Before writing ‘Silent Spring,’ Rachel Carson was a biologist

Rachel Carson birdwatching at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Photo used by permission of RACHEL CARSON COUNCIL, INC. Photo credit: unknown

Before Rachel Carson wrote her classic Silent Spring, chronicling the effects of DDT on birds and the environment, Carson was a student of zoology and researcher at the predecessor of the U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service with a passion for wildlife.

“Wildlife, it is pointed out, is dwindling because its home is being destroyed,” she wrote in 1938, “but the home of the wildlife is also our home.”

The New Yorker offers a remembrance of Carson as a biologist and writer whose work helped launch the environmental movement and contributed to the passage of an array of legislation, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Read the article here.