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

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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