September

In Praise of Public Lands

September 1 — Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon, Died (1914)

September 2 — President Roosevelt Dedicated Great Smoky National Park (1940)

September 3 — Wilderness Act passed (1964)

September 4 — Fort Bragg, Home of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Established (1918)

September 5 — UNESCO Established First World Heritage Sites (1978)

September 6 — Alcide d’Orbigny, French Naturalist, Born (1802)

September 7 — Edward Birge, Father of Limnology, Born(1851)

September 8 — UN Millennium Declaration ratified (2000)

September 9 — First “Bug” Found in Computer (1945)

September 10 — Henry Hardtner, Father of Southern Forestry, Born (1870)

September 11 — World Wildlife Fund Began Operations (1961)

September 12 — Canyonlands National Park Established (1964)

September 13 — Walter Reed born (1851)

September 14 — Marc Reisner, Author of Cadillac Desert, Born (1948)

September 15 — Darwin reaches the Galapagos Islands (1835)

September 16 — Ed Begley Jr., Environmental Advocate, Born (1949)

September 17 — Edgar Wayburn, Wilderness Advocate, Born (1906)

September 18 — Grey Owl, Pioneering Conservationist in Canada, Born (1888)

September 19 — Urmas Tartes, Estonian Nature Photographer, Born (1963)

September 20 — AAAS Founded (1848)

September 21 — Assateague Island National Seashore Created (1965)

September 22 — Peace Corps Becomes Law (1961)

September 23 — Rose Selected as U.S. National Flower (1986)

September 24 — President Kennedy Dedicated Pinchot Institute (1963)

September 25 — Pope Francis Addressed the UN on the Environment (2015)

September 26 — Johnny Appleseed Born (1774)

September 27 — “Silent Spring” Published (1962)

September 28 — National Public Lands Day

September 29 — Steinhart Aquarium Opens (1923)

September 30 — Hoover Dam Dedicated (1935)

This Month in Conservation

March 1
Yellowstone National Park Established (1872)
March 2
Theodore Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, Born (1904)
March 3
World Wildlife Day and Creation of CITES (1973)
March 4
Hot Springs National Park Established (1921)
March 5
Lynn Margulis, Evolutionary Biologist, Born (1938)
March 6
Martha Burton Williamson, Pioneering Malacologist, Born (1843)
March 7
Luther Burbank Born (1849)
March 8
Everett Horton Patents the Telescoping Fishing Rod (1887)
March 9
The Turbot War Begins (1995)
March 10
Cape Lookout National Seashore Established (1966)
March 11
Save the Redwoods League Founded (1918)
March 12
Charles Young, First African-American National Park Superintendent, Born (1864)
March 12
Girl Scouts Founded (1912)
March 13
National Elephant Day, Thailand
March 14
First National Wildlife Refuge Created (1903)
March 15
Harold L. Ickes, Secretary of the Interior, Born (1874)
March 16
Amoco Cadiz Runs Aground (1978)
March 17
St. Patrick and Ireland’s Snakes
March 18
Nation’s First Wildlife Refuge Created (1870)
March 19
When the Swallows Return to Capistrano
March 20
“Our Common Future” Published (1987)
March 21
International Day of Forests
March 22
World Water Day
March 23
Sitka National Historical Park Created (1910)
March 24
John Wesley Powell, Western Explorer, Born (1834)
March 25
Norman Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution, Born (1914)
March 26
Marjorie Harris Carr, Pioneering Florida Conservationist, Born (1915)
March 27
Trans-Alaska Pipeline Begun (1975)
March 28
Joseph Bazalgette, London’s Sewer King, Born (1819)
March 29
Niagara Falls Stops Flowing (1848)
March 30
The United States Buys Alaska (1867)
March 31
Al Gore, Environmental Activist and U.S. Vice President, Born (1948)
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