The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Email notices here. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often.
Nov 24 (Friday) Buy Nothing Day (link to info)
Nov 25 (Saturday)
Rankin Peace Center Holiday open house. Nov 25, 4-7pm, 519 S. Higgins, Missoula
Nov 28 (Tuesday)
Flathead Lake talks at UM -- Tom Bansak of UM's Biostation explains threats to Flathead Lake & efforts to protect the lake. 3 talks focus on different threats to the lake: Impacts of development, mining, climate change (9:30-11am in 203 Rankin Hall) ; Biological Invasions of the Lake (12:30-2pm in 204 Rankin Hall and repeated 3:30-5pm in Social Science 352). Free and all welcome.
Info meeting on removing grizzly bears from Endangered species list (link) -- to prepare to give public comments at meeting of IGBC on Nov 29 (see below). WHEN/WHERE: Nov 28, 5:30-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 Broadway, Missoula. Hosted by Sierra Club, Wilderness Watch and others.
Nov 29 (Wed)
Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee meets in Missoula (link) to discuss removing grizzlies from Endangered species list. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 29, 9am-4pm; public comment accepted at 3pm; Double Tree Inn, 100 Madison St. Missoula
Legalize Democracy -- free showing of documentary on strategies for getting big money out of politics. Followed by snacks & discussion. Sponsored by Missoula Move to Amend. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 29 at 7pm; Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main
Nov 30 (Thursday)
The ecological and economic values of fungi. Cliff Bradley of Montana Microbial Products describes some of the many valuable products being developed from fungi -- products that clean up oil spills, protect crops from pests, and more. Free. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 30 from 12:30-2pm in UM's Rankin Hall room 204.
December 1 (Friday) Holiday Parties !!!
Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party--5-7pm, 120 Hickory St. Suite B, Missoula
Environment Montana's Clean Montana Waters Art Show, 6-9pm at 614 S. Higgins
Kids shop at the Peace Center for fair trade gifts, 5-7pm, 519 S. Higgins
December 3 (Sunday)
Birder field trip (all day) to Mission Valley led by 5 Valleys Audubon. Meet in NW corner of UM Adams Center parking lot at 7:50am.
December 6 (Wed)
Showing of the film Tomorrow (link)-- which highlights solutions to many global problems through community development. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 6, details TBD.
December 7 (Thurs)
Climate Smart Celebration/fundraiser. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 7, 5-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula
December 11 (Monday)
Montana Wilderness Association Holiday Party/Potluck. Dec 11, 6-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula. More info, contact Lee
Golden Eagle Migration talk by Rob Domenech, Exec Director/Founder of Raptor View Research Institute. Free, all welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Dec 11 at 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room 123. Hosted by 5 Valleys Audubon
December 12 (Tuesday)
Bitterroot Water Forum Holiday Party --food & friends, Dec 12, 5:30-7:30pm, Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St.
December 16 (Saturday)
Five Valleys Audubon Christmas Bird Count. To participate in the field count, email Larry a week before.To be a feeder watcher, email Rose. Count will end with an evening potluck where results will be tabulated.
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
2018 schedule will be posted here when available
HIGHLIGHTS from 2017 below as example ... Detailed 2017 Schedule here
April 15-22-- International Wildlife Film Festival (link), Missoula
April 22 (Sat) --EARTH SERVICE DAY & Ecopentathalon (will be April 21, 2018)
10am-1pm--Clark Fork river cleanup (link) (will be April 21, 2018)
3-7pm--MUD's Earth Day celebration (link) @ Free Cycles
Ecopentathalon--bike/walk to help at 4 of the above. More info: email Vicki
Earth Day 2018 will be April 22 (Sunday)
Theme: Working together to protect Montana's water (with a special focus on invasive mussels).