Connecticut native Louis Darling was an accomplished twentieth-century illustrator and passionate environmentalist. He illustrated sixty books during his lifetime, over a dozen of which he also authored. He collaborated with his wife, Lois MacIntyre Darling, on many projects, including illustrations for Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking Silent Spring. His 1965 publication The Gull’s Way earned the John Burroughs Medal for distinction in the field of natural history. Darling began his artistic training in the 1930s at the Grand Central Art School in New York, and during World War II worked as a photographer for the US Air Force. In the 1950s he served as president of Connecticut Conservationists, Inc., and stood up to the state’s governor against construction projects affecting the marshes of Long Island Sound.