)
June 8
Bryce Canyon National Park Created (1923)
June 9
Coral Triangle Day
June 10
E. O. Wilson, Father of Biodiversity, Born (1929)
June 11
Jacques Cousteau, Ocean Explorer, Born (1910)
June 12
Frank Chapman, Dean of American Ornithologists, Born (1864)
June 13
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Born (1944)
June 14
Bramble Cay Melomys Went Extinct (2016)
June 15
Global Wind Day
June 16
Gray Whale Delisted (1994)
June 17
World Day to Combat Desertification
June 18
Alexander Wetmore, Dean of American Ornithologists, Born (1866)
June 19
Feast of the Forest, Palawan, Philippines
June 20
Great Barrier Reef Protected (1975)
June 21
World Hydrography Day
June 22
Cuyahoga River Burst into Flames (1969)
June 23
Antarctic Treaty Implemented (1961)
June 24
David McTaggart, Greenpeace Leader, Born (1932)
June 25
David Douglas, Pioneering Botanist, Born (1799)
June 26
United Nations Chartered (1945)
June 27
Tajik National Park Added to World Heritage List (2013)
June 28
Mark Shand, Asian Elephant Conservationist, Born (1951)
June 29
Mesa Verde National Park Created (1906)
June 30
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Created (1940)
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