October

October is National Book Month!

October 1 — Yosemite National Park Created (1890)

October 2 — San Diego Zoo Founded (1916)

October 3 — James Herriot, English Veterinarian, Born (1916)

October 4 — Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology

October 5 — Catherine Cooper Hopley, British Herpetologist, Born (1817)

October 6 — Mad Hatter’s Day

October 7 — Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture, Born (1888)

October 8 — World Octopus Day

October 9 — Vajont Dam Disaster (1963)

October 10 — Dnieper Dam Began Operation (1932)

October 11 — Big Cypress and Big Thicket National Preserves Created (1974)

October 12 — William Laurance, Tropical Conservationist, Born (1957)

October 13 — International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 14 — Timpanogos Cave National Monument Created (1922)

October 15 — Isabella Bird, Pioneering Eco-traveler, Born (1831)

October 16 — World Food Day

October 17 — Oliver Rackham Born (1939)

October 18 — Clean Water Act Established (1972)

October 19 — Research Vessel Albatross Launched (1882)

October 20 — OPEC Oil Embargo (1973)

October 21 — “Ding” Darling Born (1876)

October 22 — Wombat Day

October 23 — Cumberland Island National Seashore established (1972)

October 24 — Antoni von Leeuwenhoek Born (1632)

October 25 — Secretary of the Interior Convicted in Teapot Dome Scandal (1929)

October 26 — Erie Canal Opens (1825)

October 27 — Golden Gate and Gateway National Recreation Areas Created (1972)

October 28 — Henry Mosby, Wild Turkey Biologist, Born (1913)

October 28 — First Ticker-tape Parade Held (1886)

October 29 — Stanley Park, Vancouver, Dedicated (1889)

October 30 — UNESCO Designates 9 Natural World Heritage Sites (1981)

October 31 — Lincoln Highway Dedicated (1913)

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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