Conservation Calendar

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Email notices to Vicki Watson. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often.

Looking Ahead to 2017

March 25 (Saturday)

Day long birding field trip to Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. Free. Meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of the Adams Center parking lot to car pool to the refuge. For more info, email Larry or call 549-5632 

March 26 (Sunday

Missoula Peace March. every Sunday at 1pm. Meet on west side of Higgins Bridge.March for human rights, Mother Earth & a united America.

March 27 (Monday)

Montana State Science Fair on the UM Campus (link).

Local Food Day at the Capitol in Helena, March 27. Will show impact of Montana-grown food on state’s economy, health, and communities. Exhibits 11am to 2pm. Program at noon.

March 28 (Tuesday)

Montana Women in Conservation Award Luncheon. Honors Amy Cilimburg of Climate Smart Missoula (formerly of MT Audubon). WHEN: March 28 at Noon; WHERE: The Loft, 119 W. Main, Msla.  Appetizers from Masala.

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and its influence on conservation of the Arctic. Dan Ritzman, Regional Director of the Sierra Club.  Part of UM Wilderness Lecture Series.  WHEN: March 28, 7-8:30pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122.

March 29 (Wednesday)

Climate Change in Geologic History by Kallie Moore, UM Paleontology Center. First in a series of lectures on Navigating a Changing World. WHEN: March 29, 5-7pm; WHERE: MT Natural History Center. 120 Hickory St. Missoula

March 30 (Thursday)

Lorax Party and Potluck-- includes screening the classic film, food, games, community conversation. All ages welcome.  Free (but donations accepted). WHEN: March 30, 6-9pm; WHERE: UM FLAT, 633 S. 5th St. E., near UM. Hosted by Environment MT & UM Wilderness Association.

March 31 (Friday)

MT Board of Environmental Review meets, in Helena. Public welcome.Where, When and Agenda here

April is Earth Month!

April 1 (Sat)

Off the Rack benefits for Blue Mountain Clinic (link). 7pm at Missoula Children's Theater.

World's Largest Garage Sale (link), benefit for UM Advocates. WHEN: 9:30am -1:30 pm. WHERE: UM Parking Garage. You can sell and/or buy.

Seed Saving Workshop. WHEN: April 1 from 1-3pm; WHERE: Seeley Lake Community Hall.  Free.

April 4 (Tuesday)

Federal Public Lands Privatization Movement. Hal Herring journalist. Part ofUM Wilderness Lecture Series.  WHEN: April 4, 7-8:30pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122.

April 6 (Thursday)

Energy Return on Energy Invested --a key concept in ecology, economics and sustainability. a talk by Dr. Charles Hall, State University of New York. WHEN: April 6, 3:30 to 4:20pm; WHERE: UM's Forestry building 305. All welcome

Climate Smart Meet-up on Saving Energy. All welcome. WHEN: April 6, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation  at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula

Bird Identification Workshop series starts, Thursdays April 6 to 27. for beginning & intermediate birders. Covers field marks to identify birds, recognizing birds by their calls, and when migrating birds are expected to arrive. Groups covered include predator birds, waterfowl, shorebirds, woodpeckers, warblers and sparrows. Cost: $35. To sign up contact, Larry at 549-5632 or 540-3064 or  WHEN: 7-9:30 pm on April 6,13,20 and 27    AND  a field trip on Saturday April 22; WHERE: MT Fish Wildlife & Parks office at 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula

April 7 (Friday)

Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene -- Jedediah Purdy of Duke University speaks in the UM President's lecture series. WHEN: April 7 at 8pm; WHERE: UM's Dennison Theater. Dr Purdy will also speak on Ecology & Political Economy in the History of Capitalism (at 3pm in Gallagher Business room 123).  

April 12 (Wed)

UM Recycling COmmittee meets. All welcome. Working on zero waste proposals, fund raising, and outreach for Earth Week. WHEN: April 12 at noon-1pm; WHERE: UM's University Center, room 216.

Can Health Problems Created by Modern Wheat be Solved with Ancient Wheat?” by Bob Quinn, Organic Farmer and President of Kamut, Int., Big Sandy, MT. FREE. April 12 @ 6:30pm @ UM Gallagher Business Building room 123.

April 13 (Thurs)

Building a Native Plant Garden for Play and Education. Lisa Bickell explains how MT Natural History Center's garden was created. WHEN: Apr 13 at 7pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09. See follow up field trip on April 15

MT Premier of Tomorrow (link)  --April 13 at 7pm in Myrna Loy Theater, Helena     Tomorrow Trailer here

April 15-23 -- Earth Week  Special Earth Week message here 

Highlights in Missoula & western MT below    ...   Detailed Earth Week Schedule here

    April 15--DIG DAY-- help put food gardens in Missoula yards. Noon to 4pm; Meet at Caras Park.  Contact 1000 New Gardens

       Tour Natural History Center's Native Plant Garden. Apr 15 at 1pm @ 120 Hickory, Msla.

    April 15-22-- International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula  

    April 17-18 -- Watershed Workshop at UM-Missoula, Contact MT Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) for details.

    April 19-20 -- Clark Fork Basin Council meeting at UM-Missoula--all watershed citizens invited. Agenda... RSVP here...Contact MWCC.

