Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Environmental Speaker at deKoven House

Rockfall Program in Honor of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring & Women in Conservation to Feature Award-winning Author and Reporter, Dyana Furmansky

The Rockfall Foundation ( 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. The program is part of national recognition for the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking bookSilent Spring.

           Rosalie Edge (1877-1962) was the first American woman to     achieve national renown as a conservationist. Passionate, outspoken and often controversial, Edge did not join the conservation movement until her early fifties, however her legacy of achievements forms a crucial link between the eras defined by John Muir and Rachel CarsonAn 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 theHigh 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

            The deKoven House Community Center is located at 27 Washington Street in Middletown. For directions go to and click on the deKoven House page. 

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