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 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

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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