Conservation Calendar 2020

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 to vicki.watson@umontana.edu.

UM's Seeking Sustainability Lecture/Action Series

2020

APRIL is Earth Month -- Work together for healthy people & a healthy planet

NOTE -- many public events are canceled, postponed or offered online. Check links and contact info below for latest news. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES !!

Try these Earth Day challenges -- one a day actions from now until Earth Day.

  Population Connection also offers a challenge a day.

  Turning Green Classroom offers lesson plans/activities every day of Earth Month.

April 6-11   --  Montana Health & Climate Week has been POSTPONED to Sept 14-18.

April 6-11 -- Earth Law Week will be all online. Web site coming soon. Meanwhile some highlights are these lectures at noon: April 7-- Wildlife biologist/fimmaker Ronan Donovan shares his experience conserving wildlife through story telling; April 8-- Public interest lawyer Monica Tranel shares her experience in public utility regulation law; April 9-- Bison rancher (& former director of NRDC's Northern Rockies office) Matt Skoglund speaks on the value of regenerative agriculture.  Updated:   Zoom link here; Meeting ID: 806 097 420 ; Password: 436943

April 8--Ecological restoration talk canceled  Access past talks here. 

April 8-9 -- Plant Conservation Conference POSTPONED.   Rescheduling info will be here. 

April 9 (Thursday)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture/action series continues ONLINE with Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Sustainability with indigenous scientists Rosalyn LaPier and Rose Bear Don't Walk (UM Environmental Studies) and Ranalda Tsosie (UM Interdisciplinary Studies/Chemistry). Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 pm.  Instructions for viewing online here.

Free Webinar on Grant Writing offered by MT natural resource agencies. April 9, 12:30-4 pm; RSVP here.

MT Volunteer Water Monitoring Lab support grants due, April 9

5 Valleys Audubon Birding workshops POSTPONED (rescheduling info will be here)

April 10 (Friday)

Five Valleys Land Trust Fundraiser (online) -- enjoy the outdoors on your own, participate in the auction, support local land protection efforts.

April 10-19 -- Run for the Trees in Missoula  will be on your own -- see how to do it here.  helps fund Missoula's urban forest. You can run the planned route on your own between April 10 and 19. Or pick your own route.

April 14 (Tues)

UM's Wilderness Lecture Series continues ONLINE with 'Ecosystem Response to the Removal of the Elwha River dams' by George Press, NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center. April 14, 7-8:20 pm.  Instructions for viewing online here. 

April 16 (Thursday)

UM's Seeking Sustainability lecture/action series continues ONLINE with Family Planning for Sustainability. Presentations by UM's Womens Resource Center, Blue Mountain Clinic and others on the critical role of family planning in moving towards a sustainable society. April 16,  7 to 8:30 pmInstructions for viewing online here.

April 17-18 -- Reimagining School Lunch -- POSTPONED. Hosted by Cultivating Connections MT.   when new date is set, info will be here.

April 18-26--Earth Service Week--Work for Healthy People & a Healthy Planet

In keeping with health guidance, many changes in Earth Week events are being planned. Check here  2020 Earth Service Week schedule for the latest information.

April 18-25 -- International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula (will be ONLINE here)  Most films (60+) are free; others require a pass. Pass purchases support IWFF. Sliding scale $5 to $25. Such a deal !

Note that WildWalk parade & WildFest will be virtual events on April 18 -- see how to participate here. Dress up as your favorite critter and post your picture with the hashtag #wildwalk2020. This year, Australian critters are particularly encouraged.

April 19 (Sun)

DIG DAY -- Help 1000 New Gardens put more food gardens in the yards of Missoulians. Contact 1000newgardens@gmail.com or check here for updates.

Stream Team Training -- Watershed Education Network hopes to offer free training for water monitoring volunteers out in the open air with social distancing. April 19, 1-5 pm at 802 E. Front St, Msla.  RSVP to see if training is happening,  at 406.541.9287 or email  water@montanawatershed.org

April 20 (Monday)

Comments due on Montana Water Quality Standards. how to submit comments here.

UM Retirees cleanup a section of Highway 200. POSTPONED until October

April 21-23 -- Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science -- POSTPONED to Oct 20-22.  focuses on the upper Clark Fork River.

April 21 (Tues)

UM's Wilderness Lecture Series continues ONLINE with 'Bristol Bay Alaska--World's last great salmon fishery threatened by industrial mining' by Daniel Schindler, Univ. Washington. April 21, 7-8:20 pm.  Instructions for viewing online here.  

April 22 (Wed)  Earth Day -- the 50th !!

Earth Day Missoula events are being planned & will be posted here.

Trees for Missoula gives free tree seedlings -- CANCELED

Waterworks Hill wildflower viewing. with MT Native Plant Society CANCELED.

Missoula's Urban Forests -- Living Museum.<--Rescheduled to Oct 1.   

Helena's Earth Day events here (some postponed, check for updates).

April 23 -- Wild Dinner (AERO Fundraiser) Postponed.

April 24 (Friday) -- Arbor Day

UM Arboretum events will be linked here.

Deadline to submit comments on the Montana Climate Solutions plan. To see the full draft of the  Plan, see this website.

April 24-25 -- Forestry Days at Fort Missoula (link to info)

April 25 (Sat)

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project hosts Earth Day Festival (link). POSTPONED -- hope to reschedule this summer.

Tree Planting at Milltown State Park --CANCELED

April 28 (Tuesday)

Climate Conversations (hope to put online)--monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in Missoula. This gathering will address: Native Worldviews and Direct Action. Led by Rosalyn LaPier of UM Environmental Studies.    More information here.

