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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 sea birds 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 an 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.

Featured Event

Linda Lear will speak at the Charleston Library Society on
March 1, 2018 at 6pm
on “Life in the Balance: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.”
All are welcome. Reception and book signing follow.

Charleston Library Society
164 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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