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!


July 15, 2009

Tom Funke

Director of Conservation, Otis Sanctuary Resident Manager
Michigan Audubon

Today’s Date: 8 July 2009

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

Raising farm animals and a garden for food, as we were poor.

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

My parent's homestead in Bangor, Michigan

Now? Michigan Audubon Otis Sanctuary

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

As a former zoo educator, I will tell you that right now it is the Cerulean Warbler since it is declining so rapidly and I've never seen such a sought after bird by birdwatchers!

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?

Human overpopulation

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

Have no more than one child...and save your money and travel the world before you do. I did, it has worked out great!

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