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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 20, 2006

Judith S. Weis

Professor, Rutgers University

Today's Date: July 20 2006

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

At the beach at age 7, finding a hermit crab in a whelk shell and the shell was covered with barnacles and algae. It was a walking community, although at the time I did not know the word community. I think that's what got me interested in marine biology

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

Shelter Island, NY

Now? Salt marshes in Accabonac Harbor, East Hampton NY

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

Chameleons in Madagascar because of their walking with a hesitation step, their accuracy with their long tongue in catching insects, and their ability to look up and down at the same time (one eye up and the other down).

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?

Global climate

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

It's the only planet we have, we should take good care of it.

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