Conservation Calendar

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

Looking Ahead to 2017


Feb 17-26 --Big Sky Documentary Film Festival   at  Missoula’s Wilma & Roxy Theaters, Elks Lodge.  SCHEDULE.... TO VOLUNTEER >>

Feb 25 (Sat)

Winter Birds field trip led by 5 Valleys Audubon. All day in the Mission Valley. Meet in NW corner of UM's Adams Center Parking Lot at 7:50 am. Dress warmly, bring lunch/water. More info, call Larry at 549-5632

Seeley Lake Trails Project public meeting. See what is planned for a trails system in the Clearwater Valley and provide your input. Comments accepted until June 30.  WHEN: Feb 25, 1-4pm; WHERE: Seeley Lake Community Hall. More info: email Cathy or Jenny.  or call 406-754-0034.

Trout Unlimited Banquet.  See TU website.  When: Feb 25,  5:30-9:30 PM;  Where: UM's UC Ballroom (3rd floor of UC)

Feb 26 (Sunday)

Wintergreens -- Enjoy a delicious local food meal while supporting Garden City Harvest. Homemade Pie & Cake Auction. WHEN: Feb 26 from 5 to 8:30 pm; WHERE: Florence Hotel Governor's Room, 111 N. Higgins, Missoula. Cost: $30 adults; $15 kids 2-10; [buy tickets here]

Snowshoe Hike to Bass Creek with MT Natural History Center. Free. 1-4pm.  RSVP required. Email mickilong@gmail.comClick here for more info.

Feb 27 (Monday)

UM Students for Peace & Justice meet. All welcome. WHEN: NOON. WHERE: UM's University Center room 222 (NOTE NEW ROOM). More info, email Kat

Feb 27-28-- UM FLAT's  Spring Workshop Series continues with Woodworking ($10 for supplies).  Mondays from 6-8pm at 633 S. 5th St. E. in Missoula. Space is limited so reserve your space by emailing umflat@gmail.com.  Subsequent workshops are: 3/6 Fruit tree grafting (Free); 3/13 Growing mushrooms ($10 for supplies).

Feb 27-March 1

Wildlife Ranch Research Conference in Missoula. MPG Ranch is a wildlife conservation ranch near Lolo. Scientists will present studies of ranch wildlife (birds, mammals, bugs and plants) and soil ecology and explain how these will be used in restoring habitat. Free. Drop in for any part.  More info:  jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285. WHEN: Feb 27 to March 1, 8am to 5pm; WHERE: Holiday Inn -- Parkside, Missoula

Feb 28 (Tuesday)

Where the Wild Things Are -- wildlife biologists with Defenders of Wildlife provide a presentation on wolverines, fishers and lynx--their habitat and info provided by volunteer citizen scientists. Free. All welcome. WHEN: Feb 28 from 7-8:15pm; WHERE: Missoula Public Library meeting room. 301 E. Main.

Public meeting on mining company exploration in Potomac area. Blackfoot Challenge will provide a summary of the meeting on their web site along with background information from earlier meetings. WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, at 7 pm; WHERE: Blackfoot Church, in Potomac

March 1 (Wed)

How climate change is changing rivers. take a trip on changing western rivers with photographer Jon Waterman. Free. Hosted by Climate Smart. Facebook. WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, March 1, 6 pm at Missoula's Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave

March 2 (Thursday)

Climate Smart Meet-up on Healthy Communities. All welcome. WHEN: March 2, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation  at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula

ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula’s Pathway to Zero Waste,” with a series of public meetings. learn more about Missoula’s waste reduction goals. March 2 at Missoula Federal Credit Union on Brooks; ALSO March 7 at Burns Street Center on Burns St (north side); March 8 at Missoula Public Library.  All meetings are 6-8pm

Reaching Out to your Elected Representatives, Montana Backcountry Hunters and Anglers hosts this panel on how to make your voice heard on issues of public land, wildlife management, habitat conservation.  WHEN: March 2 at 6pm; WHERE:  UM Forestry Building, room 301.

March 4 (Saturday)

Montana Green Party Convention -- day-long event of strategy sessions, informational workshops, committee selection. Goal—build a Green movement in Montana. Determine party structure and  priorities, consider action initiatives, and discuss candidates for the 2018 election season. Lunch served. WHEN: Saturday, March 4, 10 am-5 pm, WHERE: UM’s Payne Family Native American Center.