    April 20-24-- Walk Through Time Exhibit on UM campus. Free.

    April 20--UM's Sustainaganza on the Oval--tabling, activities, music, tours. Contact UM Student Involvement Network

    April 21-- SuperFUNd Run in Bonner (link) 6pm

                    Missoula Art Park Dedication (link)  4:30-7:30pm

    April 22 --Earth Service Day & Ecopentathalon (check back for updates)

          8:45am-noon-- Teller Wildlife Refuge work day (fence removal, weeding, nesting platforms). Info/volunteer: email Lauren

          9:30am-1:30pm -- Missoula Art Park events (link) 

          10am-12:30--Missoula Parks & Rec's Run for Trees (link)  $ for tree$

          10am-1pm--Clark Fork river cleanup @ Caras Park (link)

           1-5pm--Wildlife Habitat Gardens Tour, UM Native American Center.  $10

           1-3pm--Rally & March for Science from Caras Park along the Clark Fork (link)

           2-5pm–Tree planting, Milltown State Park, meet at bluff overlook, email Mike, FWP

           3-7pm--MUD's Earth Day celebration (link) @ Free Cycles 

           7-10pm--UM FLAT celebration @ Free Cycles

            6pm -- Global Gauntlet (fundraiser for MT World Affairs Council)

           Ecopentathalon -- ride your bike to help at 4 of the above.  More info:  email Vicki

     April 21-22 -- Kyiyo Pow Wow, UM Adams Center

     April 23--DIG DAY--help put food gardens in Missoula yards. Noon to 4pm; Meet at Caras Park. Contact 1000 New Gardens 

                  AERO's Expo, details to follow

April 28 (Friday)

Bitterroot Water Symposium, April 28 (8:40 to 4pm) at Bitterroot College of UM in Hamilton. Details to follow. Info: email  or call 406-375-0100

April 29 (Saturday)

Missoula People's Climate Solidarity March and Rally (link). 4/29, 1-3pm.  Meet at Higgins Bridge and march to XXX's for rally.

Volunteer Day at Slant Street Pocket Park--weeding & planting. WHEN: 4/29, 1-4pm; WHERE: Mount & Plymouth, near Rose Park, Msl.

Grand Opening of Ft. Missoula Regional Park (link to more info) 4/29

Forestry Day at Ft Missoula (follow link & scroll down to Forestry Day info), 4/29.

May 4 (Thursday)

Climate Smart Meet-up (link) on Local Food & Ag. All welcome. WHEN: May 4, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation  at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula

May 7 (Sunday)

Know Your Farmer Children's Festival (link). Connecting families to food sources. food, fun, animals, games, music. Fundraiser for Spirit at Play. $10/adult; kids Free. WHEN: May 7 from 1-4pm; WHERE: 621 Stephens Avenue, Missoula

May 11

MT Native Plant Society spring potluck-- all welcome. WHEN: May 11 at 6:30pm; WHERE: Pineview Park Pavilion in Missoula. Will enjoy wildflowers along the creek.

May 20 (Sat)

Five Valley Land Trust annual Banquet (fundraiser) -- live & silent auction, music, dinner, friends. WHEN: May 20 at 5:30pm;  WHERE: UM's UC Ballroom.  Tickets: $50. Call 406-549-0755 or  visit our website

May 21-26

American Fisheries Society Western Division meets in Missoula, MT. THEME: Change and Continuity: Celebrating 50 years of Fisheries in the West. Meetings are May 22-25, with field trips before & after.  Click here for meeting web site. 

May 26-28

MT Audubon's tour of Centennial Valley-Red Rocks Lake. Click here to learn more or reserve your spot! You may also reach us at 406.443.3949 or 

June 5-7 -- Water Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta

June 9-11

Montana Audubon's Wings Across the Big Sky Festival. Great Falls. Celebrates 40 years of MT Audubon and focuses on the Missouri River Corridor. Registration starts in March. For more info, contact

June 12-16

Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos. Special guests: Steven Running, Noam Chomsky, George Monbiot, Derrick Jensen, Bill McKibben, Winona LaDuke, John Holloway, Nancy Holmstrom, Richard Smith, Gloria Munoz Ramirez, Bill Bigelow, Elias Pena Diaz, and many more.  A call for forming Critical Thinking Communities to ask critical questions on steps to address climate chaos and other human society problems. Organized by Big Sky High's Free Us from Climate Chaos group <--Contact for more info.

June 21 (Wed)

Paul Simon Concert Benefits Biodiversity. June 21 in Missoula @ Ogren Park at Allegiance Field. Full story here.

June 26-July 2--Strawbale Construction workshop in Floweree, MT. Email Corrie at AERO for info

Check back later

August 22-26

7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control,  Big Sky Resort, MT (40 miles south of Bozeman). Global conference on the use of wetlands for water quality improvement.  Program focused on domestic wastewater treatment wetlands, urban stormwater wetlands and bio-swales, riparian wetland restoration, wetlands in agricultural settings and wetland biogeochemistry is planned. Field trips to explore examples of constructed, restored and unique natural wetlands and riparian areas in the region

Aug 24-27

2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Flathead Valley.  Check back for details.

September 25-27

2017 Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Conference, Choteau, MT