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

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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