Conservation Calendar

The Conservation Calendar of western Montana is maintained by the University of Montana Environmental Studies program. Updated daily. Refresh/Reload often. Email notices here. 

2018

Oct 15 (Monday)

Open Space for Missoula -- yes or no for the new open space bond. Missoula City Club debate at the Double Tree Hotel (info here), Oct 5, 11:30-1pm . 

Oct 15-19 - Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes. – joint conference of Society for Ecological Restoration NW Chapter and Society of Wetland Scientists Pacific NW,  Spokane, WA.

Oct 15 & 16 -- Help pull weeds out of wildlife habitat near Missoula (Sawmill Gulch & Grant Creek). Hike two miles on steep hillsides, cutting seed heads from weeds; pack seeds out in bags. For more info, email Bert or call 406-396-0567

October 16 (Tuesday)

Help monitor the Fall Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot Valley at MPG Ranch. Bring binoculars, lunch/water & dress for the weather. Oct 16 from 11am -3pm. To determine space availability and get directions, RSVP to  : jlisbon@mpgranch.com or
406-396-6285. There will be similar opportunities on 10/18, 10/23.

MontPIRG Fireside Gathering -- join MontPIRG for an evening of fun, food, hot chocolate and discussion of upcoming elections & ballot initiatives. Donations of any size gratefully accepted to support MontPIRG's efforts. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 16, 5:30-8:30pm at River Road Farm (1657 River Road), Msla. Facebook event page for the Fireside Gathering.

Past, Present & Future of Wilderness Study Areas. A discussion led by Casey Perkins of MT Wilderness Association. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 16, 7-9pm at GoodWorks, 129 W. Alder, Missoula.

Oct 17 (Wed)

Help restore Skalkaho Creek in the Bitterroot. Collect willow cuttings for planting along the creek. To help, contact Mark at 406-370-8578 or streambasics@cybernet1.com

Oct 17-20 -- Collaborative Science -- annual meeting of the MT Chapter of American Water Resources Association (info here). West Yellowstone Holiday Inn.

Oct 18 (Thurs)

Missoula Downtown Master Plan Community Kickoff.  Help create the 10 year vision for Missoula's downtown. There will be an in-depth presentation on suggestions by consultants, and your feedback is requested. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 18, 5:30-7pm at the Wilma (131 S. Higgins). For more info on this process, click here  or call 406-543-4238 or email info@missouladowntown.com

 Oct 20 (Sat)

Bird Walk at Lee Metcalf Refuge in the Bitterroot. 10am to noon. Meet at visitor center.

Missoula's Clean Energy Expo in Caras Park (info here)  Oct 20, 11am to 3pm. FREE!

UM FLAT's    Harvest Party, Oct 20 from 2-6pm at 633 S 5th St E (by UM). Delicious soup ($7), cider, pies, music, raffle. If you bring a pie, you get free soup. More info, contact Adrianne

FUNdraising party for 1000 New Gardens & Free Cycles, Oct 20, 6-10pm, 732 1st St W. Homemade food, drink, music/dance. $5 dinner; $8 dinner & drink. 

Oct 21 (Sunday)

Tweed Ride -- see how elegant travel by bike can be. Oct 21, 1:30-5pm starting at Free Cycles Missoula.

Pumpkin Run -- benefits energy efficiency measures at the Missoula Public Library. See Climate Smart calendar.

Oct 22 (Monday)

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets. All welcome.  Oct 22, 2-3pm in UM Campus Rec conference room. For more info, contact Eva.

Oct 23 (Tuesday)

Help monitor the Fall Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot Valley at MPG Ranch. Bring binoculars, lunch/water & dress for the weather. Oct 23 from 11am -3pm. To determine space availability and get directions, RSVP to  : jlisbon@mpgranch.com or
406-396-6285.

Oct 24 (Wed)

Crunch Time -- celebrate local food by crunching a local apple at 2pm on Oct 24.

1000 New Gardens invites you to a pumpkin workshop, Oct 24, 6 to 8pm,  at the Foodshed (516 North Avenue E, Msla). All welcome.

Oct 25 (Thurs)

Help restore Cameron Creek in the Bitterroot valley. Help install browse protectors to reduce overgrazing of streamside plantings. To help, contact Aissa at 406-375-2272 or bswc.member@brwaterforum.org

October 26 (Friday)

Family Nature Walk at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge -- Oct 26, 10 am to noon. Meet at the Visitor Center. More info, email Annie

Oct 26-28 - Seeds of Sustainability in the Garden City -- Alternative Energy Resource Organization’s annual meeting and expo – featuring keynote speaker Miguel Altieri in Missoula. Info on AERO meeting here

Oct 27 (Saturday)

Used book sale at Montana Natural History Center-- get some field guides & nature classics. Proceeds used to improve the library. Oct 27 from noon to 4pm at 120 Hickory St. Msla.

Oct 28 (Sunday)

All day field trip to Brown's Lake to look for waterfowl. Meet at 8:50 am in UM Adams Center parking lot to carpool. Led by 5 Valleys' Audubon.

Oct 30 (Tuesday)

Help get Jeannette Rankin Peace Park ready for winter -- weeding, spread mulch. More info at 406-543-3955. Or just show up on Oct 30, 3:30-5:30pm at the Park (600 block of S 5th St E, near UM). 

Tour of MPG wildlife conservation ranch in the Bitterroot. Learn about current research & management projects and future goals. Bring water & dress for hiking. Limited space, so for space availability and directions, RSVP to: jlisbon@mpgranch.com or
406-396-6285.

The Changing Nature of Conservation in a Humanized World -- a public talk by Dr. David Western of the African Conservation Center in Kenya.  WHEN/WHERE: Oct 30 at 7pm in UM's University Center Theater (3rd floor).  Cost $5 (free to students with student ID).

Nov 3 (Saturday)

All day field trip to Lee Metcalf wildlife refuge to look for waterfowl. Meet at 8:50 am in UM Adams Center parking lot to carpool. Led by 5 Valleys' Audubon.

Nov 7 (Wed)

Soil Moisture Education Workshop (Free).  Why & how to measure soil moisture and how to access Montana soil moisture online database. Lunch provided. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 7, 9am-4pm; UM Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Co-hosts:  MT Climate Office, MSU Extension, MT Institute on Ecosystems. Questions: contact Kevin Hyde, Montana Mesonet Coordinator, kevin.hyde@mso.umt.edu or (406) 546-2109. FREE but Registration is required here.

Nov 8 (Thursday)

Medicinal plants of the Northern Cheyenne & Blackfeet. Free talk hosted by MT Native Plant Society. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 8 at 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09.

Nov 10-11 -- 1000 New Gardens Dig Days. help put neighborhood gardens to bed. Details will be here.

Nov 13-15 -- Montana Association of Conservation Districts annual convention, Billings

 Nov 15-16 -- Montana Invasive Species Council Summit, Helena... Summit's draft agenda here.... Registration here.

Dec 6-8 -- Missoula Organic Association annual meeting, Great Falls. Contact jamie.lockman@kamut.com or (406) 546-6572

January 14 (Monday)

Flora & Fauna of Iceland & Greenland. Free talk hosted by MT Native Plant Society. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 14, 7pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 123. 

Check back later
March 13-15 -- Montana Large Lakes Conference -- Emerging Issues in Lake Science and Management.  Whitefish MT.  Check back for details. Some info here.

April is Earth Month!

April 14-22: EARTH WEEK 2018....Special Earth Message 

Note: 2018 info presented as an example until the 2019 info available. 

Highlights of Earth Week 2018 ......  More Details & Events here.