Adkins Arboretum to Host Author Dyana Z. Furmansky for Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy Nov. 2


Learn how one woman’s broken heart revolutionized conservation in America when Adkins Arboretum hosts Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy on Tues., Nov. 2. at 1 p.m. Join author Dyana Z. Furmansky to discover the extraordinary impact on the environmental movement by Rosalie Edge, the first American woman to achieve national renown as a conservationist.

In her book Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists, Furmansky portrays an implacable, indomitable personality whose activism earned her the names “Joan of Arc” and “hellcat.” A progressive New York socialite and veteran suffragist, Edge did not join the conservation movement until her fifties, yet her efforts were influential in turning public opinion and catalyzing the passage of laws prohibiting killing birds for adornment. Her legacy of what The New Yorker called “widespread and monumental” achievements forms a crucial link between the eras defined by conservation writers John Muir and Rachel Carson. An early voice against the indiscriminate use of toxins and pesticides, Edge reported evidence about the dangers of DDT fourteen years before Carson’s landmark Silent Spring was published. Mrs. Edge’s daughter will attend the program.

Dyana Z. Furmansky has written about the culture of the American West and reported on environmental issues for The New York Times, Audubon, High Country News, American Heritage, Wilderness and other publications. In 1986, she was part of the High Country News team that won the prestigious George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting. Her previous book, These American Lands, was praised as “the only indispensible narrative history of public lands.” Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activitist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists, was chosen as a 2009 Wormsloe Nature Book, and received the 2009 Colorado Book Award.

The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and is $15 for Arboretum members, $18 for the general public. Pre-register by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mailing

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.