Saturday, September 29, 2012 (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

National Wildlife Visitor Center
Patuxent Research Refuge
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD  20708 

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the publication of ‘Silent Spring,’ Rachel Carson Council (RCC), along with the American Bird Conservancy, is hosting a tribute to this great American classic and its world-famous author, Rachel Carson.   There will be presentations from renowned environmental scientists and an eminent environmental historian, plus helpful / inspiring information for young people about careers in the environmental (green) areas.

Program Information
Speakers: From 9:30 to 1:30, renowned speakers will provide cutting edge information, in easy-to-understand language:
  • Professor Edwin Russell, environmental historian at the University of Virginia; 
  • Dr. Pierre Mineau, Canadian wildlife toxicologist;
  • Dr. Phyllis Martin, entomologist at the US Department of Agriculture;
  • Lisa Lefferts, Senior Scientist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest; and 
  • Dr. Val Beasley, toxicologist at the University of Illinois.  

The topics covered will include:
  • Information on pesticides’ effects on birds, insects and amphibians, as well as on human health; 
  • Information on the significance of Silent Spring in the U.S. and abroad; 
  • A discussion of the “One Health” concept.

In addition to their presentations, speakers will share brief information about what motivated them to specialize in their particular environmental careers.

Exhibitors and Presenters: 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., in the adjoining Rachel Carson Community Room will feature speakers, displays, videos, and informal contacts with entrepreneurs in Green businesses and professions.  Among those speaking will be, Lance Estevez, an Organic Farmer and Alan Cohen, President of BioLogical Pest Management, an ecological pest control company.

The focus of this session will be to provide:
  • Information on green methods of caring for ourselves, our homes, and our environment; 
  • Information about environmental course offerings at nearby universities and colleges (for high school students);
  • Information concerning internships with green organizations (for high school students).

This includes information from green entrepreneurs and local colleges and universities.
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