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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!


March 02, 2008

David S. Lee

The Tortoise Reserve

Today’s Date: 24 Feb 08

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

Traveling to islands (WI, Mariana Is, Bermuda) and seeing how well intended government policy can screw up places rather quickly.

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

Yes, outdoor sites in Maryland where most of the natural areas are now otherwise, and the state has not had good stewardship of its natural resource. Species I found a child later became listed as state endangered in the 70's, and with 3 decades of state stewardship many are now lost, and none are better off.

Now? Good question, at 65 all the places I knew are degraded and all the new ones I visit I can see indications as to their future.

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

Some cornerstone species like gopher tortoise. It's presence a good index of specific communities and their burrows and mounds provide homes for many interesting animals. They are long lived, and are in direct and constant competition for man for real estate.

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?

Too God Damn many people. Too God Damn many more people. Consumptive societies.

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

As nations or individuals don't exploit the world for personal gains. Don't assume our government will do what is right.

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