Conservation Calendar 2019

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 here. 

2019

Oct 14 (Monday)

Help Bitterroot Water Forum complete work on a wildlife friendly fence . Oct 14, from 9 am to 3 pm. Meet in the Missoula Walmart Garden Center Parking lot off HWY 93 to carpool to the site. More info, contact Emilie

Moth Ecology -- moths are critical food sources for bats, owls & nighthawks says UM researcher Matt Seidensticker. Hear more at this Five Valleys Audubon meeting, open to all. Oct 14, 7-9 pm in UM's Gallagher Business building, room 123.

Oct 15 (Tues)

Missoula City Council Candidate Forum at UM. Question the candidates about issues that concern you. Oct 15 at 12:30 pm in the UC Atrium. Candidates are bringing their favorite baked treats.

Info session on UM's Sustainable Business Strategies Certificate. All welcome. Oct 15 at 3:30 pm in UM's Galagher Business Building room 226. More info: suzanne.tilleman@umontana.edu

Faith & Climate Action meets to plan future 'Caring for Creation through Climate Action' events. All welcome. Oct 15, 4-5 pm at Emmaus House (532 University Ave, Msla).

4th Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate will show at UM's University Center Theater. Free. Oct 15 at 5:30 pm.

Grow your own greens this winter -- free workshop provided by 1000 New Gardens. Oct 15 at 7 pm at UM FLAT, 633 S 5th St E, near UM.  Workshop is in the studio on the alley.

Oct 16 (Wed)

Farm Tour -- Bell Crossing Farm (Stevensville) -- Hops Infrastructure. Info here on all farm tours.

Flathead Basin Commission meets in Bigfork -- AGENDA  includes allocating fish & wildlife funds, water quality trends, stormwater projects, etc. Oct 16, 10:30 am to 5 pm at Swan Lake Ranger District, 200 Ranger Station Rd, Bigfork. For more info, contact kate.wilson@mt.gov

How rising temperatures may affect the range of aquatic insects. A talk by Alisha Shah of UM. All welcome. Oct 16 from noon to 1 pm in Interdisciplinary Science Building room 110.

Increasing natural storage of water with Beaver Mimicry structures -- a talk by Andy Bobst, MT Bureau of Mines and Geology. Oct 16, 4-5 pm at Montana Tech, 1300 W. Park, Butte (Chemistry/Biology Building room 102).  More info, contact rpal@mtech.edu, 406-496-4102.

Oct 16-17 -- Stock up for Winter at Garden City Harvest's Fall Veggie Sale, Noon to 6 pm at River Road Farm, 1657 River Road, Msla. 

Oct 17 (Thursday)

Montana's Citizen Initiative Process-- how many citizens does it take to change a light bulb to green? Russ Doty will explain Initiative 187 which if passed would increase Montana's renewable energy standard, improve net metering, & develop a fund to assist fossil-fuel-dependent communities. Russ served in the MT legislature & as council to the MT Public Service Commission. WHEN/WHERE: Oct 17 at  11 am to 12:30 pm in Rankin 203. All welcome.

Help monitor the Fall Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot Valley. 11 am - 3 pm. For more info and to sign up, contact Joshua  jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285.  Monitoring will also occur on 10/21 & 10/29.

Help build a new community garden for Missoula near Hellgate Elementary. Oct 17, 12:30-4:30 pm.  More info & Sign up online here

Oct 19 (Sat)

Pumpkin Run -- This Run Wild Missoula marathon will benefit UM's Revolving Energy Loan Fund which funds energy & resource conservation projects on the UM campus. Registration is $15. This 5k run starts at 10:24 am on Oct 19 and runs along the Clark Fork river on the Riverfront South & Milwaukee Trails.

Litter cleanup along HWY 93, led by Bitterroot Water Forum. Oct 19 from 9 am to 3 pm. Meet in the Hamilton Safeway parking lot to carpool to site. More info, contact Emilie

Family Friendly Bird Walk at Metcalf Wildlife Refuge led by Five Valleys Audubon. Oct 19, 10 am to noon. Meet at the Visitors Center. For more info, email Larry

Fall Family Fest at Ft Missoula Regional Park 1-4 pm. Food, live music, hay rides, cider pressing and more.

Harvest Party & Fundraiser at UM FLAT -- Live music, fun activities. $7 gets you homeMMMMMMmade soup, pie & cider. Enter a pie in the pie contest to get in free.  Oct 19, 3 - 7 pm at 633 S. 5th St E. on the NW corner of the UM campus. 

Oct 20 (Sunday)

Missoula Tweed Ride (Fundraiser for Free Cycles)-- Oct 20,  1 pm: soup & libations at 732 S First St, Msla; 2 pm: Leisurely cycle ride to afternoon tea; 3 pm: 'Best of' prizes in Greenough Park . LIve music, silent auction, and many folks spiffily dressed.

Oct 21 (Monday)

Help monitor the Fall Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot Valley. 11 am - 3 pm. For more info and to sign up, contact Joshua  jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285.  Monitoring will also occur on 10/29.

