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Park Ranger Daniel Prial instructs Dream Lopez, 10, of Martinez, how to properly use a turkey feather to write a letter using ink while attending the John Muir Birthday Earth day Celebration at the John Muir National Historical Site in Martinez, Calif., on Saturday, April 26, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

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Members of the Piedmont Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band, left, perform during the start of the John Muir Birthday Earth Day celebration Saturday in Martinez. This year was the 100th anniversary Muir's death, and the 50th anniversary of the John Muir National Historic Site. Visitors, below, look out of the third-floor windows of the Victorian mansion where the famed naturalist lived, and also stopped at vendor booths on the grounds, below left, like Barry Swan, of Martinez, and his daughter, Anna, 14, and son Joe, 10. During the celebration, there was birthday cake, recycled fashion show, a talk about the cloning of Muir's famous sequoia, and visits with Ranger Frank Helling as "John Muir."




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