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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!


March 13, 2010

Bill Hilton Jr.

Executive Director - Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History

Jul 23, 2009

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

When I was in 7th grade I brought a Praying Mantis to my science teacher who asked me to present it to the class. The big insect crawled up my sleeve and got inside my shirt, which got such a positive crowd response I decided to become a biology teacher.

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

The woods near my house in Brookline, a suburb of Pittsburgh PA. Hilton Pond (York SC) is where I live and work and enjoy nature most.

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

I'm sort of into hummingbirds at this point; I conduct research on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the U.S. and Central America.

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?

Loss of habitat through the abuse of natural resources will just about doom us and many of the organisms with which we share the planet. It may be we've already reached the tipping point and can do nothing to save ourselves.

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

We should have wise dominion over the world, and not try to dominate it.

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