Oct 23 (Wed)

Help Bitterroot Water Forum complete work on a wildlife friendly fence . Oct 23, from 9 am to 3 pm. Meet in the Missoula Walmart Garden Center Parking lot off HWY 93 to carpool to the site. More info, contact Emilie

MontPIRG social gathering -- food, drink & a warm fire. Oct 23 at 5:30 pm at Ten Spoon Winery (4175 Rattlesnake Dr, Msla). RSVP to info@mtpirg.org

Beavers in North America (history of trapping & new valuing of their ecosystem role). A talk by Ben Goldfarb. Oct 23 at 7 pm at MT Natural History Center. More info here.

Oct 25 (Friday)

Peace Corps Storytelling at UM -- Returning volunteers tell their stories, answer questions, give tips for a successful experience. Oct 25, first session 2-3 pm; 2nd session at 5-6 pm; in UM's University Center room 329.   More info, contact peacecorps@umontana.edu

Oct 25-27 -- AERO EXPO-- Cultivating Community Resilience, MSU Bozeman. Info here.

Oct 26 (Saturday)

1000 New Gardens Dig Day -- help Missoulians put their gardens to bed for the winter. Check back for more details.

Help Trout Unlimited plant trees and shrubs along Upper Miller Creek. Oct 26, 10 am to 2 pm. For more info on where to meet and what to bring, contact Lily@clarkfork.org ot call her at 406-542-0539 x 200

Oct 27 (Sunday)

All day field trip to Brown's Lake to see waterfowl. Meet at 8:50 am in NW corner of Adams Center parking lot. Five Valleys Audubon invites everyone. For more info, email Larry

Oct 27-30: Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Spokane, ID. Theme: Co-creating a Sustainable Economy.   Schedule here...... Registration here

Oct 29 (Thursday)

Help monitor the Fall Raptor Migration in the Bitterroot Valley. 11 am - 3 pm. For more info and to sign up, contact Joshua  jlisbon@mpgranch.com or 406-396-6285. 

Oct 30 (Wed)

Lolo Watershed Group gathering. Free, all welcome. Meet the LWG board and see posters of research & restoration projects in the Lolo Creek watershed. Oct 30, 5-8 pm at Lolo Peak Brewery, 6201 Brewery Way, Lolo.

Nov 2 (Saturday)

All day field trip to Metcalf Wildlife Refuge led by Five Valleys Audubon. Meet at 8:50 am in NW Corner of UM's Adams Center parking lot. For more info, email Larry

Fundraiser for 1000 New Gardens, Soil Cycle and Free Cycles. -- check back for details.

Nov 4 (Monday)

UM Sustainable Campus Committee meets Nov 4 at 1 pm in UM's Campus Recreation Conference room (2nd floor, NE corner of Campus recreation building). All Welcome. Meetings of the SCC will be first Mondays of the month

Nov 6-7 -- Montana Wetland Council strategic planning meeting in Helena. All those interested in conserving Montana's wetland resources are invited to this facilitated discussion to help develop Montana's State Wetland Plan. For more info, contact Stephen Carpenedo
Montana DEQ, Wetland Program, (406)-444-3527, SCarpenedo2@mt.gov

Nov 13 (Wed)

Organize for our Outdoors (Conservation Funding). MT conservation groups will explain the Land & Water Conservation Fund & how citizens can work for it to be fully funded. Hosted by MontPIRG. Nov 13 from 6-8pm in UM's University Center room 330. 

Nov 14 (Thurs)

Climate Smart Monthly meetup --focused on Sustainable Economic Development.  Nov 14, 5-7 pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway, Msla

Prairie Dogs -- Ecosystem Engineers-- Kristy Bly of the World Wildlife Fund tells how prairie dogs once managed the grasslands of North America. Free. Nov 14 at 7pm in Stevensville library, 208 Main street, Stevensville.

Nov 15 (Friday)

Status of the Grizzly Bear in the Northern Rockies – Is the grizzly really recovered?   Hear the views of grizzly bear scientists hosted by Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force. Nov 15, noon to 2 pm in UM’s University Center room 330.

Help the Heart of the Clark Fork -- provide feedback on a Watershed Restoration Plan for the Central Clark Fork River watershed. More info on the plan & why it is needed here. Nov 15 in UM's University Center room 330.  Presentation on the plan at 2:30 pm followed by Q&A and facilitated discussion. Then at 5:30, presentation, Q&A & discussion will be repeated for those who come after work.

 

Dec 4-5 -- Montana Aquatic Invasive Species Summit, in Helena at Carroll College.  Check back for info.

Dec 7-9 -- Montana Organic Association Annual Meeting, in Bozeman

January 13 (Monday)

Climate Change and how it affects our native plants and animals. Free talk by Kelsey Jensco, MT state climatologist & lead author of Montana's Climate Assessment. Joint meeting of MT Audubon & MT Native Plant Society. All welcome. Jan 13 at 7 pm in UM's Gallagher Business Building room 123.

February 24 -- Annual meeting of Montana Chapter of American Fisheries Society in Kalispell
March 30-31 -- Soil Health Innovations Conference, MSU- Bozeman. Theme: Better soil health practices for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience. More info, contact Vince Van Meter

APRIL IS EARTH MONTH -- 50 year anniversary of Earth Day

April 21-23 -- Innovative Solutions for Evolving Restoration Science -- hosted by MT Natural Resource Damage Program working to restore the upper Clark Fork River. April 21-23 at Fairmont Hot Springs, MT.  Website will be here

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