Rachel Carson: Secret Birder

10,000 Birds

After experiencing the Rachel Carson Commemorative in Duxbury, MA, she was moved to share some little-known facts about this tremendously influential nature writer’s interest in birds… I was thirteen when my mother and I took turns reading aloud the new bestseller, Silent Spring , on family vacation the summer of 1963. Maybe it was because we read Rachel Carson’s words out loud that her warnings about the silence of birds stayed with me.

Audubon Women in Conservation – 8th Annual Rachel Carson Awards

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On Monday, May 23rd, the Audubon Women in Conservation will hold its 8th Annual Rachel Carson Awards luncheon. Green Living Audubon Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Awards event Maya Lin Sigourney WeaveHaving attended last year , I’m honored to be participating as one of the Vice-Chairs of the event this year. Past recipients include such noted women as Alice Waters, Maria Rodale, Laurie David, Jayne Chase and Bette Midler.

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12th Annual Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Awards

The Green Samaritan

Through the power of social media and Twitter, TGS connected with the Women In Conservation back in 2010 for the 7th Annual Luncheon recognizing Isabella Rossellini and Fernanda Kellogg. On May 20th, See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

Audubon’s 2012 Women in Conservation: The Rachel Carson Award Goes To…

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The 2012 Rachel Carson Award recipients, L to R: The Rev. Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalism NYC NYC DOT rachel carson Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President of The Regeneration Project / Interfaith Power and Light, L. Hunter Lovins, President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, Audubon President David Yarnold, and Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of New York City Department of Transportation. Photo: Cutty McGill.

A Passion for Nature: 7 Must-Read Books on Climate Change.

Elephant Journal

Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green books climate change environment nature Rachel Carson readingSaving the environment does not have to be limited to somewhat boring reports depicting the scary statistics issued by institutes and universities these authors add passion that no-doubt fuels readers to act.

Words from Maya Lin, Sigourney Weaver and The Women of the Gulf

The Green Samaritan

Back from New York after attending the National Audubon Society’s Women in Conservation 8th Annual Rachel Carson Awards event where Sigourney Weaver and Maya Lin were honored for their environmental efforts. I often ask myself, what would Rachel Carson do? Green Living National Audubon Society Women in Conservation 8th Annual Rachel Carson Awards Women of the Gulf

Notes from Silver Creek: Natural Born Scientists

Nature Conservancy - Science

As Rachel Carson so eloquently observes in her 1956 book A Sense of Wonder : A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. A young scientist captures insects at Silver Creek Preserve. Credit: Sara Sheehy/TNC. By Dayna Gross, Silver Creek preserve manager. It was a normal Sunday for us. Mid-morning, we walked down to the creek to throw some rocks in the water and look for critters.

Podcast with Ecologist and Author Sandra Steingraber

Green Living Ideas

The good folks at Earth Justice have just produced this great podcast with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber, considered by many to be this generation’s Rachel Carson. Activism Alternative Energy Green Inspirations Pollution chemicals climate change fracking PCBs Rachel Carson Sandra Steingraber silent spring toxic trespass

Collective Arts: Stranger than Fiction

10,000 Birds

Speaking of great quotes, author and conservation icon Rachel Carson once wrote “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” I can’t imagine what life must be like during the current viral pandemic for those unlucky souls who don’t bird.

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World Health Organization Claims No Health Risk for DDT

Eco Friendly Daily

Banned in many countries for decades after the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring , DDT appears to be getting a public relations makeover by the World Health Organization, which says the chemical should be reassessed as a tool for fighting malaria.

Bette Midler is “mad” about birds

10,000 Birds

Bette Midler herself is a recipient of Audubon’s 2008 Rachel Carson Award for her work with the New York Restoration Project. Bette Midler , conservationist and star of screen and stage, has a thing for birds. “I love birds. I’m absolutely mad about them — I have been my whole life,” she told a packed ballroom at New York City’s Plaza Hotel last Thursday at a National Audubon Society dinner to honor two leading conservationists.

