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An Alliance for Awareness

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Providing information about issues relevant to Silent Spring and critical today.

An Alliance for Action

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Committed to Rachel Carson’s vision.

An Alliance for Wonder

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Experiencing delight in the natural world and sharing it.

Current Issues & Insights

Rachel Carson’s World: In 1951 and 2016

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In her 1951 “Words to Live By” piece Rachel Carson wrote:

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Song thrush, Turdus philomelos

“In these troubled times it is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility. There is modern truth in the ancient wisdom of the psalmist: `I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.’”

In 2016 urgent reports predict grave dangers to wild creatures and their habitats unless we reverse the detrimental impacts of humans on our planet. Today the hills, valleys, streams and seas need our help to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity. Noted ecologists E.O. Wilson and Doug Tallamy have proposed global and local actions that we can take. For further discussion click here.

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Mountain Mint

Colorful blooms (purple, deep red, yellow, orange and pale pink) are flourishing in our Green Legacy Garden at midsummer

(July 27, 2016)

Click here for more about them and their popularity with visiting bees, butterflies and birds

View From Rachel’s Window – July 2016:

California CondorCaring Individuals As Guardians of California Condors, America’s Largest Birds

Work at Protecting Them from Human-Generated Hazards

Click here for full article

 

A Garden is Dedicated to Rachel Carson on Her Birthday

rcla_pollinator_garden_0516May 27, 2016: Rachel Carson was born on this day in 1907. It is also the day chosen for dedicating a Green Legacy Garden intended as a safe habitat for plants, pollinators and feathered visitors as well as a tribute to Rachel Carson and the others who helped bring it about. Ground breaking took place in 2015 and planning started even earlier.

In accord with Carson’s preference for avoidance of hazardous chemical pesticides, the Garden is a chemical pesticide-free natural habitat.

Most plants in the Green Legacy Garden are native to the Mid-Atlantic area, where it is located. They can be counted on to provide flowers that benefit wildlife and bloom from early Spring thru late Fall.

It is not too early for those who admire Rachel Carson to start putting in place plans for a Rachel Carson Tribute Garden to be dedicated on May 27, 2017 which will be the 110th year since her birth.

Green Legacy Garden Plants in Full bloom on this day (5-27-16) include: False blue indigo (Baptisia australis), Foxglove penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) Salvia nemorosa “Caradonna”, Woodland sedum (Sedum ternatum), Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium), and Heartleaf foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

More about blooms in the Green Legacy Garden in the months to come
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A Herbicide’s Impact on Bees, Blooms and Beyond

The herbicide 2,4-D widely-used in combination products is designed to kill broad-leaf plants. It can also adversely impact animals as our accompanying report details. Due to the importance of pollinators and their declining numbers, 2,4-D’s potential hazard to bees deserves urgent attention.

We recommend that regulators give prompt, serious emphasis to profiling how exposure to 2,4-D alone and in combination with other herbicides could adversely impact bees. In view of the recognized hazards to various non-target species from 2,4-D we strongly recommend avoiding use of this herbicide in areas designated for people, pollinators, desirable plants and wildlife.

Click here for complete report.

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new_starburst-rightRCLA 2016 Contest –
Rachel Carson Intergenerational
Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild: 
Winning Entries (14 total)
Congratulations to All!

First Place Winners (8)

First Place in the Poem Category

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“A Day of Wonder”
Katie, age 17, and her Teacher

Theme: Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild
“Wandering Wind”
Connor, age 18; Cassidy, age 17; and their Teacher

First Place in the Mixed Media Category (Poem & Photo)

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“Light to Dark”
Haley, age 16, and her Teacher

Theme: Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild
“The Dryads”
Ibrahim, age 12, and his Aunt

First Place in the Essay Category

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“The Unnamed Waterfall of Mount Rainier”
John, age 17, and his Teacher

Theme: Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild
“One Species”
Ashlynn, age 16, and her Mother

First Place in the Mixed Media Category (Essay & Photo)

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“The Wind: Nature’s Invisible Hero”
Alexis, age 9; her sister Madeline; her friend Lauren; and her Mother

Theme: Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild
“Marvelous Monarch”
Mikala, age 12 and her Grandfather

Honorable Mention & Special Mention Winners (6)

Honorable Mention in the Poem Category

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“The Month’s Seasons”
Maddie, age 16, and her Teacher

