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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 26, 2006

Monteen McCord

Founder/Executive Director - HawkTalk, Speaking For The Wild

Today’s Date: 8/26/06

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

The first owl patient that I met while working for a vet in 1983. It was life changing and put me on my current path

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

Anywhere my daddy was...he was in the woods of north central Florida a lot and introduced me to the woods and water.

Now? In my swing by the pond throwing hornworms to the bullfrogs.

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

Owls. They are incredibly soft. They smell good. My owls have awesome personalities. They are very clean and rarely make a mess while feeding because they prefer to swallow their food whole. And last but not least, they are easier to clean up behind because they poop straight down as opposed to leaning over and slicing out like their hawk brethren.

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?

Breeding. And breeding.

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

Add contraception to all the drinking water EVERYWHERE and give the planet a rest to recover some of her natural resources.

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