November 17 — David Livingstone Arrives at Victoria Falls (1855)

If people remember David Livingstone at all, it is as the intrepid African explorer made famous by his meeting with journalist Henry Stanley, at which Mr. Stanley presumably just said, “Dr. Livingston, I presume?”  Livingstone had been exploring Africa for three decades, penetrating farther into the African interior than any other European.  And on November […]

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November 16 — Global Climate Change Research Act Passed (1990)

The vast majority of the world’s governments and people now understand that the world’s climate is changing and that the changes are largely caused by human-based emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases into the environment.  Getting to this point of understanding, however, has required a major global—and national—commitment to scientific research and education.  That […]

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November 15 — America Recycles Day

Every year, the United States recycles a great celebration—America Recycles Day!  Since 1997, the country has celebrated America Recycles Day to educate citizens about the benefits of recycling and how to recycle. America Recycles Day is an outgrowth of a similar day created by Texas in 1994.  Kevin Tuerff and Valerie Davis, working for the […]

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October 29 — Stanley Park, Vancouver, Dedicated (1889)

On October 29, 1889,Charles Stanley, the Governor General of British Columbia, formally christened a new park in Vancouver, dedicating it “to the use and enjoyment of peoples of all colours, creeds, and customs, for all time.  I name thee, Stanley Park.”  Little did he know that the use and reputation of the park would grow […]

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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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