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 — 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

July 1
Duck Stamp Born (1934)
July 2
Morrill Act Created Land-Grant Universities (1862)
July 3
Great Auk Went Extinct (1844)
July 4
Stephen Mather, Founding Director of the National Park Service, Born (1867)
July 5
Yoshimaro Yamashina and Ernst Mayr, Ornithologists, Born (1900, 1904)
July 6
Maria Martin, Naturalist and Artist, Born (1796)
July 7
Alaska Admitted as a State (1958)
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July 9
Starbucks Abandoned Plastic Straws (2018)
July 10
Rainbow Warrior Bombed and sunk (1985)
July 11
World Population Day
July 12
Herbert Zim, Creator of “Golden Guides,” Born (1909)
July 13
Source of the Mississippi River Discovered (1832)
July 14
George Washington Carver National Monument Established (1943)
July 15
Emmeline Pankhurst, British Suffragette Leader, Born (1858)
July 16
UNESCO Added Giant Panda and Shark Sanctuaries to World Heritage List (2006)
July 17
Handel’s “Water Music” Premiered (1717)
July 18
Gilbert White, the “First Ecologist,” Born (1720)
July 19
Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal, Created (1976)
July 20
Gregor Mendel, Pioneering Geneticist, Born (1822)
July 21
Aswan High Dam Opened (1970)
July 22
Ratcatcher’s Day
July 23
Commercial Whaling Banned (1982)
July 24
Machu Picchu Discovered (1911)
July 25
Jim Corbett, Tiger Conservationist, Born (1875)
July 26
James Lovelock, Originator of the Gaia Theory, Born (1919)
July 27
Przewalski’s horse gave birth by artificial insemination (2013)
July 28
Beatrix Potter, Author and Conservationist, Born (1866)
July 29
International Tiger Day
July 30
Golden Spike National Historical Park Created (1965)
July 31
Curt Gowdy, Sportscaster and Conservationist, Born (1919)
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