Conservation Calendar

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


Sept 25 (Monday)

UM's Food/Energy/Water lecture series continues. Free & open to public. Mondays 4:30-5:20pm, UM's Stone Hall 304. Schedule of talks here.

Screening of SheWolf -- documentary on wolves by Bob Landis. 7pm at the Roxy, 718 S. Higgins, Missoula.

Sept 26 -- World Contraception Day

Sept 27 (Wed)

Tour of MPG's Wildlife Conservation Ranch near Lolo. Sept 27, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. For info and to register, contact or 406-396-6285.

Peace Park Planting Day -- help plant native plants in Jeannette Rankin Peace Park (600 block of South 5th East in Missoula). WHEN: Sept 27,  from 3pm until done. Bring gloves & gardening tools. More info, contact Missoula Parks

followed at 5pm by a tour of UM FLAT right across the street (633 S 5th St E). The FLAT is UM's demonstration site for sustainable urban living.

Director of EcoViva speaks on community efforts to save Mangrove Forests in El Salvadore.WHEN/WHERE: Sept 27 at 4pm; UM's Davidson Honors College

Director of EcoViva explains their mission in Central America-- restore a civil society based on sustainability and justice. WHEN/WHERE: Sept 27 at 7pm at the Natural History Center (120 Hickory, Missoula).

Sept 28 (Thursday)

Building social capacity for restoration success: Clark Fork River. a talk by Libby Metcalf, UM, followed by discussion. Hosted by Society for Ecological Restoration. WHEN: Sept 28, 6-8pm; WHERE: Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula.

Sept 29 (Friday)

Help build a trail through UM's newest native garden. WHEN: Sept 29, 2-7pm (or any part of that time); WHERE: UM's Natural Sciences greenhouse. More info, contact Kelly

MT Board of Environmental Review meets in Helena (link)

Sept 30 (Saturday)

Stream restoration work day on Bitterroot River E. Fork. Plant native shrubs. Lunch provided. Sept 30, 9am to 4pm; Meet in Hamilton and carpool to site. To sign up, email Julia.

Public Land Day service projects in Missoula (link) Help with Trail work on Pattee Canyon conservation Lands, led by Missoula Parks. Lunch& tools provided. Bring water & work gloves. Catch a shuttle to the site starting at 8:30 am from Shadow's Keep lot (102 Ben Hogan Dr).   More info: email Tyler Decker or , email Josh or call 406-728-2720 RSVP here

Compost Comedy -- open mike for jokes and live music (warning, audience is armed with tomatoes). $5 Suggested donation. Sign up to perform and get in FREE! Tip: wear clothing that can get... saucy.  WHEN: Opens at 6pm // Open Mic/Comedy at 7:30 //  Holy Smokes &the Godforsaken Rollers close out the night! WHERE: FreeCycles,  732 S 1st St W,

Montana Natural History Center's annual banquet & auction at UM's UC Ballroom. More info on MNHC here

October 2 (Monday)

UM's Food/Energy/Water lecture series continues. Free & open to public. Mondays 4:30-5:20pm, UM's Stone Hall 304. Schedule of talks here.

October 5 (Thursday)

A Taste of Tea and Sustainability. Learn about Bitaco, a tea farm in Columbia, devoted to sustainable ag and community development. WHEN: Oct 5, from 5-7pm; WHERE: Public House (130 E. Broadway,  next door to Lake Missoula Tea Company). Suggested donation $5

October 6 (Friday)

Sneak preview of Home Resource Benefit Auction items. WHERE: Florence Hotel Lobby, Msla. Auction is Nov 4.

October 7 (Saturday)

Fall gathering at the Moon-Randolph Homestead (historic park in Missoula's north hills). Soup, cider making, live music. family friendly. Tickets at the gate $15/adult; $7/kid. benefits the homestead. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 7, 4-10pm; 1515 Spurlock Rd, Missoula. 

