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

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 (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)
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