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!


March 13, 2010

Joyanne Hamilton

High School Teacher, Alaska

Jul 23, 2009

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


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

Yes, I love the outdoors, the sky, the wide open sky.

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

I never really had a favorite animal at the zoo. I didn't like zoos because of the animals being "jailed". I grew up in a time with the tiger's pacing the tiny cage. I like the newer zoos but never had a favorite ZOO animal. Maybe a giant tortoise? For some reason he stands out in my mind.

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 natural habitat. Definitely. Climate change IS ongoing, yes but loss of habitat effects population densities of all species and creates situations in which species become endangered and eventually, extinct.

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

Stop building puke beige condominium neighborhoods in rural areas.

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