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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

Wayne E. Thogmartin

Statistician (Biology), US Geological Survey

Today’s Date: 07/26/06

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

Probably my cat while growing up.

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

Not particularly.

Now? Either the San Juan Islands, WA, or the Great Plains of North America during the Pleistocene.

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

This is a tough one. Not sure that I can elevate one over another. How about a Mammoth?

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?

Now: Habitat loss and degradation.

Future: The failure of people to realize the extent of what they've lost. A depauperate normalcy that prevents one from even imagining how grand and incredible nature was only a couple decades earlier.

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

Think 7 generations hence and what the effect would be on those who succeed us.

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