Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Berks County will welcome Jean Cecil of the Rachel Carson Homestead for a free spring lecture “Rachel Carson: A Sense of Wonder” on April 30 at 5 p.m. in the Visitor Center gallery.
The talk and slideshow will highlight Carson’s many conservation accomplishments and include a virtual tour of the National Historic Place in Springdale, Allegheny County, that was her childhood home.
Rachel Carson was a world-renowned marine biologist, environmentalist activist, and arguably the most influential nature writer of our time. Noticing changes in the environment, she was one of the earliest scientists to begin research on the effects of pesticides on wildlife.
Her work culminated in the 1962 publication of the landmark book "Silent Spring," in which she also included data from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary that documented a decline in the number of juvenile bald eagles seen on migration.
Although she was widely persecuted for Silent Spring, the book led to the creation of a presidential commission that largely endorsed her findings and the banning of the pesticide DDT.
Her work also helped to shape a growing environmental consciousness in the United States and today she is considered the founder of the modern environmental movement.
Registration is not required but recommended for this event by calling 610-756-6961.
The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the public year-round by trail-fee or membership, which in turn supports the nonprofit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training, and education programs.
To learn more about programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary website or call 610-756-6961. Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Sanctuary.
Visit the Rachel Carson Homestead website for more information on one of Pennsylvania’s most famous environmental researchers and writers.©Photo of Rachel Carson at North Lookout at Hawk Mountain by Shirley Briggs and used with permission of the Linda Lear Center for Archives and Special Collections at Connecticut College.