Honorable Mention in the Mixed Media Category
(Poem & Photo)

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“Wisconsin’s Devil’s Lake”
Abbey, age 16, and her Teacher

Honorable Mention in the Essay Category

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“Adventures on a Walk”
Michael, age 17, and his Grandfather

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“The Great Outdoors”
Nocole, age 18, and her Teacher

Special Mention in the Poem Category

Theme: Sense of Wonder
“Sense of Wonder: A Message to Today’s Youth”
Damian, age 17, and his Teacher

Special Mention in the Essay Category

Theme: Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild
“Spring Woods”
Leah, age 17, and her Teacher

Note: Details about the winning entries to follow soon

Glover Archbold National Park visitors check out a marker honoring Rachel Carson and park namesakes Charles Glover and Anne Archbold after its unveiling on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Photo Credit: John A. Bray

Glover Archbold National Park visitors check out a marker honoring Rachel Carson and park namesakes Charles Glover and Anne Archbold after its unveiling on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Photo Credit: The Hoe, John A. Bray

Unveiling of Panel Honoring Rachel Carson at Glover Archbold National Park in Washington, DC

A joyous celebration of Rachel Carson under the towering Tulip Poplars and Oaks on September 27, 2016.

The attractive panel is situated on a grassy slope near the Park’s trail access on the south side of Reservoir Road. It provides information on the historical importance of Rachel Carson through her book Silent Spring, a groundbreaking work released in 1962 that warned a then unknowing citizenry about problems with chemical pesticides.

Click here for full article

Our new brochure:
THE RACHEL CARSON SENSE OF WONDER/SENSE OF THE WILD CONTEST for 2016 is now available

It contains:

  • The new deadline for entries
  • Recent Winning Entries
  • Suggested Projects for Contest Entries

Click here for brochure PDF

Click here for Reading Tips—Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild Contest—Elementary School Level 2016


2016 Rachel Carson Open House “Second Look”

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Poet Meredith Hadaway

Our “Second Look” at this memorable event gives new details not covered in our “First Look” as well as recommendations for action that we all can take to help birds.

 

Click here for full article

 

 


2016 RACHEL CARSON
OPEN HOUSE – FIRST LOOK

Rose-breasted Grosbeak visits the 2016 Rachel Carson Open House

Rose-breasted Grosbeak visits the 2016 Rachel Carson Open House

The 2016 Rachel Carson Open House took place on several different levels. Indoors there were informative presentations by 3 outstanding speakers, poetry readings and a music performance in one room, a table for creative intergenerational artwork was located in another, and there was the new historic exhibit in the corner of Rachel Carson’s study bearing a striking resemblance to photos taken in the 1960s. Organic refreshments were available in the dining room and kitchen. Outdoors there was a native plant sale and the new pollinator garden to draw visitors’ attention. Click here for full article.


Announcing the 2016 Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild Contest!

Entries can focus on either of two themes:

Layout 1Show Your Sense of Wonder. Entries should express the Sense of Wonder your intergenerational team feels for the beauty of natural surroundings, as near as your backyard or as far away as the night sky.

Show Your Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild. Entries should express your intergenerational team’s appreciation of and wonder for a natural (wild) plant or animal in its own ecosystem performing a benefit for a person, group, society, or the Earth. Such beneficial activities make possible the survival of their species as well as our own.

Winners: Winners in each of the 6 “Sense of Wonder” categories and the 6 “Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild” categories will receive an award from the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance, and some of the submissions will be featured on the RCLA website. Winners will be announced on December 1, 2016.

Deadline for entries is November 1, 2016.

For full details about this contest, including specific entry rules, click here.

Previous Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest Winners

For complete Sense of Wonder/Sense of the Wild Contest Winners 2015 click here

For complete Sense of Wonder Contest Winners 2014 click here

Experiencing Spring: Then and Now
2015 Rachel Carson Open House

Here’s a great way to remember Rachel Carson on her birthday and beyond.

Click here for details

RCLA Native Plant Mini-List
May 2015

Listing of some of many plants native to the Mid-Atlantic area, which when in bloom, provide nectar and pollen to insects. Some of them also host plants to the larvae of butterflies and other insects.

Click here more more information

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ABOUT RACHEL CARSON

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the
wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

—Rachel Carson

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