April

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 — Emmeline Moore, Pioneering Fisheries Scientist, Born (1872)

April 29 — Dancing with Nature’s Stars

April 30 — First State Hunting License Fee Enacted (1864)

This Month in Conservation

October 1
Yosemite National Park Created (1890)
October 2
San Diego Zoo Founded (1916)
October 3
James Herriot, English Veterinarian, Born (1916)
October 4
Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology
October 5
Catherine Cooper Hopley, British Herpetologist, Born (1817)
October 6
Mad Hatter’s Day
October 7
Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture, Born (1888)
October 8
World Octopus Day
October 9
Vajont Dam Disaster (1963)
October 10
Dnieper Dam Began Operation (1932)
October 11
Big Cypress and Big Thicket National Preserves Created (1974)
October 12
William Laurance, Tropical Conservationist, Born (1957)
October 13
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
October 14
Timpanogos Cave National Monument Created (1922)
October 15
Isabella Bird, Pioneering Eco-traveler, Born (1831)
October 16
World Food Day
October 17
Oliver Rackham born (1939)
October 18
Clean Water Act established (1972)
October 19
Research Vessel Albatross Launched (1882)
October 20
OPEC Oil Embargo (1973)
October 21
“Ding” Darling born (1876)
October 22
Wombat Day
October 23
Cumberland Island National Seashore established (1972)
October 24
Antoni von Leeuwenhoek born (1632)
October 25
Secretary of the Interior Convicted in Teapot Dome Scandal (1929)
October 26
Erie Canal Opens (1825)
October 27
Golden Gate and Gateway National Recreation Areas Created (1972)
October 28
Henry Mosby, Wild Turkey Biologist, Born (1913)
October 28
First Ticker-tape Parade Held (1886)
October 29
Stanley Park, Vancouver, Dedicated (1889)
October 30
UNESCO Designates 9 Natural World Heritage Sites (1981)
October 31
Lincoln Highway Dedicated (1913)
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