Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Rosalie Edge commemorated at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 75th Anniversary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in eastern Pennsylvania celebrated its 75th anniversary this weekend. Despite the downpour, more than 100 visitors turned up to hear author Dyana Furmanksy (ROSALIE EDGE, HAWK OF MERCY) recount the life of socialite-turned-hellraiser Rosalie Edge, who was instrumental in founding the sanctuary.

Furmansky’s biography of Edge chronicles the struggle for conservation at Hawk Mountain -- one of the best places in the northeastern United States to witness the annual hawk migration -- as well as other aspects of Edge's remarkable career: she fought for both Olympic and Kings Canyon National Parks and inspired the founders of such organizations as the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Booklist gave ROSALIE EDGE, HAWK OF MERCY a starred review, noting, “Clearly relishing every moment of Edge’s remarkable life, Furmansky vividly enriches environmental history with her inspiring portrait of this indomitable champion of the wild.” High Country News noted, “Furmansky’s book serves as a timely reminder that today’s conservation movement could use a few more firebrands.”

Furmansky will return to Hawk Mountain September 26 at 6 pm as a speaker in their Autumn Lecture Series.

She will speak at Tattered Cover in Denver on October 3 as part of their Rocky Mountain Land Series, at New York Audubon October 13, and at Chicago Audubon October 25.