December

December 1 — William Temple Hornaday Born (1937)

December 2 — International Whaling Commission Created (1946)

December 3 — Ellen Swallow Richards, Pioneering Environmental Chemist, Born (1842)

December 4 — Eastern Steller Sea Lion De-listed (2013)

December 5 —  World Soil Day

December 6 — Eliot Porter Born (1901)

December 7 — Beijing Issues First Red Alert for Air Pollution (2015)

December 8 — American Bird Banding Association Formed (1909)

December 9 — Wupatki National Monument Created (1924)

December 10 — Olivier Messiaen Born (1908)

December 11 — International Mountain Day

December 12 — Paris Climate Agreement Adopted (2015)

December 13 — Baiji Porpoise Declared Extinct (2006)

December 14 — World Monkey Day

December 15 — Chico Mendes Born (1944)

December 16 — Carol Browner, 8th EPA Administrator, Born (1955)

December 17 — Alexander Agassiz, Pioneering Oceanographer, Born (1835)

December 18 — First Commercial Nuclear Energy Produced (1957)

December 19 — Richard Leakey, Kenyan Conservationist, Born (1944)

December 20 — Earliest Date for Winter Solstice

December 20 — “It’s A Wonderful Life” Released (1946)

December 21 — Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice, Born (1946)

December 21 — Trevor Kincaid Born (1872)

December 22 — Ruth Yeoh, Malaysian Environmentalist, Born (1982)

December 22 — Lady Bird Johnson, Environmental First Lady, Born (1912)

December 23 — Times Beach, Missouri, Declared Uninhabitable (1982)

December 24 — The Christmas Tree

December 25 — European Rabbits Introduced to Australia (1859)

December 26 — UN Convention to Combat Desertification Began (1996)

December 27 — Second Voyage of the Beagle Began (1831)

December 28 — Endangered Species Act Enacted (1973)

December 29 — Convention on Biological Diversity Began (1993)

December 30 — Six Geese A-Laying

December 31 — John Denver, Singer-Songwriter and Conservationist, Born (1943)

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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