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Nova Scotia Nature Trust 10th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is proud to say that our Tenth Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, with special guests Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, was our most successful Dinner yet. We would like to thank all of the supporters and people who worked so hard to make the night such a fantastic one! Please click here for a press release describing the event.

Ms.Atwood and Mr.Gibson have both been active on the environmental front for many years, and have worked with a variety of conservation groups. This includes the World Wildlife Fund, as well as the Rare Bird Society, where Ms. Atwood and Mr.Gibson are currently Joint Honorary Presidents.

Margaret Atwood's work-over 40 books--frequently and thoughtfully explores human interaction with the natural world.

From the ground-breaking book, Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, through to Oryx and Crake, which depicts a near-future world in which human thoughtlessness has led to biological meltdown, Ms Atwood consistently makes the reader question our relationship with the environment. She has also written For the Birds, an examination of habitat, ecology and birdwatching for youth.

An internationally renowned writer, Ms Atwood is the recipient of multiple awards, medals and prizes for her writing. Among others, Oryx and Crake was short listed in 2003 for seven awards including the Man Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Orange Prize, while Alias Grace: A Novel won the Giller Prize. Her most recent works are The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (2005) and The Tent (2006).

Ms Atwood grew up amongst scientists. Her father, Dr. Carl Atwood, was an entomologist based at a forest-insect research station in northern Quebec and her older brother is a neurophysiologist. In 1998 she helped launch the Nature Discovery Fund with the Canadian Museum of Nature in her father's honour. She received her B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto, and her A.M. from Radcliffe (Harvard University) as well as holding a score of honorary degrees.

Graeme Gibson is one of Canada's foremost contemporary writers and editors and is the acclaimed author of Five Legs, Perpetual Motion and Gentleman Death. His most recent work is The Bedside Book of Birds: an Avian Miscellany (2005), "a wonderful collection of poetry and prose, folk tales and myths, which pay tribute to our feathered friends. . . ." (Mail on Sunday (UK)). It was hailed by Globe and Mail as "the most spectacular bird book of the year". Gibson is a past president of PEN Canada and the recipient of both the Harbourfront Festival Prize and the Toronto Arts Award, and is a member of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Gibson has been a council member of World Wildlife Fund Canada, and is chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory in Ontario, Canada. In 1988-89 Mr Gibson played an active role in bringing North American and Cuban ornithologists together to provide training in field ornithology techniques and equipment to Cuban ornithologists and to investigate the possibility of conducting more in-depth research on the status on neotropical migrants wintering in Cuba. He has also worked on the preservation of important wetlands in Cuba, including Zapata Swamp, and beyond.


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