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John Muir Day: Sun 21 April 2013, 11 am Empty Shop, Bogie St, Huntly

An exploration around living, walking and playing inside and out of National Parks

John Muir was often celebrated as the Father of National Parks. 

Following the Slow Marathon on the 20th April 2012 which leads from Glenlivet in the Cairngorm National Park to the town of Huntly in Aberdeenshire, we will hold a discussion event to celebrate the 175th birthday of the great Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness.

Lunch will be provided.

Guest speakers include:

Mike Daniels - Head of Land and Science, John Muir Trust Mike's role includes overall responsibility for the management of the Trust's properties. Mike joined the Trust in 2007 following previous employment with the Deer Commission for Scotland, Macaulay Institute, Scottish Agricultural College and Scottish Natural Heritage. He lives within the Cairngorm Park and has brought up his young family there too.

Penny Weir, ArtistPenny came to Speyside to volunteer as a warden and cook at the Osprey camp in 1959 and never left.  She met her husband, raised four daughters and established her own rural business, Loch-an-Eilein Pottery. The pottery has brought Penny into contact with the creative and the artistic, amongst whom was Frank Bruce, a sculptor and philosopher, known as 'the philosopher in the woods'.  Penny has become involved with the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, created by the local sculptor at Feshiebridge, around 6 miles south of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. She has travelled extensively to many of the other National Parks in this country and the USA.

Gill Russell, Artist: An installation artist working with light and sound, Gill has produced many works designed in the landscape. Her recent project, Where Long Shadows Fall, celebrated UNESCO's Year of the Forest 2011, with two installations and events set in the Cairngorms National Park (2011/2012).   She was Artist in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye 2009/10 and this culminated in the solo exhibition: 'Uamh/Cave', at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Jan 2011. Her most recent exhibition ' Reach'  (An Talla Solais, Ullapool, May/Jun 2012) explored belief systems and origin. She has worked on a wide range of projects with writers, musicians, poets and astronomers.

Roy Dennis  Roy Dennis is a professional ornithologist and wildlife consultant. He has worked in the Highlands and Islands since 1959, becoming one of the world's leading experts on ospreys and other birds of prey. He has long been an advocate for restoring lost mammals toScotland, particularly beaver and lynx.  In 1992 he was awarded a MBE for services to nature conservation in Scotland and in 2004 was voted the RSPB Golden Eagle Award winner for the person who had done most for nature conservation in Scotland in the last 100 years.  He is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster.  His latest book (2008) is 'A Life of Ospreys' and his TV documentaries include Eagle Owl and Saving our Seabirds.  He was a presenter on BBC Autumnwatch in 2011 and Springwatch 2012.

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