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
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 26 (Sunday
Missoula Peace March. every Sunday at 1pm. Meet on west side of Higgins Bridge.March for human rights, Mother Earth & a united America.
March 27 (Monday)
Local Food Day at the Capitol in Helena, March 27. Will show impact of Montana-grown food on state’s economy, health, and communities. Exhibits 11am to 2pm. Program at noon.
March 28 (Tuesday)
Montana Women in Conservation Award Luncheon. Honors Amy Cilimburg of Climate Smart Missoula (formerly of MT Audubon). WHEN: March 28 at Noon; WHERE: The Loft, 119 W. Main, Msla. Appetizers from Masala.
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 29 (Wednesday)
Climate Change in Geologic History by Kallie Moore, UM Paleontology Center. First in a series of lectures on Navigating a Changing World. WHEN: March 29, 5-7pm; WHERE: MT Natural History Center. 120 Hickory St. Missoula
March 30 (Thursday)
Lorax Party and Potluck-- includes screening the classic film, food, games, community conversation. All ages welcome. Free (but donations accepted). WHEN: March 30, 6-9pm; WHERE: UM FLAT, 633 S. 5th St. E., near UM. Hosted by Environment MT & UM Wilderness Association.
March 31 (Friday)
April is Earth Month!
April 1 (Sat)
Off the Rack benefits for Blue Mountain Clinic (link). 7pm at Missoula Children's Theater.
World's Largest Garage Sale (link), benefit for UM Advocates. WHEN: 9:30am -1:30 pm. WHERE: UM Parking Garage. You can sell and/or buy.
Seed Saving Workshop. WHEN: April 1 from 1-3pm; WHERE: Seeley Lake Community Hall. Free.
April 4 (Tuesday)
Federal Public Lands Privatization Movement. Hal Herring journalist. Part ofUM 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 here
Highlights in Missoula & western MT below ... Detailed Earth Week Schedule here
April 15--DIG DAY-- help put food gardens in Missoula yards. Noon to 4pm; Meet at Caras Park. Contact 1000 New Gardens
Tour Natural History Center's Native Plant Garden. Apr 15 at 1pm @ 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 20-24-- Walk Through Time Exhibit on UM campus. Free.
April 20--UM's Sustainaganza on the Oval--tabling, activities, music, tours. Contact UM Student Involvement Network
April 21-- SuperFUNd Run in Bonner (link) 6pm
Missoula Art Park Dedication (link) 4:30-7:30pm
April 22 --Earth Service Day & Ecopentathalon (check back for updates)
8:45am-noon-- Teller Wildlife Refuge work day (fence removal, weeding, nesting platforms). Info/volunteer: email Lauren
9:30am-1:30pm -- Missoula Art Park events (link)
10am-12:30--Missoula Parks & Rec's Run for Trees (link) $ for tree$
1-5pm--Wildlife Habitat Gardens Tour, UM Native American Center. $10
3-7pm--MUD's Earth Day celebration (link) @ Free Cycles
7-10pm--UM FLAT celebration @ Free Cycles
6pm -- Global Gauntlet (fundraiser for MT World Affairs Council)
Ecopentathalon -- ride your bike to help at 4 of the above. More info: email Vicki
April 21-22 -- Kyiyo Pow Wow, UM Adams Center
April 23--DIG DAY--help put food gardens in Missoula yards. Noon to 4pm; Meet at Caras Park. Contact 1000 New Gardens
AERO's Expo, details to follow
April 28 (Friday)
Bitterroot Water Symposium, April 28 (8:40 to 4pm) at Bitterroot College of UM in Hamilton. Details to follow. Info: email or call 406-375-0100
April 29 (Saturday)
Missoula People's Climate Solidarity March and Rally (link). 4/29, 1-3pm. Meet at Higgins Bridge and march to XXX's for rally.
Volunteer Day at Slant Street Pocket Park--weeding & planting. WHEN: 4/29, 1-4pm; WHERE: Mount & Plymouth, near Rose Park, Msl.
May 4 (Thursday)
Climate Smart Meet-up (link) on Local Food & Ag. All welcome. WHEN: May 4, 5-7pm; WHERE: ImagineNation at 1151 W. Broadway , Missoula
May 7 (Sunday)
Know Your Farmer Children's Festival (link). Connecting families to food sources. food, fun, animals, games, music. Fundraiser for Spirit at Play. $10/adult; kids Free. WHEN: May 7 from 1-4pm; WHERE: 621 Stephens Avenue, Missoula
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 20 (Sat)
Five Valley Land Trust annual Banquet (fundraiser) -- live & silent auction, music, dinner, friends. WHEN: May 20 at 5:30pm; WHERE: UM's UC Ballroom. Tickets: $50. Call 406-549-0755 or visit our website
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.
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 email@example.com
Bring Your Own Brain-- a symposium to Free Us from Climate Chaos. Special guests: Steven Running, Noam Chomsky, George Monbiot, Derrick Jensen, Bill McKibben, Winona LaDuke, John Holloway, Nancy Holmstrom, Richard Smith, Gloria Munoz Ramirez, Bill Bigelow, Elias Pena Diaz, and many more. A call for forming Critical Thinking Communities to ask critical questions on steps to address climate chaos and other human society problems. Organized by Big Sky High's Free Us from Climate Chaos group <--Contact for more info.
June 21 (Wed)
June 26-July 2--Strawbale Construction workshop in Floweree, MT. Email Corrie at AERO for info
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
2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Flathead Valley. Check back for details.
2017 Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Conference, Choteau, MT