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. 


April - Earth Day has passed but Earth Month continues 

April 25 (Wed)

Northwest Energy Coalition "Clean and Affordable Energy Conference" in Missoula - Membership meeting 8:30 to 11am - Main Conference 11am - 5pm.  All welcome.

April 26 (Thur)

Help monitor the spring raptor migration in the Bitterroot, April 26, 11am-3pm. To register & get directions, contact or 406-396-6285

Little bugs tell us big things -- stream health indicators. Free public talk by Lindsay Albertson, MSU.   April 26,  from 3:30-4:20 in 305 Forestry at UM. Entire lecture series here.

April 27 (Fri)

MontPIRG's annual Party for the Public Interest. all welcome. April 27 at 6pm at Downtown Dance Collective, 121 W. Main, Msl.  Tickets here.

Showing of The Wisdom to Survive, 7pm, Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins, Msl. Explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying earth's life support system & human society and how to motivate needed actions. Part of conference on April 28.

Arbor Day Celebration at UM, 11am to 2pmAt new Arboretum Interpretive Site, north side of Main Hall. Includes: remarks, tree planting, music, treats. Tour starts at 1pm.

April 28 (Sat)

Interfaith Action for Climate Justice, day long conference at University Congregational (405 University Ave, Msla). Cost: based on ability to pay. Faith & Climate Action MT.

Restore access to the Bitterroot River. Help Five Valleys Land Trust clean up the acess site at Buckhouse Bridge so can be reopened. 9am-2pm. For more info, contact

April 29 (Sunday)

Screening of Age of Consequences - examines how climate change increases resource scarcity, threatens infrastructure, destablizes society, leading to wars and refugees.  WHEN/WHERE: Sunday April 29, 7 pm, The Roxy, 718 S Higgins Ave, Missoula

May 5 (Saturday)

World's Largest Garage Sale at UM. May 5 from 9:30am to 1:30pm in UM's parking garage. Fundraiser for UM Advocates, a campus service organization. Vendors can set up after 7:30am.

All day birding trip to Browns Lake with 5 Valleys Audubon. Meet at 7:50am in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot. More info:  549-5632 or

May 12 (Saturday)

All day birding trip to Kicking Horse Reservoir with 5 Valleys Audubon. Meet at 7:50 am in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot. More info:  549-5632 or

May 15-17Conference for Montana Water Quality Professionals in Missoula - Theme: Working together to protect Montana's water (with a special focus on invasive mussels). Conference schedule here

May 17-18: Effective Ecological Restoration Monitoring Workshop at UM

May 18 (Friday)

Endangered Species Day Film Festival. hosted by Endangered Species Coalition & International Wildlife Film Festival. May 18, 6-9pm at Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins. $5. List of films here.

May 19 (Sat)

Five Valleys Land Trust annual Banquet fundraiser celebrates 46 years of open space protection.  Auctions, music, food, friends. Tickets ($50) for sale here. WHEN/WHERE: May 19, 5:30 pm in UM’s UC Ballroom.

May 19-20 -- 2day field trip to Freezout Lake with 5 Valleys Audubon

May 21-24 

Fire Continuum Conference - Preparing for the future of Wildland Fire, at UM-Missoula, MT.

June 8-10--Montana Audubon Bird Festival in Kalispell ..talks, field trips, auctions, fun

June 9 (Saturday)

Help build wildlife friendly fence near Lavalle Creek/Evaro Hill, near Missoula. June 9, 7:30am-1pm followed by BBQ. To help contact Bert Lindler.

June 29-July1Montana Native Plant Society annual meeting, June 29-July 1 in Lincoln, MT. Many fieldtrips to see wildflower shows.

July 10 (Tue)

Research Cruise on Flathead Lake, offered by UM Biostation. 3:30 to 6pm. Check back for details.

Aug 3 (Fri)

UM Flathead Lake Biostation annual open house. 1-5pm. Check back for details.

Aug 10 (Fri) - Bitterroot Water Forum's Run for the River 5K

Aug 11(Sat) - Bitterroot River Cleanup

October 10-12 - Montana Watershed Symposium, Whitefish, MT. Details will be on Montana Watershed Coordination Council web site.

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 26-28 - Alternative Energy Resource Organization’s annual meeting and expo – featuring keynote speaker Miguel Altieri in Missoula. Info here once available

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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.