Thank you, Rachel Carson!


An eagle gathering on the Mississippi River. 40 years ago, there may not have been this many eagles on the whole river. Cornell Ornithological Laboratory image.

An eagle gathering on the Mississippi River. 40 years ago, there may not have been this many eagles on the whole river. Cornell Ornithological Laboratory image.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology said:

A convocation of Bald Eagles at Dam 13 along the upper Mississippi River (between Illinois and Iowa). If this isn’t incredible enough, photographer Michael Descamps reports that this group represents less than half of the eagles that were gathered there the day of the photo. What an incredible event to witness and thanks for sharing!

When the Endangered Species Act passed, and when the new EPA banned most outdoor uses of DDT in the U.S., there may not have been this many eagles on the entire Mississippi River watersheds.  Today, we have healthier ecosystems across the nation, and a lot more eagles, osprey, peregrine falcons, and brown pelicans, among other wildlife.

Gee. Environmental protection works well sometimes.

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3 Responses to Thank you, Rachel Carson!

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    How many eagles in that picture? Every one saved by Rachel Carson.

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    At peak DDT use, 4 million people a year died from malaria, world wide.

    Since the “ban” on DDT use (in agriculture, only in the U.S.), malaria deaths have declined to fewer than 700,000 per year. 96 million people were saved from malaria between 1972 and 2012, at 1972 malaria death levels.

    Is Carson responsible for the change in deaths since the U.S. ban on DDT? Then she is responsible for SAVING 96 million lives.

    Black Flag insecticide is poisonous. Among the first symptoms of chronic poisoning is the inability to do math.

    Is there a connection, Black Flag?

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  3. Black Flag® says:

    Carson was a fraud, liar, and responsible for the deaths of millions.

    And she saved not one eagle.

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