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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

Steve Sosensky

SoCA Bird Guides

Today's Date: 7/26/06

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

Seeing a Magnificent Frigatebird fly over my head about 20 feet up spurred the decision to take up birdwatching enthusiastically. I now work in the industry.

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

My neighborhood had several patches of woods and a pond and marsh that froze over for ice skating in the winter.

Now? I can't count that high. Some examples are Yosemite NP, East Mojave Preserve, Salton Sea, any rocky shoreline in California.

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

I don't really have one. I like Empidonax flycatchers for the challenge of identifying them (but any bird I see for the first time), most mammals, but especially cetaceans, and butterflies.

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?

Republicans. The greatest environmental challenge is people who care more about overuse for economic gain than about the quality of the environment and the legacy we will be leaving for future generations.

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

We need to ensure that renewable resources stay renewable and that non-renewable resources are used sparingly until alternatives are discovered and developed.

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