Spring 2012

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Spring 2012 issue of Sanctuary magazine

And No Birds Sing: Fifty Years Since Silent Spring

Editor's Column

Earth Shakers 
by John H. Mitchell

President's Message

A Personal Thank You to Our Members 
by Laura Johnson

A Fable for Tomorrow

Although she could never had foreseen the coming events, Rachel Carson's imagined preface to Silent Spring has proved true for far different reasons. A new class of pest controls, global climate change, and habitat loss have proved as threatening to birdlife as insecticides. 
by Rachel Carson

The Trailblazer

First Rachel Carson opened the world of sea life to thousands of readers with her books on oceans. And then, as if that were not enough, wrote what some critics have suggested was the most important book on the natural world since Darwin’s Origin of the Species
by Gayle Goddard-Taylor

Silent No More

Rachel Carson’s work, and ultimately her decision to publish Silent Spring, came about in part from influence from her Boston-based editor and an outspoken friend and ally from the South Shore. 
by Ann Prince

Of Kestrels, Meadowlarks, and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers

Rachel Carson may have helped to abolish one class of pesticides, but, unfortunately, a new and more insidious group of insect controls has risen up to replace them. 
by Chris Leahy


For a long time, Rachel Carson was reluctant to publish Silent Springsince she realized she would set off a veritable earthquake among her commercially based critics. Finally, after a great deal of encouragement from friends, her editor, and fellow scientists, she went ahead and published the book. The aftershocks of the predicted quake are still reverberating. 
by Thomas Conuel

The Way We Were

A new publication by Mass Audubon reviews the state of bird populations in our time. The document offers an interesting comparison to the conditions of birdlife in Rachel Carson’s time. Some things have improved. Some things have gotten decidedly worse. 
by Wayne Petersen

The Political Landscape

Every age seems to have its own overarching environmental problem. In Rachel Carson’s time it was the indiscriminate use of persistent pesticides. In our time it’s global climate change. 
by Jennifer Ryan