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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 26, 2006

John Bates

The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Today’s Date: 23 July 2006

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

Birdwatching as a child

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

Kino Springs, Arizona

Now? Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia

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

Scale-backed Antbird because it has been a wonderful species to study and it is a species that illustrates the complexity of biodiversity in the tropics.

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?

Educating scientists throughout the world that can communicate with the public about the need to study and conserve biodiversity.

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

Support educational programs at all levels as much as possible so that we have the scientific community necessary to make the best possible decisions about our world.

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