Thanks to my sister Michelle McIlroy for designing the logo!


Ever since I was a child, I have been very interested in nature and the environment. I have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology, and have worked as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and ecologist. I am conducting a brief survey of world leaders, government officials, religious leaders, corporate CEOs, environmental groups, wildlife experts, and others regarding nature and the environment. I am also very interested in religious views, customs, and beliefs from around the world, and the interactions between religion, culture, society, and the environment. This is something I am doing out of personal interest, and is not connected to any group or organization. I have been working on this project since the summer of 2006, and hope to eventually turn it into a book and/or documentary. I am hoping to make this into a global project, with responses from all segments of society. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or comments. If you have not already done so, I hope that you will consider taking part in my project, and please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested! Thanks for stopping by!


August 18, 2015

Make a Rhino, Save a Species

Sharing this on behalf of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic.


The recent death of a northern white rhino in Dvůr Králové Zoo, Czech Republic has left just four of this subspecies in existence – three females and one male. None are capable of natural reproduction, and the extinction of the northern white rhino is a very real and very imminent probability – unless a technique for rhino IVF and embryo transfer can be funded, developed, tested and implemented in time.

Three of the last northern white rhino (including the last male northern white in existence) reside in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, who are partnering with Dvůr Králové Zoo and other organisations to try and develop a way to safely remove egg cells from remaining females, fertilize these with semen collected from northern white males, and use a female southern white rhino as a surrogate. This has never been done before, and does not come without risks. What’s more, if the remaining females die before this method has been developed, one of the last chances to save the northern white rhinos will vanish.

The estimated cost of IVF and embryo transfer – from the development of the method, to trials and implantation is estimated at approximately £0.5m ($0.8m). Yet this is the only hope for preserving an entire subspecies.

Ol Pejeta and Dvůr Králové Zoo have launched a Gofundme campaign entitled ‘Make a Rhino’ to try and raise the money needed to save the northern white rhino before it’s too late. All funds raised on the online platform go directly to the IVF initiative, and they are appealing to supporters around the globe to donate to the cause.


June 12, 2015

Two week update

Well, I am 2 weeks into my fundraiser to raise money for rhinos in honor of my upcoming 40th birthday. So far I have raised $300 of my (perhaps too lofty) goal of $10,000 - who wants to help me reach this goal? My campaign has been covered by The Dodo ( and Africa Geographic ( and has been shared and tweeted by many. If you are on Twitter, follow me ( and help me spread the word! You can also follow me on Facebook ( and share it there as well! Every little bit helps, and the rhinos need all the help they can get! 

View my campaign and donate at and help me make a difference as I turn 40!


May 29, 2015

Jeremy's Rhino Wish

I will be turning 40 in July, and I want this momentous occasion to do some good! Sure, I could ask for money to help pay for my week in Maine this summer, or for the new camera I want to get, but this birthday, I want to help save rhinos! These magnificent creatures are facing extinction within my lifetime if something is not done, and I don't want to think of a world without rhinos. There were an estimated 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 20th century, and now there are believed to be less than 30,000 left. Over 1200 were poached in South Africa alone last year... There are many organizations working to help prevent the global extinction of rhinos, and for my 40th birthday, I am asking you to please help me to help them! I already support a few of these organizations, including a small monthly donation towards the care of Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino in existence. I work 2 jobs to help make ends meet, and give a portion of every paycheck to wildlife and conservation organizations, but the little bit I am able to give on my own just isn't enough. PLEASE help me make a greater impact and save these magnificent creatures! All money raised will be donated to one or more of the organizations working so hard to save these animals.

Some of you might be wondering, why rhinos? Isn't Jeremy a bird person? Yes, I am, but rhinos are something I have been strongly interested in for many years. I had my first real encounter with them many years ago while working at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I was a birdkeeper, but during one of the open houses other teams sometimes held, I was able to get up close to some of the white rhinos, including petting one. It was an amazing experience being so close to them, and I have been very interested in them ever since! I am a bird person, but more than that, I am an animal person, a nature person, an environmental person. I am doing this to try and help raise money for those who are working on the front lines to keep rhinos from going extinct. Organizations like The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Helping Rhinos, International Rhino Foundation, Save the Rhino International, Forever Wild - Save the Rhino, Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, Saving The Survivors, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, African Wildlife Foundation, Northern Rangelands Trust, Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, and others. There are too many organizations for me to support them all, but the more I raise, the more I will be able to help! As I mentioned, I already have "adopted" Sudan #LastMaleStanding at Ol Pejeta, through a small monthly donation, but I want to do more! Won't you please help me make this birthday make a difference and help save these amazing animals?! #Stars4theLastMaleStanding #SaveRhinosNow #rhinos #WildinfeinCrisis #iam4rhinos #savetherhino


January 19, 2015

Help Get Me to Hog Island!

