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And No Birds Sing: Fifty Years Since Silent Spring
by John H. Mitchell
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
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