August

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 — Elinor Ostrom, Noble Laureate in Economics, Born (1933)

August 8 — 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 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)

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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