March 6 (Monday)

UM FLAT's  Spring Workshop Series continues with Fruit Tree Grafting.   Mondays from 6-8pm at 633 S. 5th St. E. in Missoula. Space is limited so reserve your space by emailing umflat@gmail.com. Subsequent workshop: 3/13 Growing mushrooms ($10 supplies).

March 6-9

Association of Montana Floodplain Managers <-link Annual Conference, March 6-9, 2017 in Missoula.  Click here for more info.

March 7 (Tues)

Guide to the MT Legislature -- learn the status of energy & environmental bills and how you can make your voice heard.  WHEN: March 7 at 7:30; WHERE: Missoula Public Library meeting room, 301 E. Main. For more info, call 443-2520.

How to start a small food business in Missoula. A course offered by Moonlight Kitchens. Meets Tuesdays from 6-8pm from March 7 to April 11. Marketing, equipment, local food suppliers, online sales, food safety rules.  Cost: $250/student (non-refundable but transferable). Must pre-register by March 5. (406) 926-2720  FB: MoonlightKitchens   Located at 1951 Kensington, Msla.

March  7, 8

ZERO by FIFTY: Missoula’s Pathway to Zero Waste,” with a series of public meetings. learn more about Missoula’s waste reduction goals.  March 7 at Burns Street Center on Burns St (north side); March 8 at Missoula Public Library.  All meetings are 6-8pm

March 7-10

Telluride Mountain Film Festival tours Montana. 3/7 Great Falls; 3/8 Helena; 3/9 Whitefish; 3/10 Missoula (Roxy Theater, 6 & 8:30pm)

March 8 (Wed)

Bike Walk Rally Montana State Capitol Rotunda in Helena.  March 8, at 11:30 am.  More at www.bikewalkmontana.org.

Wild Rockies Field Institute Info Session -- earn college credit in the outdoors. WHEN: March 8 at Noon; WHERE: UM Honors College room 119. Free Pizza. More info: www.wrfi.net and blog: or contact bethany@wrfi.net or 406-549-4336.

Aquatic Invasive Species - New Threats & Solutions: Caryn Miske of Flathead Basin Commission will share her knowledge of invasive mussels recently discovered in MT, discuss what’s at stake in the Clark Fork watershed, and let you know what you can do to protect our waters. WHEN: Wed. 3/8, 5:15 pm; WHERE: Clark Fork Coalition offices, 140 S 4th St West, Missoula

March 9 (Thurs)

Challenges in Ecological Restoration. a talk by Robert Pal, Montana Tech. WHEN: Mar 9, 3:30 to 4:20pm; WHERE: UM's Forestry building 305. All welcome

Western MT wildlflowers. MT Native Plant Society provides a slide show of these beauties to help you recognize them as they bloom through the spring. All welcome.  WHEN: March 9 at 7pm; WHERE:  UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09.

March 9-10

Montana Environmental Education Association annual meeting, Helena. The Power of Hands-On Learning. More Info Click Here

March 10-11

Sustainable Farm Law workshop at UM. Practical farm-related info from farmers and attorneys.  Visit www.farmlinkmontana.org for schedule and Register or call Dave at CFAC 541-829-3757

March 11 (Sat)

Stream Monitoring Training with Watershed Education Network. Learn basic stream monitoring and sign up to help take local school kids on stream field trips. RSVP (& let us know your shoe size), by emailing water@montanawatershed.org or by calling 406.541.9287. When: Saturday,  March 11,  2-5 pm.   Where: Greenough Park, Meet at Park Pavilion. Note: there are also trainings available on March 15 & 18

March 13 (Monday)

UM FLAT's  Spring Workshop on Growing Mushrooms.  WHEN/WHERE: March 13,  6-8pm at 633 S. 5th St. E. in Missoula. Space is limited so reserve your space by emailing umflat@gmail.com.  ($10 for supplies).

