USGS Marks Rachel Carson Centennial

15 05 2007

The US Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center is celebrating the centennial of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson’s birth (May 27, 1907) in May 2007. The events are planned in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Patuxent Research Refuge, on which the Research Center is located, and the Rachel Carson Council of Silver Spring, MD.

A central part of the event is a program of talks honoring the legacy of Rachel Carson to environmental science; that legacy is evident in much of the scientific work from Patuxent. Silent Spring, her most renowned book, was based in part on the work of scientists at Patuxent and its publication motivated development of the wildlife toxicology, and other programs, at Patuxent and throughout the Federal government.

Maryland legislators have also passed bills to declare May 27 Rachel Carson Day.

The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. From Carson’s remarks at her acceptance of the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment. From Carson’s essay on the biological sciences in Good Reading, 1958.

Learn more about this remarkable woman at www.rachelcarson.org.

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