Help build wildlife friendly fence at MPG Ranch near Lolo. Lunch & tools provided. No experience required. More info/register, contact or 406-396-6285

October 8 (Sunday)

People's Forest Project fundraiser. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 8 from 3-8pm; Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula

Oct 9 (Monday)

Effects of 2017 fires on Montana birds -- how did our birds cope with this summer's heat and fires? Hear from Amy Cilimburg of Climate Smart Missoula at Five Valley Audubon's monthly meeting. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 9 at 7pm in room 123 of UM Gallagher Business Building. All welcome.

October 11 (Wednesday)

WildEarth Guardians invites you to hear about latest programs and meet new Conservation Director. WHEN: Oct 11, 6-8pm; WHERE: Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Missoula. RSVP/more info, email Caitlin or call 505-819-1060.

Oct 12-13 

Public Land Law Conference at UM   Energy, Environment & Empowerment in a New Era. includes tour of Clark Fork superfund sites, panels/keynotes on Water, Wind, Wildlife, Sustainable energy development, public land management and more. Free, but please register in advance to help our planning. Register and full agenda here.

October 14 (Saturday)

Grand opening of the Lincoln Community River Park. Refreshments, entertainment.  Oct 14 from 11am to 2pm; Park is 0.7 miles south of Lincoln on Stemple Pass Road (map).

October 15 (Sunday)

Clark Fork River cleanup through downtown Missoula (10am to noon). Toast the river afterwards at Western Cider. Meet at 10 am at 501 N. California Street, Missoula.

Jeannette Rankin Peace Center annual Peace Party/fundraiser. Oct 15, 3-7pm at Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building

Oct 19-20

American Water Resources Association (MT Chapter) meets in Helena. The theme is, Science, Policy, & Communication: The role of science in a changing world, and the conference will offer a special workshop on October 18 to explore how scientists communicate with the public. To see suggested abstract topics and how to apply, click here. Abstract deadline extended to Aug 1.

Oct 20-22

Alternative Energy Resource Organization (AERO) EXPO & annual meeting (link) in Butte, Keynotes: Holistic Land Management; Democratizing the Energy System.  Tours: Off-grid food systems; Butte Mines.

Reflections of Revolution: 1917-2017. International Conference at UM (link).

Oct 21 (Saturday)

Bird walk at Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. 10am to noon. Meet at Refuge visitor center.

Oct 25-26 -- Managing Salt Cedar & Russian Olive along MT waterways (link to info & registration). Great Falls. WHEN: Oct 25, 1-5pm; Oct 26, 8am to noon; WHERE: MT Electric coop, Great Falls

Oct 28 (Saturday)

All day birding trip to Brown's Lake to see scoters and loons. Meet in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 am. Five Valleys Audubon welcomes all.

Nov 4 (Friday)

Home Resource 7th Annual Banquet and Benefit Auction (link).  Nov 4 at the Wilma in Missoula.

All day birding trip to Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. Meet in NW corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot at 8:50 am. Five Valleys Audubon welcomes all.

Nov 6-7,  Montana Forest Collaborative Network Workshop in Missoula (link),   Assisting collaboration in forest and grassland restoration, conservation and resource utilization—for the benefit of all.

Nov 6-8,  Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology annual research symposium at UM

Nov 29 (Wed)

Conference on the Future of the West, @ MSU in Bozeman. Info & Registration at  more info:  or 406-587-2974

December 7-9

Montana Organic Association annual meeting, Great Falls, Dec 7-9. Organic Resiliency in a Changing World.  MOA meeting info

More coming.

Jan 29-Feb 2

American Fisheries Society (MT Chapter) annual meeting at the Copper King Hotel, in Butte.  Jan 29-Feb 2

stay tuned

March 6-8

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 is Earth Month!  2017 schedule displayed as example until 2018 schedule is ready

April 15-22 -- EARTH WEEK   Special Earth Week message here 

HIGHLIGHTS from 2017 below   ...   Detailed 2017 Schedule here

    April 15-22-- International Wildlife Film Festival (link), Missoula

    April 21 (Sat) --EARTH Service DAY & Ecopentathalon

          10am-1pm--Clark Fork river cleanup @ Caras Park (link)

           3-7pm--MUD's Earth Day celebration (link) @ Free Cycles 

           Ecopentathalon--bike/walk to help at 4 of the above.  More info:  email Vicki

     April 22 (Sunday)-- EARTH DAY

Stay tuned