Restoring Trumpeter Swans to western MT. Learn about efforts to restore the swans to tribal lands and elsewhere. Hosted by 5 Valleys Audubon. All welcome.  WHEN: March 13 @ 7:30pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building room L14

March 13-16 

Western Society of Weed Science annual meeting <-link, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

March 14

Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty: Columbia River as International Case Study in Ethics and Water," Dr. John Osborn,  Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Part of UM Wilderness Lecture Series.  WHEN: March 14, 7-8:30pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122.

March14-16

Crown Managers Partnership Forum -- Improving Drought Resillience from Forest to Valley Bottom. <- link.  WHERE: Chouteau MT.

March 15 (Wed)

UM Recycling COmmittee meets. All welcome. Working on zero waste proposals, fund raising, and outreach for Earth Week. WHEN: March 15 at noon-1pm; WHERE: UM's University Center, room 216.

Free Film on Bud Moore -- Last of the Old Time Rangers. A Bitterroot mountain man becomes a US Forest Servce ranger at age 16 in 1933. The rest of his 93 year life is devoted to caring for the land and inspiring others to do the same.  More about Bud’s life here. The free film showing is sponsored by the Wilderness Institute and the UM Grizzly Recovery Office. WHEN: Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm; WHERE: UM’s University Center Theater (3rd floor)

March 15 & 18

Stream Monitoring Training with Watershed Education Network. Learn basic stream monitoring and sign up to help take local school kids on stream field trips. RSVP (& let us know your shoe size), by emailing water@montanawatershed.org or by calling 406.541.9287. Only attend one session. When: Wed, March 15, 4-7pm.  or Saturday,  March 18,  2-5 pm; Where: Greenough Park, Meet at Park Pavilion

March 17 (Friday)

Deadline to apply for a community garden plot in Missoula. Apply here

March 18 (Saturday)

See the birds returning to Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. Meet at 10 am at the Refuge visitor center for 2 hour guided walk.Free

March 20 (Monday)

Watershed Day and the Wetland and Watershed Stewardship Awards Ceremony - 3/20/17, Helena, MT. Check back for details

March 25 (Saturday)

Day long birding field trip to Metcalf Wildlife Refuge. Free. Meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of the Adams Center parking lot to car pool to the refuge. For more info, email Larry or call 549-5632 

March 27 (Monday)

Montana State Science Fair on the UM Campus.

March 28 (Tuesday)

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and its influence on conservation of the Arctic. Dan Ritzman, Regional Director of the Sierra Club.  Part of UM Wilderness Lecture Series.  WHEN: March 28, 7-8:30pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122.

March 31 (Friday)

MT Board of Environmental Review meets, in Helena. Public welcome.Where, When and Agenda here

April is Earth Month!

April 1 (Sat)

Off the Rack benefits for Blue Mountain Clinic. 7pm at Missoula Children's Theater.

World's Largest Garage Sale, benefit for UM Advocates. WHEN: 9:30am -1:30 pm. WHERE: UM Parking Garage. You can sell and/or buy.

April 4 (Tuesday)

Federal Public Lands Privatization Movement. Hal Herring journalist. Part of UM Wilderness Lecture Series.  WHEN: April 4, 7-8:30pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building room 122.

April 6 (Thursday)

Energy Return on Energy Invested --a key concept in ecology, economics and sustainability. a talk by Dr. Charles Hall, State University of New York. WHEN: April 6, 3:30 to 4:20pm; WHERE: UM's Forestry building 305. All welcome

Climate Smart Meet-up on Saving Energy. All welcome. WHEN: April 6, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation  at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula

Bird Identification Workshop series starts, Thursdays April 6 to 27. for beginning & intermediate birders. Covers field marks to identify birds, recognizing birds by their calls, and when migrating birds are expected to arrive. Groups covered include predator birds, waterfowl, shorebirds, woodpeckers, warblers and sparrows. Cost: $35. To sign up contact, Larry at 549-5632 or 540-3064 or bwsgenea@gmail.com.  WHEN: 7-9:30 pm on April 6,13,20 and 27    AND  a field trip on Saturday April 22; WHERE: MT Fish Wildlife & Parks office at 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula

April 7 (Friday)

Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene -- Jedediah Purdy of Duke University speaks in the UM President's lecture series. WHEN: April 7 at 8pm; WHERE: UM's Dennison Theater. Dr Purdy will also speak on Ecology & Political Economy in the History of Capitalism (at 3pm in Gallagher Business room 123).  

