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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!


May 03, 2008

Scott A. Smith

Eastern Region Ecologist – MD DNR, Wildlife & Heritage Services

Today’s Date: 7 April 2008

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

I have had so many interactions my whole life I don’t know that I could say any one has had the greatest impact on me. I have lived and studied wildlife in 3 North American deserts, been out to sea studying whales and seabirds, studied rattlesnakes, bog turtles, etc.

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

The woods and floodplains of the Quinnipiac River, central CT, which were behind my house on a neighbor’s property – I trespassed daily. That was the start. However, my soul will always be in the high peaks of the White Mountains in NH, which I backpacked every chance I could in my mid-late teens and 20’s.

Now? Now, the Whites would still be my favorite, though the Chihuahuan desert in New Mexico and Sonoran Desert In AZ are close seconds.

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

Tough question. For much of my life it was Bald Eagle due to their beauty and power, plus they were the first animal I got paid (pittance) to study (in AZ) in an awesome place. Now, its probably bog turtles, just because I have studied them for so long and am hooked on their behavior and tenacity. They have survived so far while the world around them has changed dramatically. Living here you learn to appreciate the small, small patches of remnant grandeur compared to many places I have lived and worked. Bog turtles are a reminder of the value of small things, part of larger systems.

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?

Us. Us.

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

Discover coprophagy. Cats not kids. Oops, that’s two pieces of advice.

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