Conservation Calendar 2020

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often. Email your event notices to vicki.watson@umontana.edu.

2020

January 18 (Saturday)

2020 Montana Women's March in Helena (facebook page)  Theme: Put a Woman in Charge. Jan 18, noon to 2:30 pm in Helena's Memoral Park.  Rally followed by march to capitol.  More info, contact Frank

Bird Walk at Metcalf Wildlife Refuge with 5 Valleys Audubon. Free. Dress for the weather, bring water & snack. Meet at Visitor Center (4567 Wild Fowl lane) at 10 am. Walk is 10 am to noon. Contact Larry Weeks  406-549-5632

January 19 (Sunday)

Glacial Lake Missoula and the Ice Age Floods. Free public talk by Lynne Dickman, retired US Forest Service Geologist. Jan 19 at 2 pm at St Ann Catholic Church, in Bonner.

January 21 (Tuesday)

Montana Watershed Coordination Council annual meeting, Helena. Registration and full agenda here.

Plan(t) the seeds of this year's gardens -- 1000 New Gardens (link) invites you to a potluck. Bring a dish to share and your ideas for spring workshops. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 21 at 7 pm in UM's FLAT (633 S 5th E). For more info, contact 1000NewGardens@gmail.com

Trap Release Workshop -- Learn trapping regulations, how to avoid traps, how to release your companion animal from a trap, first aid, and what to carry with you.  Jan 21, 7-9 pm at Humane Society of Western MT. More info on Footloose MT's facebook page.

Jan 22 (Wed)

Learn about Eagle research on MPG wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot. Observe capture & banding of eagles and hear an overview of research on eagle migrations. Jan 22, 11 am - 3 pm. Limited space. For more info, contact  jlisbon@mpgranch.com

Public Open House on Missoula's draft Climate Resiliency Plan. Learn about  & comment on the plan. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 22, 11:30 to 1:30 pm & 4-6 pm, Missoula County Courthouse (Sophie Moiese Room). Another open house on Jan 24. Comments due by Feb 3.   The full plan can be seen at Climate Ready Missoula site.

Understanding Homelessness along our rivers. Three Rivers Collaborative works to improve river health near Missoula while addressing challenges like homeless encampments. They will meet with reps from Poverello Center and local law enforcement. All welcome. Jan 22, 4 - 5:30 pm at MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, 3201 Spurgin Road, Msl.

Beekeeping 101 -- MUD (Missoula Urban Demo project) offers a series of workshops to help those interested in BEEcoming an Urban Beekeepers.  The introductory workshop is Jan 22 from 6-8 pm in Home Resource Community Room (1515 Wyoming).  Additional information will be provided in workshops in Feb, March & May. Workshop registration here.

Planning for On-Farm Success workshop series . Wednesdays (5:30-8:30 pm) from now to Feb 26.  Offered by Missoula County Extension at 2825 Sante Fe Ct, MIssoula. More info and registration here.

January 23 (Thursday)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustainability Efforts by Missoula City/County. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm now through May 7 in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122. Learn how UM and Missoula city/county government, nonprofits and businesses are working together to create a more sustainable society. And how you can help   Lecture series schedule here... More info here...All Welcome. Also available for UM credit.  For syllabus, email request here.

January 24 (Friday)

Public Open House on Missoula's draft Climate Resiliency Plan. Learn about  & comment on the plan. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 22, 11:30 to 1:30 pm, Missoula City Council Chambers. Comments due by Feb 3. The full plan can be seen at Climate Ready Missoula site.

January 28 (Tuesday)

Climate Conversations --the first in a series of monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in  Missoula. First gathering will address: Working through climate grief to climate action. Penelope Baquero  First United Methodist, 300 E MainMore information here.

January 29-30 -- Upper Columbia Conservation Commission meets near Kalispell to plan Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) management actions for the coming season. AIS monitoring workshop on Jan 30. at Flathead Electric Cooperative, 2510 Hwy 2. Evergreen, MT. Interested citizens welcome.

January 30 (Thursday)

Earth Day 2020 planning with Families for  a Livable Climate and Sunrise Missoula. Help plan a great 50th birthday for Earth Day in Missoula.  Jan 30 from 4 - 5:30 pm in Missoula Public Library. All welcome.

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustainable Shelter initiatives in Missoula. Jan 30, 7 to 8:30 pm, location TBDLearn how UM and Missoula city/count, nonprofits and businesses are working together to create a more sustainable society. And how you can help. Lecture series schedule here... More info here...All Welcome. Also available for UM credit For syllabus, email request here.

Feb 6 (Thurs)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustainable Transportation initiatives. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm now through May 7 in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122. Lecture series schedule here... More info here.... All Welcome. Also available for UM credit For syllabus, email request here.

Feb 12 (Wed)

20 years of conservation & restoration of Plum Creek lands in western MT. Free public talk by Steve Kloetzel, Nature Conservancy. Part of a monthly series of ecological restoration talks on 2nd Wednesdays (Feb 12, 6-8 pm) at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla. Access recordings or pdfs of past pub talks here. 

Feb 13 (Thursday)

Montana's Orchids -- Clare Beelman shares pictures and stories of these treasures at meeting of the Montana Native Plant Society. All welcome. Feb 13 at 7 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09.

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustainable Food initiatives. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm now through May 7 in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122. Lecture series schedule here... More info here... All welcome.

Feb 14-23 -- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula -- many films address environmental, conservation, peace & justice themes.

Feb 19 (Wed)

Big Climate Change Event --What can & must be done & how you can help.  Sponsored by Missoula City/County, UM and Climate Smart.  Feb 19, 7 pm at Missoula's Wilma Theater. More info here.

