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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!


July 17, 2006


Private Citizen, Member- Order of the Mithril Star

Today’s Date: July, 17th, 2006

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

Starting from the very basic form we all experience, a cat. In my young life I observed my cats and saw personality in them that spoke more to me than any book or class could. From the majestic feline of a domestic animal, I learned to see into the eyes of many other creatures in nature. Observing a Mother Bear and her cubs in Cable, Wisconsin I saw compassion and basic mother instinct. From a fox which runs between the roads in the early morning and the woodchuck which lives under my front porch and suns himself in the just as sunrise peaks. I owe my love of all animals to my cat and every single cat I have ever owned. Respect is the key to understanding a well as any other life form.

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

A favorite place as a child? I grew up in suburbia- just going outside and taking a long walk was a favorite. Just walking anywhere. Observing birds and butterflies. Laying on the grass of a hill outside of school and watching the clouds. Telling stories with each puffy formation.


The White Mountains of New Hampshire. Any road, any trail...start me walking and I am in heaven. Along the brook on the Kangamangus...walking on rocks. And Paradise, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula.

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

For many, many years, my favorite animal has been the African Elephant. A beautiful animal. I am amazed at how they communicate and live. So strong and big.

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?

The greatest environmental challenge facing us now is, as stated by Michael Crichton in 2003, is the truth. What is the truth and what is political propaganda? Is it global warming or is it a natural process? Will people listen to the truth? In order to face the challenge we must do it head on. We must try this and that and see what works and what doesn't . Make it up as you go along- the old fashioned way Never give up. Keep trying new ways to help the Earth do her thing naturally. To work with Nature and not against.

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

Be responsible for the future.

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