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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

Pat Rydquist

Naturalist, Metro Parks, Serving Summit County - Ohio

Today's Date: July 26, 2006

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

I was doing an owl survey in the wee hours on a very cold February night. After hearing an Eastern Screech Owl respond to the call, a coyote howled. The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I turned to see the coyote leaping in the starlight not more than 5 feet in front of me. Then the coyote looked at me with such joy that I felt like leaping myself.

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


Now? Costa Rica's cloud forest

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

Giraffe because it is awkward, yet adorable at the same time. I love to see the parents lick their young.

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 warming now and over-population consuming all the world's resources in the future.

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

Respect and use moderation in all our resources. There is only so much to last forever! If you can find an environmentally friendly (green) way of living, share it with others as if it's the only natural thing to do.

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