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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

Pesticide Misinformation and the Public — Part 1

Pesticide misinformation taking place around us is not a new phenomenon. It was part of the challenge that prompted Rachel Carson to write Silent Spring. Today, it can appear in non-traditional forms, such as in an article from a group with a scientific-sounding name, or in a report by an organization claiming to be citizen-based and studying declines in bee populations.

Rusty Patched Bumblebee

Legislation based on grassroots efforts by citizens or involving “The Endangered Species Act” can counter misinformation and help educate the public about some hazardous aspects of chemical pesticides. Investigative journalists can contribute in-depth information to help further public awareness of questionable actions by chemical industry representatives seeking to protect their products. (Click here for complete report.)

Twelve Important Things About Landscape Pesticides

This overview is designed to help a home owner or interested citizen by providing some basic facts about landscape pesticides.  It is intended to be used in conjunction with Pesticide Misinformation and the Public — Part 1″

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Rachel Carson’s World: In 1951 and 2016

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

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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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2nd Save the Date Notice

Rachel Carson Open House, Saturday May 6, 2017

Noon to 3 p.m. • 11701 Berwick Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904

Features:

  • Listen: to music by Magpie
  • Hear: two outstanding speakers Dr. Bridget Stutchbury and Dr. Jessica Dimuzio.
  • Choose for purchase: Plants from Chesapeake Natives.

Back again! Chesapeake Natives one of the finest growers in the area will provide a wide selection of plants they have raised in Maryland without toxic chemicals.

NEW, About Dr. Dimuzio: She is a veterinarian specializing in wildlife preservation, who has researched and taught conservation programs in Africa, Asia, and North America. Dr. “D.” loves to get kids (and adults) excited about wildlife and their natural habitats through her nonfiction storytelling, classroom talks, and nature walks. She provides all these programs through “Nature Tales and Trails, LLC,” a company she founded in 2011.

She is the author of two delightful, award-winning books for children: Bark! Bark! Bark for my Park! which tells how her dog, Johnny Angel helped preserve a 690 acre farm park, and Bow Wow Wow! Green Beans Now? which discloses how this same little canine conservationist introduces children to organic gardening and the joy of eating homegrown vegetables, in an appealing and humorous way.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

More for information click here

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

First Place Winners (8)

Click here for summaries

First Place in the Poetry Category

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

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

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

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

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

First Place in the Essay Category

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

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

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 Valerie

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

Honorable Mention & Special Mention Winners (6)

Honorable Mention in the Poetry Category

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

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

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

Honorable Mention in the Essay Category

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

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

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 Elizabeth

Special Mention in the Essay Category

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

Click here for summaries

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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.

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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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