Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Save the date: Rockfall Program in Honor of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring & Women in Conservation

The Rockfall Foundation (www.rockfallfoundation.org) is hosting an evening talk and reception with award-winning Colorado reporter and author, Dyana Furmansky, featuring her most recent book, Rosalie Edge – Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists. Furmansky will speak September 20, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the deKoven House Community Center.

Rosalie Edge (1877-1962) was the first American woman to achieve national renown as a conservationist. An early voice against the indiscriminate use of toxins and pesticides, Edge reported evidence about the dangers of DDT 14 years before Carson's Silent Spring was published. Today, Edge is most widely remembered for establishing Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the world's first refuge for birds of prey, in 1934. Hawk Mountain was cited in Silent Spring as an "especially significant" source of data.

Dyana Furmansky's articles on environmental subjects and the culture of the American West have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon Magazine, American Heritage, High Country News, Wilderness and many other publications. In 1986 she was part of the High Country News reporting team that won the George Polk award for Environmental Reporting. She is co-author of These American Lands: Parks, Wilderness and the Public Land with T.H. Watkins. Rosalie Edge received a 2009  Wormsloe Foundation Nature Award and the 2010 Colorado Book Award.

Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Suggested donation: $20 per guest. For reservations: Call Tony at (860) 347-0340; or email tmarino@rockfallfoundation.org.

The deKoven House Community Center is located at 27 Washington Street in Middletown. There is some limited parking in the Center’s small lot, as well as parking in the city lot next door. For directions, click here and again on the deKoven House page.

The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County. Established in 1935, it is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations whose mission is to be a catalyst – bringing people together and supporting organizations to
conserve and enhance the county’s natural environment. Rockfall awards grants each year to organizations, schools and municipalities, and continues to hold and manage open space property in the county.

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