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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!


July 15, 2009

Tom Alworth

Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources – New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Today’s Date: 6 March 2009

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

I witnessed the courtship ritual of bald eagles when I was about 10 years old. The male and female clasp talons hundreds of feet in the air and then fall together letting go just above the water!

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

Yes – The Catskill Mountains

Now? Yes – The Catskill Mountains

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

Tough question for an animal lover… Turtles – so unique, move slowly, very special to me

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?

The human relationship with the planet – i.e., global warming as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, habitat destruction & fragmentation

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

We rely on them for absolutely everything we have… please consider how our actions impact the source of all our resources… and spend time outdoors.

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