Feb 20 (Thursday)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustaining Our Water & Air. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm now through May 7 in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122. Lecture series schedule here... More info here... All welcome.

Feb 22-23 -- Sunrise Missoula Orientation Training (link). Join the fight for a just and sustainable future. Register by Feb 8. TIMES: Saturday 9am-8pm; Sunday 9am-6pm 

Feb 25 (Tues)

Climate Conversations --monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in Missoula. This gathering will address: The Journey of the Universe & Human Response. Led by Dan Spencer of UM Environmental Studies. Location St Paul's Lutheran (202 Brooks).  More information here.

February 25-28 --Celebrating Fish Diversity in Montana-- Annual meeting of Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society in Kalispell -- info & registration here.

Feb 27 (Thurs)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustainable Energy initiatives. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm now through May 7 in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122. Lecture series schedule here... More info here....  All Welcome

Feb 29 (Saturday)  Leap Year !

Annual Banquet & Auction of Westslope chapter of Trout Unlimited.

 March 3-4 -- Montana Water Summit -- at the Confluence of Land and Water, in Helena. Info on the Montana Water Summit will be here when available.

March 5 (Thurs)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Zero Waste initiatives. Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm now through May 7 in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122. Lecture series schedule here... More info here....

March 7 (Saturday)

Free the Seeds Fair  Real seeds, foods & skills. March 7, 9 am to 3:30 pm at Flathead Valley Community College, Arts & Technology Building, Kalispell. More info on the fair here.

March 10-12 -- Crown Managers Partnership Forum -- Fire in the Crown, Cranbrook, BC

March 11 (Wed)

Can we combine forest restoration AND adaptation? -- free public talk by Diana Six, UM entomologist.  Part of a monthly series of ecological restoration talks on Second Wednesdays (March 11, 6-8 pm) at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla. Access recordings or pdfs of past pub talks here. 

Rattlesnake Creek from top to bottom. Rob Roberts of TU and Ladd Knotek of MT FWP describe the transformation of Rattlesnake Creek. March 11 at 6:30 pm at Missoula's Double Tree. Monthly meeting of Westslope Chapter of Trout Unlimited, but all welcome.

March 11-13 -- Association of Montana Floodplain Managers annual conference. Kalispell, MT

March 12 (Thursday)

Rocky Mountain medicinal/edible plants -- Herbalist Elaine Sheff shares pictures and stories of these valuable plants at meeting of the Montana Native Plant Society. All welcome. March 12  at 7 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09.

March 24 (Tuesday)

Climate Conversations --monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in Missoula. This gathering will address: Ark for the Anthropocene. Led by Nancy Menning at Har Shalom (3035 S Russell).    More information here.

March 26-28 -- Montana Environmental Education Association annual meeting at Chico Hot Springs

March 30-31 -- Soil Health Innovations Conference, MSU- Bozeman. Theme: Better soil health practices for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. More info, contact Vince Van Meter

APRIL IS EARTH MONTH -- 50th Birth Day of Earth Day!!!

Until the 2020 schedule is available, check out the 2019 schedule for a taste of what may be.

April 8 (Wed)

Riparian vegetation in Lebanon--5000 years of heavy use. Free public talk by Mark Vander Meer, Watershed Consulting. Part of a monthly series of ecological restoration talks on 2nd Wednesdays (April 8,  6-8 pm) at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla. Access recordings or pdfs of past pub talks here. 

April 8-9 -- Plant Conservation Conference in Bozeman.  sponsored by MT Native Plant Society and MT Natural Heritage Program.  Full details on the conference here.  Conference focuses on threats to native plants (including climate change) and strategies to conserve our state's natural heritage. All plant lovers welcome.

April 9 (Thursday)

Wildflower Art -- local artists show & tell.  April 9 at 7 pm at MT Natural History Center, Msla.

April 17-18 -- Reimagining School Lunch Innovation Lab --  join others in strategizing how to get more local foods into school lunch programs. Hosted by Cultivating Connections MT. Located at Sleeping Child Hot Springs in the Bitterroot Valley.  Information & registration here.

April 18-- Earth Service Day

Clark Fork River Cleanup, sponsored by Clark Fork Coalition. Details to follow

April 18-25 -- International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula (link)

April 21-23 -- Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science -- hosted by MT Natural Resource Damage Program working to restore the upper Clark Fork River. April 21-23 at Fairmont Hot Springs, MT.  Website will be here

April 25 -- Earth Day Celebration at MUD

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project hosts 50th Earth Day Festival. Details to follow.

April 28 (Tuesday)

Climate Conversations --monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in Missoula. This gathering will address: Native Worldviews and Direct Action. Led by Rosalyn LaPier of UM Environmental Studies at Atonement Lutheran (2205 34 th St).    More information here.

April 28-29 -- UM School of Music presents Project Earth, an interdisciplinary collaboration on Fire & Climate Change, featuring UM's Symphonic Wind Ensemble.  on April 28 in Music Recital Hall; on April 29 in Dennison Theater. 7:30 pm both nights.

May 13 (Wed)

Engineered log jams restore ecological structure/function in Entiat River. Free public talk by Patrick Hurley, ICF Jones & Stokes. Part of a monthly series of ecological restoration talks on second Wednesdays (May 13, 6-8 pm) at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla. Access recordings or pdfs of past pub talks here. 

 May 26 (Tues)

Climate Conversations --monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in Missoula. This gathering will address: Poetry & Art: needed outlet and inspiration. Led by Gary Hawk at University Congregational Church/United Church of Christ (405 University Avenue).    More information here.

June 5-7 -- Montana Audubon's annual Bird Festival-- Wings Across the Big Sky. Lewistown
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Oct 14-16 -- Montana Watershed Symposium, Butte  Theme: Summit to Stream: Connecting People, Water, and Forests