Sigourney Weaver Gets Audubon Award, Tells Ladies to “Kick Ass”

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Last week, the National Audubon Society honored actress Sigourney Weaver with the Rachel Carson Award at the organization’s annual Women in Conservation Luncheon. Despite the “a&# word in her speech, Weaver gave one of the most classy speeches on Rachel Carson and the legacy she leaves women of today.

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

Green (Living) Review

The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, the landmark 1962 book by Rachel Carson that revealed the decimation of birds and insects by the blanket use of DDT and other pesticides and led to the modern environmental movement.

World Health Organization Claims No Health Risk for DDT

Eco Friendly Daily

Banned in many countries for decades after the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, DDT appears to be getting a public relations makeover by the World Health Organization, which says the chemical should be reassessed as a tool for fighting malaria.

The Fossil Fuel Burden

Celsias

Kari: You've been called the new Rachel Carson and a poet with a knife. In 1962, Carson wrote Silent Spring , which has been credited for helping to spark the modern environmental movement with its warnings of the dangers of pesticides This is from the interview published on Earthjustice.org with ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber who discusses the need for meaningful reform of toxics regulation and why extreme energy extraction must end.

Breast milk reveals how many banned pesticides plague Tunisians

Green Prophet

Rachel Carson would be shocked: A recent study has found that the concentrations of banned chemicals like PCBs, DDT and organochlorines found in human breast milk of women sampled throughout Tunisia indicate widespread and elevated contamination particularly in older members of rural populations with high dairy and meat intake.

Mad Men Go Falcon Trapping

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ten years after this article appeared in LIFE magazine, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published. The thrill of victory: bird banders capture a falcon. By Joe Smith , ornithologist and restoration ecologist. I recently came across a 1952 LIFE magazine article profiling a group of falcon banders working on Assateague Island, Maryland. Along with the article is a series of striking photos of the banders and their lifestyle on the coast.

10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore

Nature Conservancy - Science

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge , Maine. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Rachel Carson’s passing. Carson is best known for Silent Spring , her work educating the public on the devastation caused by pesticides like DDT. The Rachel Carson NWR protects salt marshes and shrubland near her Maine summer home. The Carson Loop Trail offers a great views of the expansive salt marshes.

Calling All Birders: Come To Hog Island!

10,000 Birds

Rachel Carson was a frequent guest in the 1950s. The first time I saw a puffin, it was a revelation. I’d seen pictures of them, of course – the stocky, flamboyantly-beaked little seabirds who always seem to be wearing expressions of sympathetic concern – but I’d never seen one “in bird” (the avian equivalent of “in person”). I was returning from Rockport, Maine, having retrieved my daughter Skye and her friend Bau-Hien from a photography workshop.

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Washashore by Suzanne Goldsmith

10,000 Birds

She’s just discovering the work of Rachel Carson and finds a sympathetic ear in a young teacher who is dating the island’s resident bird rescuer. The early teen years are prime time for kids to adopt environmentalism as a cause. The human sense of fairness and empathy is strongly in place by age eight or so, while puberty sparks the sense that authority figures don’t always know best and that heady idealism that old fogies tend to see as self-righteousness.

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Listening to Falcons: The Peregrines of Tom Cade

10,000 Birds

She’s already written about Rachel Carson: Secret Birder. Author Sherrida Woodley thinks deeply about dearly departed birds. such as California Condors and Passenger Pigeons. She also has an abiding interest in important figures in natural history. Now, Sherri turns her attention to an ornithologist with a soft spot for raptors… The boy pushed through scrub mesquite following a trail strangely different from the rest of his grandfather’s land.

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Contemplating California Condors

10,000 Birds

For me, a bird called the California Condor has taken over more of my thoughts lately, and I decided it was time to see one before giving a presentation about it to the Rachel Carson Commemoration at the National Aviary in May. And, as Carson, herself, might’ve said, it’s with a sense of wonder that I’m able to witness it. Author Sherrida Woodley finds inspiration at the intersection of avians and extinction.

