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!


January 24, 2008

John L. “Johnny” Morris

Founder – Bass Pro Shops

Today’s Date: 20 January 2008

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

Hard to pick just one. Being hooked up to the giant bluefin tuna is right up there – connected to such a beautiful, powerful animal on the Cabana boats(?) in the gin clear water of the gulf states is awesome(?).

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

Trapping minnows and seining crawdads & float fishing Ozarks rivers and streams & later the lakes for bass – smallmouth & largemouth – with my Dad when I was a boy

Now? Anyplace – hunting or fishing with my son & other family or friends

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

Our ol’ dog Barkley – I love him!

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?

No answer given

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

No answer given

Received via postal mail – the answers were handwritten, and I have done my best to type them up, although a couple of words I am not sure of, which are indicated by (?)s.