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. 

2019

January 17-18 -- Western MT Grazing & Ag Conference. at Missoula's Double Tree Hotel.

January 18 (Friday)

Help with Eagle capture & banding at wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot Valley (MPG Ranch). Jan 18, 11 am to 3 pm. For more info and to reserve a spot, Contact : jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285. Another volunteer day on Jan 25.

Missoula Master Plan Public Design Workshops .  The final wrap up presentation is Jan 18 from 4-6pm at The Wilma. All welcome

Public hearing on moving Northwestern Energy towards all renewable energy, in Helena. Montana Public Service Commission and MT legislature's energy committees invite the public to speak on this important topic. Hearing is 9 am to noon in state Capitol building.  Carpools leaving Missoula at 6am. For more info & carpooling to hearing, click here.

January 19 (Sat)

Bird Walk at Lee Metcalf Refuge from 10-noon. Meet at the Visitor Center.

January 22 (Tuesday)

Missoula offers Local Government Citizens' Academy -- every Tuesday from Jan 15 to March 5 from 7-9 pm at various locations in Missoula. Learn how to work through your neighborhood association to shape the future of Missoula.  More info on the Academy here.

UM's Wilderness Lecture Series starts. Tuesdays from 7 to 8:20 pm in Gallagher Business Building room 123.  Free and open to the public. Available for UM credit. Theme: Wild Hope --Fearless Risk Takers, Art Makers, Story Tellers on the Wilderness & Conservation Front Lines. Wilderness Lecture Series schedule here

January 23  (Wednesday)

Clean Power for All Rally in Helena join Northern Plains Resource Council, 350 Montana and others in speaking up for creating good jobs and more sustainable future for MT with clean energy. Jan 23 from noon to 1 pm, state capitol building. More info on the rally here.

MontPIRG's 2019 Kickoff. Enjoy free Pizza while learning about key campaigns for the environment & consumer protection. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 23 at 5 pm in UM's University Center Ballroom (3rd floor).

1000 New Gardens meets Wednesdays to plan spring plantings for Missoula food gardens. Wednesdays at 5pm. 1st & 2nd Wednesdays in UM's Rankin Hall; 3rd & 4th Wednesdays at the Food Shed (516 North Ave E).  Email 1000newgardens@gmail.com

UM's Global Public Health Lecture Series continues.  UM's Peace Corps rep speaks on Health Education experiences in the Peace Corps . Jan 23 at 6:30 pm in Gallagher 123.  Lecture Series schedule here.

January 24 (Thursday)

Help with winter tracking of wildlife on wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot Valley (MPG Ranch). Jan 24, 11 am to 3 pm. For more info and to reserve a spot, Contact : jlisbon@mpgranch.com or call  406-396-6285

January 25 (Friday)

Help with Eagle capture and banding at wildlife ranch in the Bitterroot Valley (MPG Ranch). Jan 25, 11 am to 3 pm. For more info and to reserve a spot, Contact : jlisbon@mpgranch.com or call 406-396-6285.

January 26 (Saturday)

Winter Wildlife Tracking course with MT Natural History Center & Swan Valley Connections. Jan 26, 9-5 in the Swan Valley. More info & registration here.

January 28 (Monday)

UM Recycling Committee meets to discuss how to reduce waste at UM through education, procurement practices, etc. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 28, 2-3 pm at UM Facilties Services room 101. Meetings are 3 Mondays .

Montana Climate Action Collective meets alternate Mondays at 3 pm in UM's University Center room 207. All welcome. Let's make a difference for our planet. For info, contact Dan.

Missoula's Mayor Proclamation supporting a US constitutional amendment that says corporations are not people and campaign contributions are not protected free speech. Citizens are invited to express their views. Jan 28 at 7 pm in Missoula City Council chambers at 140 W. Pine. For more info, call/text 406-240-0610 . 

Jan 28-29 -- Montana Watershed Day  & annual meeting of the MT Watershed Coordination Council (info here), at MT State Capitol, Helena.

January 29 (Tues)

Herbarium Night at UM -- get some tips on identifying Saxifrage -- the little rock breaking flower. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 29 at 7 pm in UM's Natural Science (Botany) building room 303.

Missoula offers Local Government Citizens' Academy -- every Tuesday from Jan 15 to March 5 from 7-9 pm at various locations in Missoula. Learn how to work through your neighborhood association to shape the future of Missoula.  More info on the Academy here.

Jan 29-Feb 1 -- Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society meets in Billings (info). Theme: Communicating Fisheries Science in an Increasingly Skeptical Environment.

Jan 30 (Wed)

Faith & Climate Action MT meets to plan actions for the MT Legislature. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 30 from noon to 1 pm at Emmaus House (532 University Ave, Msla).

Missoula Move to Amend Speak Out and Chili Feed  (for Citizens United anniversary) . Enjoy food and fellowship while learning about a bill in the MT legislature calling on US Congress to pass a constitutional amendment stating that corporations are not people and campaign contributions can be regulated. Jan 30 --Chili Feed at 6 pm; Speakout at 6:30 pm in the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main. All welcome. For more info, call/text 406-240-0610 . 

January 31 (Thursday)

Environmental Issues in the 2019 MT Legislature -- Montana Environmental Information Center provides a preview of key issues. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Jan 31, 6:30-8:30 pm at Goodworks Ventures, 129 W. Alder, Msla. Free.

