October 3 — James Herriot, English Veterinarian, Born (1916)

Ask anyone to name a famous veterinarian, and they are likely to name James Herriot, author of the best-selling book, All Creatures Great and Small.  Herriot was a veterinarian in northern England from 1930 through the 1980s.  He tended to farm animals and pets during his career.  I know this isn’t a website about domestic […]

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October 2 — San Diego Zoo Founded (1916)

The greatest zoo in the world—the San Diego Zoo—was founded on this date in 1916.  Why?  Because a medical doctor heard a lion roar and decided his city needed to hear that roar forever.             San Diego’s Balboa Park was the site for the 1915-16 Panama California Exposition.  The two-year event celebrated the opening of […]

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October 1 — Yosemite National Park Created (1890)

John Muir, the father of American conservation, loved the Yosemite Valley like no other place on earth.  He wrote, “How vividly my own first journey to Yosemite comes to mind.  It was bloom-time of the year over all the lowlands and ranges of the coast; the landscape was fairly drenched with sunshine, the larks were […]

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September 30 — Hoover Dam Dedicated (1935)

Turns out that September 30 is a pretty dam important day!  Two major dam-related events occurred on this date, both relating to the availability of water and water-based energy.             The first event, on September 30, 1882, didn’t make much of a splash then and is remembered even less today.  Dams had always been used […]

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September 28 — National Public Lands Day

I’m cheating a bit with today’s entry.  Technically, in 2019, National Public Lands Day will be celebrated on September 28.   However, it doesn’t always fall on this date.  National Public Lands Day occurs on the fourth Saturday in September.  That is the 28th in 2019.             The date moves around in order to accomplish the […]

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September 26 — Johnny Appleseed Born (1774)

So you don’t believe in Paul Bunyan or Sasquatch, here’s one you can believe in:  Johnny Appleseed was a real man who roamed around planting apple trees.  And many consider him one of our earliest and most ardent conservationists. But, there is a bit more to the story than just that.             John Chapman, who […]

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