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The Next Page: Rachel Carson, a child of the Allegheny

Linda Lear - July 8, 2018

In March, Jill Lepore, the Harvard historian popular New Yorker staff writer, published a thoughtful essay criticizing the new Library of America edition of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” with its attendant collection of essays, for failing to mention Carson’s earlier writing on the sea. Continue reading on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Rachel Carson: Voice of Nature," featuring Linda Lear

Focus on Rachel Carson’s connection to Pennsylvania and the impact her work has had on PA environmental and conservation policy. Inspired by a supportive mother, her natural surroundings and the Allegheny River, it was her formative years in Springdale that would shape her passionate environmental ethic.

Aired: 03/22/18

Guest Post by David Klinger

Photo Credit: Ann R. Gridley

From time to time the Editor asks a guest expert to comment on a timely issue; one that Rachel Carson cared deeply about and which relates directly to the body of her work. Wildlife was central to her vision of environmental protection and birds particularly figured in her writing and research.

Carson wrote about birds, their importance to humans, their habitats and behavior in all of her books. A sanderling was her focus in Under the Sea-wind, various seabirds were featured in The Sea Around Us and shore birds took center stage in The Edge of the Sea. In Silent Spring the death of robins through human agency was central to her intention to highlight the potential of human destruction of the natural world. In December 2017, the Trump Administration announced its intention to severely limit the protection of migratory birds and to alter the direction of historic federal policy.

David Klinger worked as a writer and editor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1977 to 2012, He frequently writes for newspapers and magazines on wildlife issues. He lives in Boise, Idaho and has kindly contributed this essay explaining this latest action against birds.

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