World Curlew Day - April 21



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I am delighted to have been awarded the 2017 BTO Dilys Breese Medal for outstanding Communication in Science. It was presented at a ceremony on the Mall Galleries in London.

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 John Muir

John Muir

The 19th Century naturalist, explorer, inventor and writer, John Muir, has long fascinated and inspired me. Born in Scotland in 1838 into a fundamentalist Christian family, he emigrated from Dunbar to Wisconsin when he was 10 years old.  

In the land of natural abundance and opportunity he led the hard and unforgiving life of a frontier farmer, enduring tremendous adversity. For many this would have crushed and cowed the spirit. In Muir however bitterness never emerged, rather he went on to discover God, joy and wonder in the natural world.  

His articles in newspapers and magazines were so inspiring that he turned a money-hungry America to look up from their balance sheets and outwards to the landscapes of their continent with new eyes, and in so doing saved much of it for the common good. His passion for nature and love of people lead him to become a founding father of the National Parks of America. He was the founder and first President of the Sierra Club.

Listen to a podcast I did on John Muir with Soul of California:

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As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.

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