Good Evening
Good Evening

Letters: New threats, old history for eagle

A bald eagle flies over Hempstead Lake State

A bald eagle flies over Hempstead Lake State Park. (Dec. 26, 2013) Credit: Uli Seit

New threats, old

history for eagles

So how does the ecstatic article about the sighting of bald eagles in Nassau ["Eagles have landed on LI," News, Dec. 27] fit with an earlier report that eagles can be killed with impunity by wind turbines in the name of "clean" energy ["New rule for eagles, energy," News, Dec. 7]?

Yes, we need to find alternate energy sources to fight climate change, but the slaughter of eagles and other birds of prey, free from threat of prosecution, should not be part of that equation. Allowing the wind industry to evade responsibility for the deaths of these birds does not provide an incentive to develop less lethal ways for this technology to proceed.

As is rightly pointed out, eagles have only recently come back from the brink of extinction after exposure to the pesticide DDT. How long before eagle numbers once again plummet? This time there may not be a readily available fix. We should all advocate for the continued success and protection of this iconic species, our national symbol, as it faces a new deadly threat.

Marilyn England, Center Moriches

Thank you for the uplifting story on the return of the eagle to Hempstead Lake State Park, specifically, and from extinction, in general.

However, omitting author Rachel Carson's name from the story is a disservice to the woman who put her personal happiness aside to fight big farm and chemical interests, and to push to outlaw DDT. Please give Carson her due so that present and future heroes will be inspired to follow in her footsteps to fight for what's right, for all of us who are unable or unaware, or who are just plain trying to keep themselves from extinction.

Michael Uhl, West Hempstead

I was very active with the Environmental Defense Fund, was a secretary for the fund, and wrote a book, "Acorn Days," documenting its five-year battle against DDT and the organizations that manufactured, sold and supported it.

Charles Wurster, a founding trustee of EDF, was a leading science witness against DDT. Bob Smolker, another scientist at Stony Brook University, and Art Cooley, a biology teacher from Bellport High School, whose home was called "EDF's living room," were also instrumental. Dennis Puleston and Victor Yannacone, a local lawyer, also fought DDT on Long Island.

When EDF opened its first office in a room of Stony Brook's post office in 1970, Rod Cameron was the executive director, and EDF continued joining science and law in the protection of the environment. All this happened here on Long Island, leading to the national prohibition of DDT and the slow rejuvenation of the raptor population and those magnificent bald eagles sighted here this season.

Marion Lane Rogers, St. James