From July 19-24, National Audubon Society is holding their "Sharing Nature: An Educator’s Week" program at their Hog Island camp in Maine. I work as an environmental educator, and editor of a kids nature magazine, so this would be an excellent educational and networking opportunity for me. I have applied for some scholarships to attend, but my employer does not provide travel funding for things like this, so if I can't raise the funds, I won't be able to go. I already work 2 jobs just to make ends meet, and have not had a real "vacation" in years, so this is something I am really hoping to be able to do! I also have a life-long interest in birds, nature, and environmental education, making this an incredible opportunity. The information about the program can be found at for those of you who are interested in helping me to get there!

If you are interested in donating, you can do so online at my personal fundraising page, "Help Get Me to Hog Island" 

I greatly appreciate your consideration in helping me reach my goal!!


October 27, 2011

The Future

Today I am going to share something a little different.  What follows is my response to one of the Discussion Questions for the Intro to Sustainability class I am taking as part of my MBA program.  The question asked: "Read the conclusion on pages 88-93 of the Challenge of Sustainability. In what areas do you think society in general, the United States, and you specifically need to focus your attention and efforts. What areas are the most crucial? In what areas do you think you can make the most impact?"
And here is my response...  I think it sounds pretty good, personally, but regardless, I wanted to share my thoughts with more than just my classmates....
I believe that the last paragraph in The Challenge of Sustainability really captures the essence of the sustainability movement, at least for me "Our fates are intertwined. We owe it to each other, and to our children and their children, to combine forces and ensure a sustainable future on earth" (El-Ashry, 2002, pg. 93). This is the mindset that everyone involved in the sustainability movement needs to adopt, because this truly is one of the keys to the success of the movement, as far as I am concerned. Remembering that we are all interconnected and that each of our actions can impact the outcome is crucial, not only in the planning and implementation, but in living it as well. We must not only talk the talk, but walk the walk, or there really is no hope for a sustainable future.

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals will be crucial to the success of creating a sustainable future. In particular, I think some of the biggest challenges that need to be focused on are eradicating poverty and hunger, and creating better educational information. Until people have their basic needs met, they are not going to worry about anything beyond where are they going to get their next meal, or where are they going to sleep tonight, or will they even wake up in the morning. The future for them is counted in hours, not years. To ensure that as a society we are doing our best to meet the needs of the neediest will greatly improve the chances of a sustainable future. Education is another key, and with that comes improving literacy and ensuring equal access to educational resources, regardless of class, gender, religion, race, income level, or any other characteristic so commonly used to divide rather than unite, to withhold rather than share, and ultimately to hold down certain portions of society.

As a country, we are doing a fairly good job of responding to international needs for assistance, yet we neglect the people in our own backyard, who are often just as needy as those we are assisting in other countries. Removing the inequalities among our citizens and putting everyone on an even playing field when it comes to opportunities and information is crucial. Yes, some will resist, simply because they do not want to be a part of the solution, but many are not a part of the solution simply as a result of circumstance. By overlooking these segments of society, we are overlooking our full potential. It is going to take the collaboration of all segments of society to design, implement, and maintain a sustainable future, not just those with access to the education, information, and resources.

Much of what we are trying to accomplish through the development of a sustainable future will be for nothing if much of the world is left trying to catch up to the developed nations. Resources will continue to be depleted, population growth will continue to explode, pollution and degradation will continue unchecked, and access to the essentials of life - clean water, adequate food resources, medicine, a renewable source of energy - all of these will cause the plan to fall apart if everyone is not included in the conversation.

I believe that for the United States, taking a leadership role in the global efforts is essential, we should be seen as helping to lead the way, not trying to catch-up depending on who the current political leaders are. Rely on sound science, economic models, and plain old ingenuity, not whichever way the political winds are currently blowing. All citizens need to be allowed to participate fully in the process, as whatever is decided at the top will most greatly affect those at the bottom. Inspiring change, not forcing change, will be a much easier way to bring about the needed changes and make sure that they become a permanent reality, and not just a passing fad. We need to be leaders in the search for alternative, renewable forms of energy, we need to provide adequate funding to the necessary research, and stop basing our decisions on who is better able to line our pockets. We need to create an educational system that fosters creativity and collaboration, not one that simply ensures that everyone gets a high enough score on standardized tests. We need to ensure equal access to information and resources to people from all walks of life, not just those who can best or most easily afford it. We need to lead the way to change, not let change happen without us.

