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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!


August 30, 2006

Johnson Bradley Bridgwater

Director of Conservation Outreach, WildShare International

Today's Date: 8-30-06

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

The first animal that resonated with me was the pileated woodpecker-- HUGE and so distinct. The first plant I remember was the Yellow Lady Slipper. Both of these were in my own backyard, as I grew up in a woodlands outside of Apple Valley, Minnesota before it was developed. I spent every day and most evenings wandering the woods, often with my father who was an ornithologist and zoo director. As a testament to the area's natural power, I returned last year to visit my childhood home, and discovered the whole area had been preserved and set aside as part of a unique high school that specializes in ecological study programs.

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

Yes, the northern woods of Minnesota.

Now? El Cielo Biosphere Reserve in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

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

Owls. Apart from their piercing eyes and seductive calls, it is because they are present everywhere, and yet rarely seen. For me, this should be an ideal for humans-- make as little impact on the natural world as possible while doing your part for the ecosystem.

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?

Plain and simple, non-sustainable development. Earth is one huge equation, and currently the input and output are terribly out of balance. This will continue to be the greatest challenge until an entirely new mind-set can be instilled in humanity.

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

TAKE YOUR CHILDREN CAMPING, and ensure they have a deep connection to the land.


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