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

April 1
Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Conservationist, Born (1940)
April 2
Maria Sibylla Merian, German Entomologist, Born (1647)
April 3
Jane Goodall, Chimpanzee Researcher, Born (1934)
April 4
“The Good Life” Begins Airing (1975)
April 5
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Created (1933)
April 6
American Museum of Natural History Founded (1869)
April 7
World Health Day
April 8
A Tribute to the Endangered Species Act
April 9
Jim Fowler, “Wild Kingdom” Co-host, Born (1932)
April 10
Arbor Day First Celebrated (1872)
April 11
Ian Redmond, Primatologist, Born (1954)
April 12
Arches National Monument Created (1929)
April 13
First Elephant Arrives in U.S. (1796)
April 14
Black Sunday Dust Storm (1935)
April 15
Nikolaas Tinbergen, Animal Behaviorist, Born (1907)
April 16
Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing Arrive in U.S. (1972)
April 17
Ford Mustang Introduced (1964)
April 18
Natural History Museum, London, Opened (1881)
April 19
E. Lucy Braun, Plant Ecologist, Born (1889)
April 20
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Godmother of Sustainable Development, Born (1939)
April 21
John Muir, Father of American Conservation, Born (1838)
April 22
The First Earth Day (1970)
April 23
World Book Day
April 24
Tomitaro Makino, Father of Japanese Botany, Born (1862)
April 25
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Established (1947)
April 26
John James Audubon Born (1785)
April 27
Soil Conservation Service Created (1935)
April 28
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Announced (1986)
April 29
Dancing with Nature’s Stars
April 29
Emmeline Moore, Pioneering Fisheries Scientist, Born (1872)
April 30
First State Hunting License Fee Enacted (1864)
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