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 does 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 todayincons@gmail.com.

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!

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This Month in Conservation

August 1
Hawaii National Park Created (1916)
August 2
White Giraffes Found in Kenya (2017)
August 3
Arbor Day in Niger
August 4
Liang Congjie, Pioneering Chinese Environmentalist, born (1932)
August 5
First Traffic Light Installed in U.S. (1914)
August 6
Rajendra Singh, the Waterman of India, Born (1959)
August 7
World’s Oldest Tree Cut Down, Accidentally (1964)
August 7
Elinor Ostrom, Noble Laureate in Economics, Born (1933)
August 8
Banqiao Dam Collapse, World’s Biggest Dam Disaster (1975)
August 9
Smokey Bear Born (1944)
August 10
John Kirk Townsend, Pioneering Naturalist, Born (1809)
August 11
Gifford Pinchot, Father of American Forestry, Born (1865)
August 12
“The Lorax” Published (1971)
August 13
Roald Amundsen Completes Northwest Passage (1905-1906)
August 14
Hetch Hetchy Began Producing Power (1925)
August 15
Sponge Act passed (1914)
August 16
E. F. Schumacher, Environmental Economist, born (1911)
August 17
Cape Hatteras National Seashore created (1937)
August 18
Margaret Murie born (1902)
August 19
Cickamauga and Chattanooga Battlefield established
August 20
The Great Fire (1910)
August 20
Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel Peace Laureate in Climate Change Research, Born (1940)
August 21
“Bambi” Released (1942)
August 22
Loch Ness Monster first seen (565)
August 23
Chile’s Atacama Desert Blooms (2017)
August 24
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine, Established (2016)
August 25
National Park Service Born (1916)
August 26
Krakatau Volcano Erupted (1883)
August 27
First Oil Well Drilled (1859)
August 28
Roger Tory Peterson, Ornithologist, Born (1908)
August 29
Henry Bergh, Founder of ASPCA, Born (1813)
August 30
International Whale Shark Day
August 30
Lord Walsingham Shot 1,070 Grouse (1888)
August 31
John Muir Home preserved (1964)
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