The Return of Eagles, Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons
read Silent Spring by Rachel
Carson. He wondered how anyone could
read the book and not do something about the harm DDT was causing to the
environment. He was living right across the street from Central Park at the
time and the city of Norm Spring Grand Haven, would spray the
elm trees for Dutch Elm disease with DDT.
He was told he could move his car, but along with his wife he had two
small children and the house and places where the young children played would
be coated with DDT. The problem was DDT
did not kill the elm beetle. it soaked into the ground and everyone could see
robins trembling in their death throes in the grass. The spray washed down the streets and into
the storm drains so DDT entered Michigan Lake Michigan
where it was caught up in food chains.
The fish became highly contaminated with DDT.
Fish eating birds such as the American Bald Eagle were affected since their eggs became thin and cracked as a result of DDT and did not hatch. Norm went to every meeting of the
Grand Haven City
Council for three years and finally the Council agreed to
stop their DDT program. Grand Haven
People came from a nearby city and asked “How did you do that?” and together they formed the
Michigan Pesticides Council that met at . Among the members were: Michigan State
University , chairman, Joan
Wolfe, ornithologists Dr. Ted Black, Dr. George Wallace, Dr. John Kitchel, Charles Schick, Ann Van Lente, , Joseph
Kleiman, Theodore Carbine. Due to their
work DDT and like pesticides were banned in Norm
in 1972 and then the ban went nation wide and followed. Canada
Today the Eagles, Ospreys and Peregrine Falcons have returned to the shores of the Great Lakes, the
United States and because
the democratic process worked. Canada
Norm was inducted into The Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame in 2014 for his work on behalf of the environment.
Think Globally and Act Locally.