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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!


October 11, 2008

Wayne Wakeland

Professor, Portland State Univ.

Today’s Date: July 19, 2008

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

I learned the true meaning of unconditional love (in my 40's) from our dog Jamie.

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

A place called the Jack Lakes in the interior of Alaska. We camped, hiked, kayaked, fished for Grayling, explored an old mine for several summers in the '50's. Never saw another human being while we were there (pretty remote).

Now? Nowadays it is the Oregon coast that continues to take my breath away.

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

We dearly loved our dogs and cats, and I could not pick between them; as for wild animals, my favorite is the Eagle.

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?

Global warming right now, and for a long time to come. I'm also worked about our tinkering with genetics.

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

Leave anyplace you visit at least as beautiful and healthy it was when you arrived. That goes for wild places, your home, your community, every place.

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