September 9 — First “Bug” Found in Computer (1945)

Wildlife damage management is an established part of the wildlife profession.  Animals often end up in the wrong place, at least from a human perspective.  Mice in the pantry, skunks under the deck, bats in the attic.  But on September 9, 1945, getting rid of unwanted nature took on a new meaning. On that date, […]

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September 11 — World Wildlife Fund Began Operations (1961)

“Money makes the world go round,” or so says a modern aphorism.  It is as true for conservation as it is for all of us.  Conservation leaders recognized that truth in 1961, when they came together to form what we now call the WWF, or, perhaps, “you know, those panda folks.” Conservation groups weren’t common […]

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September 6 — Alcide d’Orbigny, French Naturalist, Born (1802)

The foraminifera are microscopic single-celled marine animals that secrete tiny shells.  Under a microscope, they look like miniature mollusks.  It took a dedicated and observant French scientist, Alcide d’Orbigny, to figure out what these little creatures were all about. Alcide d’Orbigny was born in the village of Couëron, France, on the banks of the Loire […]

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September 5 — UNESCO Established First World Heritage Sites (1978)

UNESCO is one of those darned acronyms that we all have heard of, but perhaps can’t quite explain.  As we often say, it’s complicated.  But UNESCO is a fundamentally important cog in the machines of global conservation, for both nature and culture. UNESCO stands for United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  It is one […]

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September 1 — Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, Died (1914)

Martha, the last surviving Passenger Pigeon, died on September 1, 1914.  Martha had been born in a zoo (Probably Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo) and later was relocated to the Cincinnati Zoo, where she lived until her death.  With her death, a species that had once been the single most abundant bird in North America—and probably the […]

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