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
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
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.