February

February 1 — Afobaka Dam and Operation Gwamba (1964)

February 2 — Groundhog Day

February 3 — George Adamson, African Lion Rehabilitator, Born (1906)

February 4 — Congress Overrides President Reagan’s Veto of Clean Water Act (1987)

February 5 — National Wildlife Federation Created (1936)

February 6 — Colin Murdoch, Inventor of the Tranquilizer Gun, Born (1929)

February 7 — Karl August Mobius, Ecology Pioneer, Born (1825)

February 8 — Lisa Perez Jackson, Environmental Leader, Born (1982)

February 8 — President Johnson Addresses Congress about Conservation (1965)

February 9 — U.S. Fish Commission Created (1871)

February 10 — Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, born (1944)

February 11 — International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 12 — Judge Boldt Affirms Native American Fishing Rights (1974)

February 13 — Thomas Malthus Born (1766)

February 14 — Nature’s Faithful Lovers

February 15 — Complete Human Genome Published (2001)

February 16 — Alvaro Uglade, Father of Costa Rica’s National Parks, Born (1946)

February 16 — Kyoto Protocol, Controlling Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Begins (2005)

February 17 — Sombath Somphone, Laotian Environmentalist, Born (1952)

February 17 — R. A. Fischer, Statistician, Born (1890)

February 18 — Julia Butterfly Hill, Tree-Sitter, Born (1974)

February 18 — World Pangolin Day

February 19 — Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Established (1962)

February 20 — Ansel Adams, Nature Photographer, Born (1902)

February 21 — Carolina Parakeet Goes Extinct (1918)

February 22 — Nile Day

February 23 — Italy’s Largest Inland Oil Spill (2010)

February 24 — Joseph Banks, British Botanist, Born (1743)

February 25 — First Federal Timber Act Passed (1799)

February 26 — Four National Parks Established (1917-1929)

February 27 — International Polar Bear Day

February 28 — Watson and Crick Discover The Double Helix (1953)

February 29 — Nature’s Famous Leapers

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 7
Albert Bierstadt, American landscape painter, born (1830)
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, British Conservationist, Born (1931)
January 15
British Museum Opened (1759)
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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