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

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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