Conservation Calendar

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Email notices here. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often. Note that underlined text is a link to website or email.


All of February - Clear the Air Challenge in Missoula

Feb 16 to Feb 24 - Big Sky Film Festival, Missoula   

Now until April 5 - Advanced Birding Workshop

Thursdays, 7-9:30 pm at Fish Wildlife & Parks office on Spurgin Rd. Msla. $15/session or $70 for all 7. More info: email Larry. 

Feb 24 (Sat)

All day Birding field trip to Mission Valley. Meet in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot at 7:50am. Sponsored by 5 Valleys Audubon.

Blacksmithing 101 workshop info   Feb 24, 9am-4pm. Offered by MUD

View Winter Raptors with Denver Holt - spend the morning on bird ID skills then head to the Mission Valley to see many species of raptors.  Meet at Montana Natural History Center (120 Hickory, Msl), travel by bus to field site. Dress for weather, bring lunch & water, binoculars & bird book. Feb 24, 8am to 4pm. Cost: $80. Call 327-0405 for info. REGISTER HERE.

Caring for Creation - meet Pastor Tri Robinson, author/activist at these times: Sat, Feb. 24, 7pm: Keynote Address by Tri: “Creation Care & the Christian Church” followed at 8 PM by Panel Discussion;  University Center Theater, UM.

Sustainable Farm Law 101, Feb 24, Advanced Farm Law, Feb 25. Learn more and Register Now for $40 per workshop or $70 for the whole weekend, includes breakfast and lunch.

Montana Farmers Union Women's conference,Fairmont Hot Springs, through the 25th.

Feb 27 (Tues)

UM Sustainability Lecture Series begins  - "Sustainability Efforts on Campus" - Noon at UC 330.

Feb 28 (Thurs)

Creating a Fire Resilient Community, Rice Ridge Recap. 6:30-8:30pm; Seeley Lake Elementary School.

March 1(Thur)

Growing Food Businesses & Montana's Food Laws workshop (free) offered by AERO . WHEN/WHERE: March 1, 9:30-3pm; Hamilton MT (First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road). Must preregister.

Women in Wilderness -- a twice a month conversation with women who work in wilderness. All welcome. March 1, from 6-7:30 in UM's University Center room 330. Next gathering is March 15.

March 3 (Sat)

Free the Seeds -- lots of workshops, seeds, seed lovers, vendors, nonprofits. Kid friendly. WHEN/WHERE: March 3, 9am- 3:30pm @ Flathead Community College, 777 Grandview, Kalispell. 

March 5 (Mon)

Screening of  Age of Consequences -- examines how climate change increases resource scarcity, threatens infrastructure, destablizes society, leading to wars and refugees.  WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 5, 7 pm, The Roxy, 718 S Higgins Ave, Missoula .

March 6-8

Montana Water Summit - Water in a Changing West, March 6-8 in Helena. Hosted by MT DNRC. Public invited. Early bird registration ends Feb 5

Association of MT Floodplain Managers Conference, Great Falls, March 6-8.  For more info, email Larry Schock or call 406-542-5885.

March 9 (Fri)

Montana Conservation Voters annual celebration, March 9 in Helena.

March 14 (Wed)

Films & talk on Cuatro Cienegas, an enchanting valley of Mexico, March 14 - Dr. Valeria Souza (National Autonomous University of Mexico) will speak on the Aquatic Ecology of the Cuatro Cienegas ecosystem March 14 at 4pm in UM’s Interdisciplinary Science Building  110. And beautiful films of this unique ecosystem will be shown at 7pm in UM’s  North Underground Lecture Hall (free).

March 15 (Thur)

Cultural and Ecological Relationships of Indigenous Peoples and plants of Mt Ranier. MT Native Plant Society. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: March 15, 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building room L09.

March 20-22 -- MPG Wildlife Ranch annual research conference. All welcome. Free. WHEN/WHERE: March 20-22, 8am-5pm; Holiday Inn downtown Missoula

March 22-24 -- Montana Environmental Education Association annual meeting (link), Great Falls.

March 29 (Thur)

Global Water Crisis & Solutions-- Montana World Affairs Council invites everyone to see videos made by local high school students and hear panel of local experts. WHEN/WHERE: March 29, 7 to 9pm at Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins, Missoula

April is Earth Month! 

April 11 (Wed)

International Conference on the Columbia River(past/future)--focuses on the Basin’s dam-building era, consequences for rivers in western Montana, and opportunities to protect these waters in a time of climate change. WHEN/WHERE: April 11, 8am-5pm at University of Montana. Free & Open to the public

April 12 (Thur)

Share your favorite wildflower photos. Montana Native Plant Society. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE:  April 12 at 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building room L09.

April 14 (Sat)

March for Science events will be on this day. Check back later for details.

April 15-22:  EARTH WEEK   Special Earth Week message here 

2018 schedule will be here when available, meanwhile see 2017 Schedule here

April 14-22International Wildlife Film Festival (link), Missoula

April 16-17 -- Clark Fork Kootenai River Basins Council meets at UM.

April 21 (Sat):  Earth Service Day & Ecopentathalon (more info coming)

     10am-1pmClark Fork river cleanup (link)

     Ecopentathalon--bike/walk to help at 4 service events.  Email for More info

April 22 (Sunday)  -- Earth Day Celebration hosted by Missoula Urban Demo Project

April 25 (Wed)

Northwest Energy Coalition "Clean and Affordable Energy Conference" - Membership meeting 8:30 to 11:00 - Main Conference 11:00 - 5. 


May 15-17Conference for Montana Water Quality Professionals in Missoula

Theme: Working together to protect Montana's water (with a special focus on invasive mussels).

May 17-18: Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring Workshop


June 29-July1 - Montana Native Plant Society annual meeting, June 29-July 1 in Lincoln, MT. Many fieldtrips to see wildflower shows.

coming soon

October 10-12-- Montana Watershed Symposium, Whitefish, MT. Details will be on Montana Watershed Coordination Council web site.
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