October 28 — First Ticker-tape Parade Held (1886)

It’s one of those days.  A day when no great conservationist was born and no noteworthy conservation event occurred (if you know of one, tell me).  But something interesting did happen—the first of the huge purposefully littering events known as “Ticker Tape Parades.” October 28, 1886, was a big day in New York City.  President […]

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October 30 — UNESCO Designates 9 Natural World Heritage Sites (1981)

In its fourth year of operation, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared 26 additional properties to the World Heritage List at its annual meeting, ending on October 30, 1981.  The World Heritage Committee met in Sydney, Australia during October 26-30.  Among the 26 new properties were 17 in the cultural category and […]

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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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