December

December 1 — William Temple Hornaday Born (1937)

December 2 — International Whaling Commission Created (1946)

December 3 — Ellen Swallow Richards, Pioneering Environmental Chemist, Born (1842)

December 4 — Eastern Steller Sea Lion De-listed (2013)

December 5 —  World Soil Day

December 6 — Eliot Porter Born (1901)

December 7 — Beijing Issues First Red Alert for Air Pollution (2015)

December 8 — American Bird Banding Association Formed (1909)

December 9 — Wupatki National Monument Created (1924)

December 10 — Olivier Messiaen Born (1908)

December 11 — International Mountain Day

December 12 — Paris Climate Agreement Adopted (2015)

December 13 — Baiji Porpoise Declared Extinct (2006)

December 14 — World Monkey Day

December 15 — Chico Mendes Born (1944)

December 16 — Carol Browner, 8th EPA Administrator, Born (1955)

December 17 — Alexander Agassiz, Pioneering Oceanographer, Born (1835)

December 18 — First Commercial Nuclear Energy Produced (1957)

December 19 — Richard Leakey, Kenyan Conservationist, Born (1944)

December 20 — Earliest Date for Winter Solstice

December 20 — “It’s A Wonderful Life” Released (1946)

December 21 — Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice, Born (1946)

December 21 — Trevor Kincaid Born (1872)

December 22 — Lady Bird Johnson, Environmental First Lady, Born (1912)

December 23 — Times Beach, Missouri, Declared Uninhabitable (1982)

December 24 — The Christmas Tree

December 25 — European Rabbits Introduced to Australia (1859)

December 26 — UN Convention to Combat Desertification Began (1996)

December 27 — Second Voyage of the Beagle Began (1831)

December 28 — Endangered Species Act Enacted (1973)

December 29 — Convention on Biological Diversity Began (1993)

December 30 — Six Geese A-Laying

December 31 — John Denver, Singer-Songwriter and Conservationist, Born (1943)

This Month in Conservation

February 1
Afobaka Dam and Operation Gwamba (1964)
February 2
Groundhog Day
February 3
George Adamson, African Lion Rehabilitator, Born (1906)
February 4
Congress Overrides President Reagan’s Veto of Clean Water Act (1987)
February 5
National Wildlife Federation Created (1936)
February 6
Colin Murdoch, Inventor of the Tranquilizer Gun, Born (1929)
February 7
Karl August Mobius, Ecology Pioneer, Born (1825)
February 8
President Johnson Addresses Congress about Conservation (1965)
February 8
Lisa Perez Jackson, Environmental Leader, Born (1982)
February 9
U.S. Fish Commission Created (1871)
February 10
Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, born (1944)
February 11
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 12
Judge Boldt Affirms Native American Fishing Rights (1974)
February 13
Thomas Malthus Born (1766)
February 14
Nature’s Faithful Lovers
February 15
Complete Human Genome Published (2001)
February 16
Alvaro Uglade, Father of Costa Rica’s National Parks, Born (1946)
February 16
Kyoto Protocol, Controlling Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Begins (2005)
February 17
R. A. Fischer, Statistician, Born (1890)
February 18
Julia Butterfly Hill, Tree-Sitter, Born (1974)
February 19
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Established (1962)
February 20
Ansel Adams, Nature Photographer, Born (1902)
February 21
Carolina Parakeet Goes Extinct (1918)
February 22
Nile Day
February 23
Italy’s Largest Inland Oil Spill (2010)
February 24
Joseph Banks, British Botanist, Born (1743)
February 25
First Federal Timber Act Passed (1799)
February 26
Four National Parks Established (1917-1929)
February 27
International Polar Bear Day
February 28
Watson and Crick Discover The Double Helix (1953)
February 29
Nature’s Famous Leapers
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