UM's Wilderness Lecture Series -- 'Balancing Watershed Restoration, Native Trout Recovery & Wilderness Character in the Rattlesnake' by Ladd Knotek, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  April 28, 7-8:20 pm. . Instructions to view ONLINE here.  

April 28-29 -- UM School of Music presents Project Earth,  CANCELED..

April 29 (Wed)

Montana Native Fungi by William Gregg, Front Street Fungi. talk CANCELED.

May is Bike Month

NOTE -- many public events are canceled, postponed or offered online. Check links and contact info below for latest news. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES !!

May 6 (Wed)

Bitterroot Focus Watershed meeting to update progress. May 6, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. This meeting will be ONLINE.  For more info, contact Hannah Riedl of MT DEQ. (406) 444 - 0549.

Wildflower Walk at Milltown State Park. MT Native Plant Society hopes to lead this. 5:30 pm. Info : 728-0189 or email Clare

May 7 (Thursday)

Clean & Affordable Energy Conference. WILL BE ONLINE. Energy experts will speak on what is required to make a smooth transition to renewable energy while ensuring energy needs of communities are met. Hosted by NW Energy Coalition. May 7.  Conference info here but some changes as it moves online.

May 13 (Wed)

Trillium Walk at Spring Gulch. MT Native Plant Society hopes to lead this. 5:30 pm. Info : 549-7933 or email Tarn

Engineered log jams restore ecological structure/function in Entiat River. Free. Part of a monthly series of ecological restoration talks on second Wednesdays (May 13, 6-8 pm) at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla. Access recordings or pdfs of past pub talks here. 

May 15 (Friday)

Becoming a Watershed Citizen-- elementary school program offered by Flathead Lakers. Also offered on May 18, 25, & 26. Volunteers needed. see Volunteer page or contact Hilary@flatheadlakers.org

May 16 (Sat)

FIXIT Clinic at MUD (Tentative -- check here).  Get help repairing stuff --help move your community towards Zero Waste. Family-friendly fun and helpful Fixit coaches. Free. May 16, 11 am- 3 pm at MUD, 1527 Wyoming St, Missoula. Also on  June 13.

May 20 -- Grasses of Missoula Valley -- Waterworks Hill trail. MT Native Plant Society hopes to lead this walk. Info: 970-901-2418 or email Paul.

May 20-21. CSKT Flathead Mussell Walk - learn how to help keep invasive mussels out of Flathead Lake. Free training.

May 22-25 -- UM Environmental Studies  program celebrates 50 years of action for the Earth.    Missoula. POSTPONED, check back later for plans

 May 26 (Tues)

Climate Conversations (hope to put online)--monthly gatherings to discuss the spiritual aspects of addressing our climate crisis. 4th Tuesdays, 6-8 pm at various houses of faith in Missoula. This gathering will address: Poetry & Art: needed outlet and inspiration. Led by Gary Hawk at University Congregational Church/United Church of Christ (405 University Avenue).    More information here.

May 27 (Wed)

Three Rivers Collaborative meets. All welcome. Discussion of a River Master  Plan to reduce impacts of heavy river recreation use near Missoula. May 27, 4-5:30 pm at Imagine Nation (1151 W. Broaday , Msla). More info, contact threeriverscollaborative@gmail.com

June 1

MT Renewable Resource grant applications due, June 1

June 5-7 -- Montana Audubon's annual Bird Festival-- Wings Across the Big Sky (info & registration). Lewistown

June 10 (Wed)

Tour of UM Native Plant Gardens, June 10 at 5:30 pm. Just west of the UC by the botany greenhouse. For more info, contact Paul at 970-901-2418

June 11 -13 -- Montana Senior Olympics in Missoula.   Volunteers needed. For info on volunteering, contact Hunter at PetschauerA@ci.missoula.mt.us

June 13 (Saturday)

FIXIT Clinic at MUD (Tentative -- check here). Get help repairing stuff --  help move your community towards Zero Waste. Family-friendly fun and helpful Fixit coaches. Free. June 13, 11 am- 3 pm at MUD, 1527 Wyoming St, Missoula.

July 3-5 -- MT Native Plant Society annual meeting , Centennial Valley-- CANCELLED.

Check back later

Some of those cancelled spring events may show up here.

Sept 14-18   --  Montana Health & Climate Week For more info, contact Peter McDonough of UM Climate Studies

Sept 14--Climate Action Webinar hosted by UM Climate Studies Program -- info here.tentative

Sept 23-25 -- Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent, Lethbridge, Alberta. More info Fbres@shaw.ca

Sept 25-26 -- Montana Faith, Science and Climate Action Conference, Emerson Theater, Bozeman. Check back for more info

October 1 (Thursday)

Missoula's Urban Forests -- Living MuseumMT Natural History Center.  7pm.  

Oct 7-9 -- Scientific Impacts to a Historic Landscape, AWRA Conference in Butte.

Oct 14-16 -- Montana Watershed Symposium, Butte  Theme: Summit to Stream: Connecting People, Water, and Forests

Oct 20-22.  Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science -- hosted by MT Natural Resource Damage Program working to restore the upper Clark Fork River. Fairmont Hot Springs. Register by Oct 1.

November 3 (Tuesday)  US Election Day -- VOTE!

Vote as if the Earth & Human Society depends on it -- They do.

Nov 9-10 -- Soil Health Innovations Conference, MSU-Bozeman. More info, contact Vince Van Meter

Plant Conservation Conference hope to schedule to Nov.   Rescheduling info will be here. 

Check back later