April 12 (Wed)

UM Recycling COmmittee meets. All welcome. Working on zero waste proposals, fund raising, and outreach for Earth Week. WHEN: April 12 at noon-1pm; WHERE: UM's University Center, room 216.

Can Health Problems Created by Modern Wheat be Solved with Ancient Wheat?” by Bob Quinn, Organic Farmer and President of Kamut, Int., Big Sandy, MT. FREE. April 12 @ 6:30pm @ UM Gallagher Business Building room 123.

April 13 (Thurs)

Building a Native Plant Garden for Play and Education. Lisa Bickell explains how MT Natural History Center's garden was created. WHEN: Apr 13 at 7pm; WHERE: UM's Gallagher Business Building, room L09. See follow up field trip on April 15

April 15-23 -- Earth Week

     ....Special Earth Week message .... Example Schedule: 2016 UM Earth Week  

    April 15--DIG DAY -- join 1000 New Gardens as they help Missoulians put food gardens in their yards. Details to follow

       Tour MT Natural History Center's Native Plant Garden. WHEN: Apr 15 at 1pm; WHERE: 120 Hickory, Msla.

    April 15-22-- International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula  

    April 17-18 -- Watershed Workshop at UM-Missoula, Contact MT Watershed Coordination Council (MWCC) for details.

    April 19-20 -- Clark Fork Basin Council creation meeting at UM-Missoula -- watershed stakeholders invited. Contact MWCC.

    April 20 -- UM's Sustainaganza on the Oval -- tabling, activities, music, tours. Contact UM Student Involvement Network

    April 22 --Earth Service Day & Ecopentathalon (Details coming soon)

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

           2-3pm -- March for Science along the Clark Fork

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

           7-10pm -- UM FLAT celebration @ Free Cycles

            Missoula Parks & Rec's Run for the Trees  -- time TBD

     April 21-22 -- Kyiyo Pow Wow, UM Adams Center

     April 23 --DIG DAY -- join 1000 New Gardens as they help Missoulians put food gardens in their yards. Details to follow

April 29 (Saturday)

Missoula People's Climate Solidarity March and Rally. Mid day in downtown Missoula.  Details to follow.

May 4 (Thursday)

Climate Smart Meet-up on Local Food & Ag. All welcome. WHEN: May 4, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation  at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula

May 11

MT Native Plant Society spring potluck-- all welcome. WHEN: May 11 at 6:30pm; WHERE: Pineview Park Pavilion in Missoula. Will enjoy wildflowers along the creek.

May 21-26

American Fisheries Society Western Division meets in Missoula, MT. THEME: Change and Continuity: Celebrating 50 years of Fisheries in the West. Meetings are May 22-25, with field trips before & after.  Click here for meeting web site. 

May 26-28

MT Audubon's tour of Centennial Valley-Red Rocks Lake. Click here to learn more or reserve your spot! You may also reach us at 406.443.3949 or info@mtaudubon.org 

June 5-7 -- Water Conference in Lethbridge, Alberta

June 9-11

Montana Audubon's Wings Across the Big Sky Festival. Great Falls. Celebrates 40 years of MT Audubon and focuses on the Missouri River Corridor. Registration starts in March. For more info, contact cerickson@mtaudubon.org

June 12-16

Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos. Special guests: Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben, Derrek Jensen, Richard Smith, Nancy Holmstrom, John Holloway, Gloria Munoz Ramierz, Winona LaDuke and more. A call for forming Critical Thinking Communities to ask critical questions to decide on the steps needed to address climate chaos and other problems faced by human society. Organized by Big Sky High's Free Us from Climate Chaos group

Check back later

August 22-26

7th International Symposium for Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control,  Big Sky Resort, MT (40 miles south of Bozeman). Global conference on the use of wetlands for water quality improvement.  Program focused on domestic wastewater treatment wetlands, urban stormwater wetlands and bio-swales, riparian wetland restoration, wetlands in agricultural settings and wetland biogeochemistry is planned. Field trips to explore examples of constructed, restored and unique natural wetlands and riparian areas in the region

Aug 24-27

2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Flathead Valley.  Check back for details.

September 25-27

2017 Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Conference, Choteau, MT