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 03, 2006

Sandra Binns

IRCF - International Reptile Conservation Foundation

Today’s Date: Aug 3, 2006

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

Being able to participate in a ground roots field activity actually improving a situation for a critically endangered animal

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

The San Mateo Mountains and the Pacific Coast beaches

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

We are a conservation organization, not a zoo

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?

Society's abusive behavior on the planet and its natural resources.

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

Humanity tends to forge ahead with plans (whether they be development, mining, etc) without first reviewing the natural balance of things - and then try to fix things after it is too late. I don't have a problem with development or excavation or progress for our lifestyles - but I believe more thought and planning should go in upfront prior to any habitat modification or destruction to evaluate what already exists and make all attempts to develop and preserve at the same time. Unfortunately pressure time deadlines, schedules and money always get in the way.

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