March 12 — Girl Scouts Founded (1912)

Ask most people about Girl Scouts, and the answer will probably be, “Cookies.”  But the organization is, of course, much broader and more important to the lives of girls than just Samoas and Tagalongs.  Just like the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scout movement has had an incredible influence on young girls—and on the environment we […]

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March 11 — Save the Redwoods League Founded (1918)

At one time, redwoods covered a large area of northern California, both along the coast and inland.  But lumbering and other clearing had reduced the area of these majestic forests substantially by 1900.  Then, some folks decided to do something about this—and the Save the Redwoods League was formed.             The origin goes back to […]

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March 10 — Cape Lookout National Seashore Established (1966)

The outer banks of North Carolina are home to two national seashores.  The northern one, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, is well known and heavily visited.  The other, Cape Lookout National Seashore, whose establishment we celebrate today (March 10, 1966), is exactly the opposite—not well known and not heavily visited.             Why?  Because Cape Lookout is […]

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March 9 — The Turbot War Begins (1995)

Canadian fisheries officials had warned the Spanish government that it would not tolerate overfishing on the Grand Banks, Canada’s most important fishing location.  But Spanish trawlers ignored the warning and continued to fish.  On the morning of March 9, 1995, Canada took action, capturing a Spanish trawler.  And the “Turbot War” had begun!             The […]

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March 5 — Lynn Margulis, Evolutionary Biologist, Born (1938)

Once Darwinian evolution reached the status of a fact rather than a theory, scientists everywhere became committed to the idea that competition was the primary force causing species to evolve and radiate into new species.  But in the late 1960s, a young scientist, un-phased by what everyone else thought, suggested that collaboration—symbiosis—was equally important in […]

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March 4 — Hot Springs National Park Established (1921)

Hot Springs National Park, established on March 4, 1921, can claim a number of records.  It is the smallest national park, covering only about 5,500 acres.  It is the only national park located within a city—in fact, it comprises a good deal of the historical area of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.  But here’s […]

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March 3 — World Wildlife Day and Creation of CITES (1973)

            The United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated March 3 as World Wildlife Day.  The designation reaffirms “the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including its ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic contributions to sustainable development and human well-being….”             March 3 was chosen because it is the […]

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