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!


June 01, 2008

Mark Freeman

Clemson University grad student, non-traditional-aged

Today’s Date: April 8, 2008

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

Hooded Warbler. I was always interested in birds since a child, but when I was in my 30's a friend showed me a Hooded Warbler thru binoculars and it started my true "birding career". It planted the seed that pushed me back into pursuing a career protecting birds and other wildlife. It forced me to take action and work hard to leave an unfulfilled career path and return to school. At 44 I am currently working towards a Masters degree in wildlife biology.

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

The longleaf/palmetto woods near my house in Clearwater, FL and the numerous ponds, wetlands of Clearwater, Tampa Bay area.

Now? Many spots in GA and SC. The state botanical gardens of both; Jekyll Island, GA; and the county roads of my home in Oconee County, GA

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

When I was a child I was drawn to birds of prey, especially the Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon. For their strength, speed, and simple beauty. I don't really have a true favorite today.

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?

Overpopulation globally, and here in the USA overconsumption, unnecessary waste. Americans are trained by the media, the advertising moguls, and the so-called leaders of the country to be wasteful (buy, discard, repeat). I truly believe this. People can get by with so much less, yet are brainwashed into wanting everything and replacing everything every few years. Just look at our curbsides on trash day...

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

Pick one: Try to get by with less STUFF! Re-use what you can. Park once at a strip mall and WALK to the different stores. Bring your own grocery bags, bring your own drink cup. Compost.

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