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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 28, 2006

Joel Trick

Wildlife Biologist/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Today's Date: July 27, 2006

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

Discovering birds and butterflies at an early age.

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

The woods across the street from our house.

Now? The area around a wild river in northern Michigan

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

In general, all species of birds.

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?

To create a widespread recognition that our current rate of resource utilization is unsustainable. In the future, it will be to retain the functionality of our natural systems, sufficient to provide for basic life needs of the inhabitants of the planet.

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

To recognize that humans are not separate from the environment, and are in fact dependant upon natural systems for our continued survival.

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