Jan 29-Feb 1 -- Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society meets in Billings (info). Theme: Communicating Fisheries Science in an Increasingly Skeptical Environment.

Feb 1-3--Montana Farmers Union Women's Conference at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Feb 2 (Sat)

All day field trip with Five Valleys Audubon to Deer Lodge valley to view winter birds. Meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of UM Adams Center Parking lot.

Feb 6 (Wednesday)

UM Involvement Fair --students learn about volunteer, internship, research opportunities;  groups recruit students to help with your work. Feb 6 from 10 am to 2 pm in UM's UC Ballroom. To table for the event, register here.

Conservation Community meets with MT legislators to discuss bills related to conservation. For more info, contact Montana Conservation Voters.

1000 New Gardens meets Wednesdays to plan spring plantings for Missoula food gardens. Wednesdays at 5pm. 1st & 2nd Wednesdays in UM's Rankin Hall; 3rd & 4th Wednesdays at the Food Shed (516 North Ave E).  Email 1000newgardens@gmail.com 

February 7 (Thursday)

Public meeting of the Community Advisory Group for cleanup of the closed pulpmill on the Clark Fork River near Frenchtown. All welcome. Agenda includes: Tom Mostad of MT Dept of Justice Natural Resource Damage Program and Andrew Gorder of Clark Fork Coalition. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 7 at 6 pm at the Frenchtown Fire Station (16875 Marion St). CAG meets first Thursday of the month. CAG facebook page is here.

February 13 (Wed)

Faith & Climate Action MT meets to plan actions for the MT Legislature. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 13 from noon to 1 pm at Emmaus House (532 University Ave, Msla). Meetings will continue on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month thru March. 

February 14 (Thursday)

Climate Smart Missoula's monthly meetup, focused on transportation & smart growth.  Feb 14, 5-7 pm at Imagine Nation. Monthly meetups are 2nd Thursdays. Schedule & topics of Climate Smart meet ups here.

Bring your sweetheart to hear about Montana's Pioneer Botanists -- a beautiful book of brave plant chasers who traveled Montana to catalog its plants -- from indegenous people to Lewis & Clark and right up to the present. Presented by its authors; copies of the book available. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 14 at 7 pm in UM Gallagher Business Building room L09. 

February 17 (Sunday)

International Fly Fishing Film Festival in Hamilton, MT.

February 21 (Thursday)

Community Food & Ag Coalition's Farm Fresh Pitch Fest. Have fun while helping new farmers get started.

February 25 (Monday)

UM Recycling Committee meets to discuss how to reduce waste at UM through education, procurement practices, etc. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 25, 2-3 pm at UM Facilties Services room 101. Meetings are 3 Mondays .

February 27 (Wed)

Faith & Climate Action MT meets to plan actions for the MT Legislature. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Feb 27 from noon to 1 pm at Emmaus House (532 University Ave, Msla). Meetings will continue on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month thru March. 

March 2 (Saturday)

Free the Seeds Fair in Kalispell. seed swap, vendors, kids activities. a program of Farm Hands--Nourish the Flathead.

March 9 (Saturday)

Looking for signs of spring at Metcalf wildlife refuge with MT Natural History Center (info here). 9am to 4 pm. registration required.

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

March 14 (Thursday)

Spring wildflowers of Utah's Red Rock Desert -- take a vicarious vacation to this beautiful area with botanist Peter Lesica as he shares photos from his new book (copies available). WHEN/WHERE: March 14 at 7 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09.

March 18 (Monday)

Montana Science Fair (link)  -- tabling opportunities--talk to young scientists

 UM Recycling Committee meets to discuss how to reduce waste at UM through education, procurement practices, etc. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: March 18, 2-3 pm at UM Facilties Services room 101. Meetings are 3 Mondays . 

March 21 (Thursday)

Peace Corps Application workshop --learn how to find the right placement for you, and how to write a stand out application. WHEN/WHERE: March 21 at 4 pm in UM's Career Services Resource Library in Lommasson building (room 154). Contact the UM Peace Corps rep here.

March 21-23 -- Montana Environmental Education Association's annual conference, at Fairmont Hot Springs, near Butte.

 March 30 (Saturday)

Five Valleys Seed Library's annual seed swap. Details to follow.

April is Earth Month!

April 11 (Thursday)

Montana's High Mountain Wildflowers. A slide show presented by MT Native Plant Society to help you identify the flowers you will be seeing on hikes. WHEN/WHERE: April 11 at 7:30 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09. Free.

April 15 (Monday)

UM Recycling Committee meets to discuss how to reduce waste at UM through education, procurement practices, etc. All welcome. WHEN/WHERE: Apr 15, 2-3 pm at UM Facilties Services room 101. Meetings are 3 Mondays .

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

Note: this 2018 info presented as an example until 2019 info is available. 2019 events coming SOON!

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

April 26-29, 2019 -- Naturalist Field Weekend in Greater Sage Grouse Habitat with MT Natural History Center (info here).

May 11

Five Valleys Land Trust annual banquet and Auction

June 21-23 -- Montana Native Plant Society annual meeting will be in Cypress Hills Provincial Park of SW Saskatchewan Canada (100 miles north of Havre, MT). You'll need a passport. Check back for more details.
Check back later

August 9- 10 --Run for the River 5k(Aug 9) and Bitterroot River Cleanup (Aug 10)