For me personally, I think one of my biggest impacts can be on working towards the educational aspects, to help ensure the information is reaching everyone, that the messages being sent are consistent, and that the people who need to hear the message the most are actually able to listen. Combined with my background in environmental biology, my interest in environmental issues, particularly on a personal level, and what I will hopefully learn from and take from this program, I think that the opportunities for me to help make a difference will become much more of a reality. Yes, I can do my part in leading by example, making changes to my personal lifestyle, and applying what I know to how I live, but I think for me one of the things I want to do is help to make a difference by making sure that everyone realizes their connection to and role in the overall movement.


El-Ashry, M. et. al. (2002, September). The Challenge of Sustainability. Washington, DC: Global Environment Facility. Retrieved from

September 18, 2011

Sustainable Business and Green Development

Fourteen years after graduating from college with a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology, Wildlife Management concentration, I have decided to return to school.  I am just about to begin a program to earn an MBA in Sustainable Business, with a focus on Green Development.  Environmental issues have been interests of me for pretty much my whole life, and I thought that this degree would be a good way of combining that interest with my experiences in the business/retail world.  Would be very interested in talking to and networking with people who are involved in this field, whether in a personal or professional capacity.  I am taking an accelerated, online version of the program, and if all goes well, should have my degree by the Spring of 2013.  Hope to hear from some of you soon regarding this!

August 25, 2011

New Online Store for Earth Survey Project!!

Visit my new online store! All of the products feature the logo designed by my talented artist sister Michelle McIlroy and the proceeds will be used to continue work on the project in the future... Eventually I hope to turn this into a book or documentary, or perhaps tie it in with my MBA in Sustainable Business, which I just enrolled in. Please check back often for new products, and feel free to share this with your friends!  The store can be found at


March 15, 2011


Private Citizen
Today’s Date: 20 December 2007

1. What interaction with an animal and/or nature in your life has had the biggest impact on you?

One of the largest influences in my life and one of the reasons that I decided to work in ecological and species conservation was my childhood growing up on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is a wilderness lover’s paradise, as is much of Canada, and I spent much of my youth exploring the outdoors and the sea. A particular interaction that specifically caused me to enter into this field of work was witnessing the protests against logging of Carmanah Valley’s old growth forests when I was 18 years old. Our family also had a dog growing up which was very much a part of the family and I believe influenced me in caring for the welfare of animals and species.

2. Did you have a favorite place in the great outdoors during your childhood?

One of my favorite places to be when I was a child was either the forests close to my home or an island close to the community where I grew up called Sidney Island. We had a boat growing up and would travel with other families to the uninhabited island to camp and swim and hike. It is a quiet island surrounded by sandy beaches, much bird and sea life and is an excellent place to be on a sunny day.

Now? I would say that one of my favorite places today is either Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Park, British Columbia or Krabi, Thailand where I visited several years ago. They combine two amazing outdoor features – the pristine mountains and glaciers of Garibaldi Park and the clear, warm, fish-laden waters of Krabi. These areas symbolize both a beautiful and species-rich wilderness environment for me.

3. As a former zookeeper, I would love to know what your favorite animal is and why?

If I had to pick one animal as a favorite, it would probably be the tiger, followed in close second by the dolphin. I believe tigers to be physically gorgeous and intelligent animals and feel that they very much encapsulate the species extinction crisis we face today. I read a “Time magazine” article on the dire circumstances of tigers in the wild when I was about 20 years old and the urgency of the article’s message has stayed with me all this time, 15 years later. I adore dolphins because of their intelligence, playfulness, and curiosity.

4. What do you think is the greatest environmental challenge facing us now, and what do you think will be the greatest challenge in the future?

I think that the greatest environmental challenge facing humanity now as well as in the future is climate change. It is such a massive problem and the result of so many entrenched human activities that I think it will be extremely difficult to deal with it now and for many years in the future. It is an environmental problem that will truly affect all aspects of life, including species loss on land and in the sea.

5. If you could give one piece of advice regarding the environment and our natural resources, what would it be?

If I could give one piece of advice regarding the environment, I would say that it would be for each individual to think very carefully regarding their actions in daily life, particularly regarding driving vehicles, flying in airplanes, energy consumption in homes, recycling, and purchasing products. There are many ways that we can easily help the environment through our actions, through being aware of the impact of our actions. I believe it is a very exciting concept to think of how our intelligent actions today can help keep our environment healthy and bountiful for future generations. I would like to know that people 100, 500 and thousands of years in the future will still be able to say that there are tigers and many other beautiful and important species living and flourishing in the wild. Humans need a healthy environment and species populations for their livelihoods just as much as they need us and our careful actions to preserve them.

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February 01, 2011

Logo for the Earth Survey Project

After having run this project for the last few years, I decided that I wanted to have some sort of logo for it, just because I wanted to create more of an identity for the project. I ran the idea by my very talented artist sister, and here is what she has come up with so far! It is still a work in progress, but once the logo is completed, I will begin using it on the blog and other places where I post information about the project!