September

In Praise of Public Lands

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, Born (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)

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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