Audubon Woman In Conservation: Four Honorees to Inspire Us All

The Green Samaritan

Home About Terms of Use & Privacy Policy Disclosure Contact Product Reviews Monthly Eco-Resolutions Quick Reference Guide Subscribe Audubon Woman In Conservation: Four Honorees to Inspire Us All May 21, 2010 Through the power of social media and Twitter, I connected with the National Audubon Society’s Women In Conservation organization and the next thing I knew I was in New York attending their 7th Annual Rachel Carson Awards event on Tuesday, May 18.

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5 Green Books to Buy for Christmas (Or Hannukah)

Green Prophet

Written by Rachel Carson, the book was a clarion call to the world, on why we need to wake up to the industrial pollution we are putting into our earth, and bodies. Ironically Carson died quite young in her 50s from breast cancer. There are more Christians in Egypt than Jews in Israel. And few westerners might realize that there are Christian Arabs living in the Holy Land of Israel – some since the early beginnings of Christianity.

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Non-Toxic Pest Control, Beating Out the Bedbugs

Green Home Blog

And while DDT was admittedly the impetus behind the agricultural boom after WWII, Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring , also gave birth to a more important perception or point of view, this one called “the environmental movement”. In the summer of 2011, New York homes, hotels and hospital wings suffered an infestation of bedbugs. Bed bugs are yucky – and even uglier if seen up close under a microscope.

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Comebackers

10,000 Birds

DDT led to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which could (indirectly) be why a lot of us are birders in the first place. If you ask this Great Ornithologist, extinction is an extremely depressing issue. For mankind to snatch away a species’ very existence is wrong on so many levels that I can’t begin to explain them. It is the ultimate expression of ignorance, greed, and rampant anthropocentrism that seemingly drives cultures around the world.

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Non-Toxic Pest Control, Beating Out the Bedbugs

Green Home Blog

And while DDT was admittedly the impetus behind the agricultural boom after WWII, Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, Silent Spring , also gave birth to a more important perception or point of view, this one called “the environmental movement”. In the summer of 2011, New York homes, hotels and hospital wings suffered an infestation of bedbugs. Bed bugs are yucky – and even uglier if seen up close under a microscope.

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How Medicines Are Contaminating The Earth

Green Prophet

The dangerous implications of chemicals on our health and the planet entered the public consciousness back in the 1960′s, and was influenced (in part) by campaigners such as Rachel Carson whose groundbreaking book ‘Silent Spring’ highlighted the toxic nature of DDT. Carson explained that chemicals have complex implications on our environment and can act in ways we never predicted.

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Breaking Up with the Sierra Club | PR Watch

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You gave a glowing review of my first book, Living Downstream -- a review that appeared in the pages of Sierra magazine and hailed me as "the new Rachel Carson." So, Sierra Club, call some other writer your new Rachel Carson. And, yes, they are fracking in Rachel Carsons beloved Allegheny County, too. So, here are some parting words from the former new Rachel Carson. Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts.

5 Great Ever “Green” Book Ideas and Gifts for Christmas

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Written by Rachel Carson , the book was a clarion call to the world, on why we need to wake up to the industrial pollution we are putting into our earth, and bodies. Ironically Carson died quite young in her 50s from breast cancer.

2010 TGS Year in Review

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May : Off to New York for the Audubon Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Awards event which was inspiring and an honor to attend. Home About Terms of Use & Privacy Policy Disclosure Contact Product Reviews Monthly Eco-Resolutions Quick Reference Guide Subscribe 2010 TGS Year in Review January 1, 2011 Happy New Year! As we approach new days ahead, here’s a look back at favorite posts from 2010.

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Write for Sustainability and Win $10,000 in Creative Writing Contest

Green Prophet

“Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factual and scientifically accurate,” editors note. Unleash your inner Thoreau, show the human side of sustainability and and win $10,000 for a creative nonfiction essay. Have you been lucky enough to Dance at the Dead Sea but then couldn’t help but notice its destruction?

