Thanks to my sister Michelle McIlroy for designing the logo!


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 24, 2006

Ryan Watson

Blue Macaw Coordinator, Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Qatar

Today's Date: 24.08.06

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

Hand-rearing Echo parakeets for release back into nature, seeing those birds surviving in nature, behaving like wild birds.

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

Glen Forest, Western Australia

Now? The South West of Western Australia.

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

Emperor penguin - Their deep-sea diving abilities and commitment to each other and to raising off-spring in such extreme conditions is truly remarkable. Watch Attenborough's "Life in the Freezer" and you will be left awestruck by this species.

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 and Global Warming!!! There are many important issues facing the world we live in today and the in the future, however, all the big issues combined such as terror, famine, aging population, extinction, unemployment, human and animal welfare, habitat destruction etcetera, all pale into insignificant if the world we live in is uninhabitable.

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

Make your vote count! Changes at the levels required to reduce and hopefully one day stop global warming, will only eventuate when the issue becomes the number ONE issues to voters and therefore the number ONE issue for our elected officials. If you live in America, Don't vote for the Republicans!!! The best thing that could happen for the future of Planet Earth is for Al Gore to become President, lets just hope he decides to run!!!

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