About

Your host for “Today in Conservation” is Larry A. Nielsen.  I am an author, educator and conservationist who believes that the world is a better place today than yesterday and that tomorrow will be even better.

To prove the enormous progress we’ve made–along with some notable setbacks–I’ve amassed a chronology of conservation.  During my 40 years as a university professor, I’ve gathered together the history of people, places and events in conservation and I present them here as a daily calendar.

My hope is that teachers will use the entries as interest items for classes; that students will use them as the first step in researching an assigned project; that speakers will use them to stimulate their audiences; and that all of us will use them for a daily dose of conservation knowledge.  However, you wish to use these entries, please do–and please tell your friends about them.

I’m always looking for new entries, especially one that will diversify the content of the calendar.  We need to talk more and write more about all the people and events that have influenced conservation, not just the big names (who are almost invariably dead white men!).  So, if you have ideas for people, places, events or anything else that you think should be covered, pleased send me an email at [email protected]

Most calendar entries are serious, but, alas, on some days nothing particularly important has happened.  So, for those days, the definition of conservation is stretched a bit.  Remember, if we aren’t having a little fun, we’re not doing it right!

And for a little more fun, read my mystery novels, “Dead Man on Campus” and “The Center Piece,” available from on-line booksellers everywhere.

Learn more about Larry Nielsen

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
Kyoto Protocol, Controlling Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Begins (2005)
February 16
Alvaro Uglade, Father of Costa Rica’s National Parks, Born (1946)
February 17
Sombath Somphone, Laotian Environmentalist, Born (1952)
February 17
R. A. Fischer, Statistician, Born (1890)
February 18
Julia Butterfly Hill, Tree-Sitter, Born (1974)
February 18
World Pangolin Day
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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