Elk in the Neighborhood: On Conservation and Lost Hope

Nature Conservancy - Science

It is not just the Theodore Roosevelts and Rachel Carsons who make a difference, as important as they are. The wind whistled through the hills and my face felt numb with cold. Prudence suggested I call it a day. How about we check out one more spot?” I said to my son. Then we’ll go home and play.”. My son, 16 months at the time, didn’t offer a dissenting view. He seemed snug in his harness against my chest. And we were only a short 15-minute walk from home. One more spot.

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Is Natural History Still Relevant for Conservation Science?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Many of the most well-known figures in conservation history have been observant naturalists – think Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson , Jane Goodall and Edward O. Is field observation still relevant to conservation science? Photo: © Matt Moorhead/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. As conservation science increasingly draws from sophisticated models and genomics , does natural history still have relevance?

The Origin of Earth Day and Greening the Arab Spring

Green Prophet

Then Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring hit the NY Times bestseller list in 1962 and woke them up. It is worth remembering that a few decades ago, there were no environmentalists in the United States. There were no rules that prohibited polluters from spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere. Nobody was watching the agriculture industry to ensure that their pesticides weren’t contaminating water ways. Americans were asleep.

Are Women The Globe’s Green Giants?

Green Prophet

Leopold’s philosophy was amplified by subsequent environmental pioneers like Rachel Carson and Bill McKibbon. A growing body of research shows a split down gender lines when we make environmental choices. Men may be from Mars, but women are the greener creatures, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Women in industrialized countries buy most of the eco-friendly household products. Women also load up on organic foods.

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It’s Earth Day! How are you saving the planet today?

Green Living Ideas

Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962.” The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, in a much different place and time. As EarthDay.org explains, “At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press.

Can Environmental SF Help Save Our Planet?

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Now think of how a single book—Silent Spring by Rachel Carson—helped spawn the American environmental movement of the 1960s. That is the question David Holmes at Monash University asked in his Feb 20 th 2014 article in the Australian ezine The Conversation. There is an obvious trend toward environmental premise in science fiction.

Celebrating Womanhood: I am Woman I am Paradox

The Alien Next Door

She is Joan of Arc , Queen Elizabeth I , Amelia Earhart , Marie Curie , Anne Frank , Mother Teresa , Mary Wollstonecraft , Rachel Carson , Lynn Margulis , Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter. Photos: Joan of Arc Elizabeth 1 Anne Frank Rachel Carson Lynn Margulis Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter Labels: altruism , leadership , the world will be saved by the western woman , womanhood , women and paradox Stumble It!

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China’s ‘Silent Spring’ has many more political hurdles to jump

Green Blog

Under the Dome invites comparison with Silent Spring , Rachel Carson’s 1962 exposé of the effects of pesticides, and some commentators have predicted that the documentary will galvanise China in much the same way that Carson’s book changed America. For all their similarities, there are still many hurdles facing the documentary that Carson’s book did not experience.

Pupfish: Conserving a Mojave Desert Survivor

Nature Conservancy - Science

Rachel Carson once wrote “Conservation is a cause that has no end. Ash Meadows Amargosa pupfish. Photo: Scott Hein. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. I’m at the hottest, driest place on the continent , and I’m looking for fish. At first glance, the rocky canyons and salt pans of the Mojave Desert seem the very last place to seek out aquatic life.

Why Conservation Should Embrace a Diversity of People & Values

Nature Conservancy - Science

Around the same time, Rachel Carson warned that we were harming nature at our own expense: “But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”. Willie Atu (on left), showing a map of the conserved and threatened areas of the Solomons to the Mothers Union, a group of Kia women who have worked with the Conservancy to raise conservation awareness. Photo © Bridget Besaw/TNC. By Heather Tallis, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy.

From Farm to (Board) Table: How One Woman is Changing the Face of Agriculture in Georgia

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As a teenager, I read about Rachel Carson and every time I saw a crop duster fly overhead, I worried about what it was spraying, and how it might be changing the environment in ways I couldn’t see. Corn field ©Theophilos Papadopoulos/flickr. Stories of Women in Agriculture. One of my first memories of growing up in the cornfields of Illinois is of sinking knee deep in freshly tilled soil while wearing my Sunday clothes.