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April 18, 2010

Rachel Carson: "A Sense of Wonder"

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~Rachel Carson

A Sense of Wonder Trailer from Film Sprout on Vimeo

On this Earth Day Week a remembrance of the life and work of Rachel Carson is seems more needed than ever. If you’re looking for a film that captures her spirit and the history of the time, please tune into “A Sense of Wonder” a docudrama completed last year and now being broadcast again on PBS.

Carson wrote “A Silent Spring” the groundbreaking environmental book documenting the effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson’s thesis was that the chemical DDT had been found to cause thinner egg shells and result in reproductive problems and death.

She faced grand opposition from the chemical industry when the book was finally published in 1962. In 1999 Time Magazine wrote:

“Carson was violently assailed by threats of lawsuits and derision, including suggestions that this meticulous scientist was a “hysterical woman” unqualified to write such a book. A huge counterattack was organized and led by Monsanto Company, Velsicol, American Cyanamid — indeed, the whole chemical industry — duly supported by the Agriculture Department as well as the more cautious in the media.” 

Carson died in 1964 of breast cancer. She was 57.

There’s a National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine named in her honor.

November 5, 2009

Deadly sea foam subsides, 10,000 seabirds die

The Oregonian newspaper out of Portland, has a terrific and sad piece about the Sea Slime ’09 event that hit seabirds in the Pacific Northwest late last month.

The story is titled:
“Deadly ocean foam subsides, but more than 10,000 seabirds die”

The deadly foam that clobbered seabirds in the Pacific Northwest has subsided and several hundred birds rescued from the slime are being released. But the death toll worries conservationists.

More than 10,000 scoters, or seaducks, were killed by the first onslaught of algal foam that hit the Olympic Peninsula in mid-September, said Julia Parrish, marine biologist and seabird specialist at the University of Washington.

That toll — mostly surf scoters and white-winged scoters — amounts to 5 percent to 7 percent of their overall numbers on the West Coast, she said.

“That is a pretty significant bite into those species,” Parrish said. “I don’t think it will knock the population back for years. But at least with surf scoters — a species that’s in decline — conservation scientists are rather concerned about it.”

Parrish estimated that thousands more seabirds, including many red-throated loons, were killed in the second wave of foam off the Long Beach Peninsula about two weeks ago.

Read the entire Oregonian story

IBRRC helped rescue 450 birds last week and 150 have been washed and released. Another bunch of cleaned birds will be released back into the wild tomorrow near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Photo of release by Tom Russert, in Marin County near the Golden Gate Bridge.

August 19, 2009

10,000 birds visits IBRRC

Terrific blog posting by Charlie Moore of 10,000 birds who visited IBRRC’s center at the end of July. We are delighted and honored that he took the time to come write and photograph our bird rescue work.

“Occasionally – and it is occasionally – you get to do something, go somewhere, or meet someone that genuinely inspires, humbles, or excites you. Last week I was privileged (an over-used word, but the right one) to do all three when I was given a special ‘insiders’ tour of the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Fairfield, California with good friend and birding stalwart Jack Cole…”

Read more on the 10,000 birds site: http://10000birds.com/the-ibrrc-special-place-special-people-part-one.htm