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

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
“It’s A Wonderful Life” Released (1946)
December 20
Earliest Date for Winter Solstice
December 21
Trevor Kincaid Born (1872)
December 21
Dr. Robert Bullard, Father of Environmental Justice, Born (1946)
December 22
Lady Bird Johnson, Environmental First Lady, Born (1912)
December 22
Ruth Yeoh, Malaysian Environmentalist, Born (1982)
December 23
Times Beach, Missouri, Declared Uninhabitable
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)
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