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

January 1
NEPA Enacted (1970)
January 2
Bob Marshall Born (1901)
January 3
Canaveral National Seashore Created (1975)
January 4
The Real James Bond Born (1900)
January 5
National Bird Day
January 6
Wild Kingdom First Airs (1963)
January 7
Gerald Durrell Born (1925)
January 8
Alfred Russel Wallace Born (1823)
January 9
Muir Woods National Monument Created (1908)
January 10
National Houseplant Appreciation Day
January 11
Aldo Leopold Born (1887)
January 12
National Trust of England Established (1895)
January 13
MaVynee Betsch, the Beach Lady, Born (1935)
January 14
Martin Holdgate Born (1931)
January 15
British Museum Opened (1795)
January 16
Dian Fossey Born (1932)
January 17
Benjamin Franklin, America’s First Environmentalist, Born (1706)
January 18
White Sands National Monument Created (1933)
January 19
Yul Choi, Korean Environmentalist, Born (1949)
January 19
Acadia National Park Established (1929)
January 20
Penguin Appreciation Day
January 21
The Wilderness Society Founded (1935)
January 22
Iraq Sabotages Kuwaiti Oil Fields (1991)
January 23
Sweden Bans CFCs in Aerosols (1978)
January 24
Baden-Powell Publishes “Scouting for Boys” (1908)
January 25
Badlands National Park Established (1939)
January 26
Benjamin Franklin Disses the Bald Eagle (1784)
January 27
National Geographic Society Incorporated (1888)
January 28
Bermuda Petrel, Thought Extinct for 300 Years, Re-discovered (1951)
January 29
Edward Abbey, author of “Desert Solitaire,” Born (1927)
January 30
England Claims Antarctica (1820)
January 31
Stewart Udall, Secretary of Interior, Born (1920)
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