The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Email notices here. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often.
Sept 25 (Monday)
Screening of SheWolf -- documentary on wolves by Bob Landis. 7pm at the Roxy, 718 S. Higgins, Missoula.
Sept 26 -- World Contraception Day
Sept 27 (Wed)
Peace Park Planting Day -- help plant native plants in Jeannette Rankin Peace Park (600 block of South 5th East in Missoula). WHEN: Sept 27, from 3pm until done. Bring gloves & gardening tools. More info, contact Missoula Parks email@example.com
followed at 5pm by a tour of UM FLAT right across the street (633 S 5th St E). The FLAT is UM's demonstration site for sustainable urban living.
Director of EcoViva speaks on community efforts to save Mangrove Forests in El Salvadore.WHEN/WHERE: Sept 27 at 4pm; UM's Davidson Honors College
Director of EcoViva explains their mission in Central America-- restore a civil society based on sustainability and justice. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 27 at 7pm at the Natural History Center (120 Hickory, Missoula).
Sept 28 (Thursday)
Building social capacity for restoration success: Clark Fork River. a talk by Libby Metcalf, UM, followed by discussion. Hosted by Society for Ecological Restoration. WHEN: Sept 28, 6-8pm; WHERE: Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula.
Sept 29 (Friday)
Help build a trail through UM's newest native garden. WHEN: Sept 29, 2-7pm (or any part of that time); WHERE: UM's Natural Sciences greenhouse. More info, contact Kelly
Sept 30 (Saturday)
Stream restoration work day on Bitterroot River E. Fork. Plant native shrubs. Lunch provided. Sept 30, 9am to 4pm; Meet in Hamilton and carpool to site. To sign up, email Julia.
Public Land Day service projects in Missoula (link) Help with Trail work on Pattee Canyon conservation Lands, led by Missoula Parks. Lunch& tools provided. Bring water & work gloves. Catch a shuttle to the site starting at 8:30 am from Shadow's Keep lot (102 Ben Hogan Dr). More info: email Tyler Decker or , email Josh or call 406-728-2720 RSVP here
Compost Comedy -- open mike for jokes and live music (warning, audience is armed with tomatoes). $5 Suggested donation. Sign up to perform and get in FREE! Tip: wear clothing that can get... saucy. WHEN: Opens at 6pm // Open Mic/Comedy at 7:30 // Holy Smokes &the Godforsaken Rollers close out the night! WHERE: FreeCycles, 732 S 1st St W,
Montana Natural History Center's annual banquet & auction at UM's UC Ballroom. More info on MNHC here
October 2 (Monday)
October 5 (Thursday)
A Taste of Tea and Sustainability. Learn about Bitaco, a tea farm in Columbia, devoted to sustainable ag and community development. WHEN: Oct 5, from 5-7pm; WHERE: Public House (130 E. Broadway, next door to Lake Missoula Tea Company). Suggested donation $5
October 6 (Friday)
Sneak preview of Home Resource Benefit Auction items. WHERE: Florence Hotel Lobby, Msla. Auction is Nov 4.
October 7 (Saturday)
Fall gathering at the Moon-Randolph Homestead (historic park in Missoula's north hills). Soup, cider making, live music. family friendly. Tickets at the gate $15/adult; $7/kid. benefits the homestead. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 7, 4-10pm; 1515 Spurlock Rd, Missoula.
October 8 (Sunday)
People's Forest Project fundraiser. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 8 from 3-8pm; Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula
Oct 9 (Monday)
Effects of 2017 fires on Montana birds -- how did our birds cope with this summer's heat and fires? Hear from Amy Cilimburg of Climate Smart Missoula at Five Valley Audubon's monthly meeting. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 9 at 7pm in room 123 of UM Gallagher Business Building. All welcome.
October 11 (Wednesday)
WildEarth Guardians invites you to hear about latest programs and meet new Conservation Director. WHEN: Oct 11, 6-8pm; WHERE: Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula. RSVP/more info, email Caitlin or call 505-819-1060.
Public Land Law Conference at UM Energy, Environment & Empowerment in a New Era. includes tour of Clark Fork superfund sites, panels/keynotes on Water, Wind, Wildlife, Sustainable energy development, public land management and more. Free, but please register in advance to help our planning. Register and full agenda here.
October 14 (Saturday)
Grand opening of the Lincoln Community River Park. Refreshments, entertainment. Oct 14 from 11am to 2pm; Park is 0.7 miles south of Lincoln on Stemple Pass Road (map).
October 15 (Sunday)
Clark Fork River cleanup through downtown Missoula (10am to noon). Toast the river afterwards at Western Cider. Meet at 10 am at 501 N. California Street, Missoula.
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center annual Peace Party/fundraiser. Oct 15, 3-7pm at Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building
American Water Resources Association (MT Chapter) meets in Helena. The theme is, Science, Policy, & Communication: The role of science in a changing world, and the conference will offer a special workshop on October 18 to explore how scientists communicate with the public. To see suggested abstract topics and how to apply, click here. Abstract deadline extended to Aug 1.
Alternative Energy Resource Organization (AERO) EXPO & annual meeting (link) in Butte, Keynotes: Holistic Land Management; Democratizing the Energy System. Tours: Off-grid food systems; Butte Mines.
Oct 21 (Saturday)
Bird walk at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. 10am to noon. Meet at Refuge visitor center.
Oct 25-26 -- Managing Salt Cedar & Russian Olive along MT waterways (link to info & registration). Great Falls. WHEN: Oct 25, 1-5pm; Oct 26, 8am to noon; WHERE: MT Electric coop, Great Falls
Oct 28 (Saturday)
All day birding trip to Brown's Lake to see scoters and loons. Meet in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 am. Five Valleys Audubon welcomes all.
Nov 4 (Friday)
Home Resource 7th Annual Banquet and Benefit Auction (link). Nov 4 at the Wilma in Missoula.
All day birding trip to Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. Meet in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 am. Five Valleys Audubon welcomes all.
Nov 6-7, Montana Forest Collaborative Network Workshop in Missoula (link), Assisting collaboration in forest and grassland restoration, conservation and resource utilization—for the benefit of all.
Nov 29 (Wed)
Jan 29-Feb 2
American Fisheries Society (MT Chapter) annual meeting at the Copper King Hotel, in Butte. Jan 29-Feb 2
Montana Water Summit -- Water in a Changing West, March 6-8. Hosted by MT DNRC. check back for info
Association of MT Floodplain Managers Conference, Great Falls, March 6-8. For more info, email Larry Schock or call 406-542-5885.
April 2018 -- looking ahead
April is Earth Month! 2017 schedule displayed as example until 2018 schedule is ready
April 15-22 -- EARTH WEEK Special Earth Week message here
HIGHLIGHTS from 2017 below ... Detailed 2017 Schedule here
April 15-22-- International Wildlife Film Festival (link), Missoula
April 21 (Sat) --EARTH Service DAY & Ecopentathalon
3-7pm--MUD's Earth Day celebration (link) @ Free Cycles
Ecopentathalon--bike/walk to help at 4 of the above. More info: email Vicki
April 22 (Sunday)-- EARTH DAY