Reading recent articles in the BDN about Rachel Carson makes me grateful for her book, Silent Spring,” which saved our eagles. Those eagles provide respite from the ravages of dementia suffered by my 93-year-old mother, Jessie Bunker Duston.
Mother is a life-long serious bird-watcher whose only political activism was in support of the banning of DDT as a result of Carson’s book. In her declining years, Mother has forgotten the names of her beloved birds that come to our feeders here in Cherryfield. The eagles that regularly visit us here on the Narraguagus, however, shock her mind back to reality and she gets very excited and knows they are special and names them.
To honor her activist letter writing of the 1960s, the Mic Macs of First Nation, New Brunswick presented her with one of their ceremonial feathers this past fall since the eagle is sacred in their native religion. In our family, we consider it a blessing that Mother lives where one of her limited “realities” is provided by the resident eagles she helped save so long ago.