Conservation Calendar 2019

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 here. 


 Dec 4-5 -- Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Summit, in Helena at Carroll College.  Info and registration here. Registration closes Nov 15.

Dec 4-5 -- Montana Grizzly Bear Advisory Council meets at UM.  8am to 5pm each day in UM's University Center room 330.  Open to the Public.

Dec 5 (Thursday)

Faith and Climate Action meets to plan 2020 events. All welcome. Dec 5, noon at Emmaus House (532 University Ave, Msla).

Our changing winter weather and how to adapt to it. Let's Talk Water and the Clark Fork Coalition invite everyone to share this discussion, led by local water scientists, of how to make our community and the earth systems we depend on more resilient.  Dec 5 at 6pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St, Msla.

Dec 6 (Friday)

Climate Strike Missoula -- stand in solidarity with local families and strikers world  wide. Dec 6 at noon at Missoula County Courthouse, 220 W.Broadway.


Montana Watershed Coordination Council strategic planning meeting. Dec 6 from 1 to 4 pm at Goodworks Ventures, 129 W. Alder, Msla. Open to the public.

Clark Fork Coalition Holiday Party. All welcome. Free food, fun, friends. Dec 6, 5 to 9 pm at Coalition offices (140  S 4th W, Msla).

Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party. All welcome. Dec 6, 5 pm. 120 HIckory St, Msla.

MT Natural History Center  Open House   4:30-6:30 pm at 120 Hickory Street, Msla

Dec 7 (Saturday)

Hike to Jerry Johnson hotsprings with 1000 New Gardens. Relax after a successful gardening season, elect a new co-president. All welcome. Meet Dec 7 at 10am at UM FLAT (633 S 5th St E, Msla) to carpool; back by 5pm. Full details here.

Fixit Clinic at Home Resource -- coaching & tools provided to FIX IT -- with sewing machines, appliance repair tools, 3-D printer. Registration encouraged here.  More Fixit info here.

Dec 7-9 -- Montana Organic Association Annual Meeting, in Bozeman

Dec 8 (Sunday)

All-day field trip to the Mission Valley to see wintering raptors. Led by 5 Valleys Audubon. Meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot to carpool.

Screening of Wild & Green-- Environmental Shorts. Short films on environment, sustainability and all things wild. Proceeds from tickets benefit IWFF. Dec 8, 2:30-3:45 pm at the Roxy Theater in Missoula. Buy tickets here.

Dec 9 (Monday)

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets Dec 9  at 1 pm in UM's Campus Recreation Conference room (2nd floor, NE corner of Campus recreation building). All Welcome.

Public Service Commission accepts public comments on Northwestern Energy's 20 year Resource Plan. Dec 9 at 1:30 and 5 pm at 1701 Prospect Avenue, Helena (Bollinger room). If you cannot attend, you can send comments to with the subject line “This comment is regarding 2019.08.052.”  Comments are due by January 3.

Partners on the Plate-- brings together farmers and chefs. Dec 9, 5-7 pm, in Missoula. Register here so that profitable pairs can be identified. More info, call CFAC at 406-926-1004. 

The Wild Side of Costa Rica-- Five Valleys Audubon invites you to hear Betsy Ballard present a slideshow on Costa Rica. December 9, 7 - 9 pm in UM's Gallagher Business building rm 122.

Dec 10 (Tuesday) Human Rights Day

Missoula Water Quality Advisory Council meets to discuss policy & projects to improve water quality in the Missoula area. All welcome. Meets on 2nd Tuesdays, 7-9 PM;  City-County Health Dept. (301 W. Alder, Missoula; 2nd floor conference room). For agenda, call 523-4890. 

Dec 11 (Wednesday)

Climate, Carbon and Rural Montana: Renewables, Energy Efficiency as Economic Development. a panel featuring Jim Morton (Human Resource Council), Mark Juedeman (AERO) and Karl Unterschuetz (Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovation Institute): Info: 

Dec 12 (Thursday)

Climate Smart's Year End Celebration. Year end report & next year's plans -- refreshments, raffle, awards.  Dec 12, 5-8 pm at Goodworks, 129 W. Alder, Msla.

Deadline to submit comments on the Environmental Assessment of the Rattlesnake Dam Removal. Info here.

Dec 14 (Sat)

Christmas Bird Count led by 5 Valleys Audubon. To participate, contact Larry at 540-3064 or Help with the field count or be a feeder watcher. More info here.

Dec 16 (Monday)

Screening of Learning to See and more films on small critters. Dec 16, 7:30 pm at the Roxy Theater in Missoula. Proceeds from tickets benefit IWFF   Buy Tickets here.

Dec 16-18 -- Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) meets in Missoula. Open to public. Info here.

Dec 17 (Tues)

Innovating Climate Solutions for Wildlife, a public presentation by Kristy Bly, Senior Wildlife Biologist with World Wildlife Fund. Hosted by Bitterroot Climate Action Group. Dec 17 from 7 to 8:30 pm at USFS offices, 1801 North First Street, Hamilton, MT

Dec 18 (Wed)

Help with Eagle Capture and Banding on wildlife research ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. Volunteers will observe the capture of eagles and assist with banding. To register and for directions, contact Joshua at or 406-396-6285.

Reuse & Upcycling of Ornaments -- workshop offered by MUD (Missoula Urban Demo project). Dec 18, from 6-8 pm in Home Resource Community Room, 1515 Wyoming, Missoula . Info & Tickets here.

January 3 (Friday)

Deadline to send comments to the MT Public Service Commission on Northwestern Energy's 20 year Resource Plan (full plan here). Send comments to with the subject line “This comment is regarding 2019.08.052.”  Comments due January 3.

January 13 (Monday)

Climate Change and how it affects our native plants and animals. Free talk by Kelsey Jensco, MT state climatologist & lead author of Montana's Climate Assessment. Joint meeting of MT Audubon & MT Native Plant Society. All welcome. Jan 13 at 7 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 123.

Jan 15 (Wednesday)

Planning for On-Farm Success workshop series starts. Wednesdays (5:30-8:30 pm) from Jan 15 to Feb 26.  Offered by Missoula County Extension at 2825 Sante Fe Ct, MIssoula. More info and registration here.

January 16 (Thursday)

UM's Seeking Sustainability Lecture Series kicks off. Meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm Jan 16 through May 7 in Gallagher Business Building room 122. All welcome. 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. Available for UM credit (ENST 391/595) or just come to learn and take action. For schedule and/or syllabus, email request here.

January 21 (Tuesday)

Montana Watershed Coordination Council annual meeting, Helena. Details to follow.

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.

January 30 (Thursday)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture series continues with Sustainable Shelter. 7 to 8:30pm, location TBD. 

February 25-28 -- Annual meeting of Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society in Kalispell

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

March 11 (Wed)

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 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 -- 50 year anniversary of Earth Day!!!

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

April 18-- Earth Service Day

Clark Fork River Cleanup. Details to follow

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

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June 5-7 -- Montana Audubon's annual Bird Festival-- Wings Across the Big Sky. Lewistown
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