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!


November 11, 2009

Michelle McIlroy

Teacher - Coxsackie-Athens CSD

Jul 18, 2009

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

Living and working in the Adirondacks- dealing with bears that have become too humanized, trying to work to be as green as possible to leave as little impact on the tender Adirondack area as possible...

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

Early childhood: the "swamp" behind our house. Later childhood: tie between the "swamp" and the trails and lakes of the Adirondack Mts. Now: The wild areas around the ocean in Maine, the Adirondacks. I am still pretty partial to the acres behind my house.

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

I love them all... I really think I do. I am extremely impressed by the entire cat family for their stealth and power. I am fascinated by aquatic/marine animals- whales, especially- they are designed perfectly for their surroundings.

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 of the world by humans- either way, this will be the greatest now and in the future, because it not only triggers global climate change, but urban sprawl, pollution, loss of habitat... humans are straining the planet for resources that are not limitless.

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

Do everything you can. It may seem insignificant to use a washable coffee cup, for example, or to buy green/fair-trade, shade-grown coffee, but if every person of the 6 billion + on earth were behaving that way, it would add up!

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