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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!


September 18, 2010

Nancy Castaldo


July 23, 2009

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

Hard to say. I worked in a nature center and had a lot of interaction with a Barred Owl. Also - swimming with sea turtles, catching frogs as a kid, travels to the Adirondacks and National Parks, snorkeling, hiking in Yosemite and Muir woods.

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

Yes, the woods near my house - complete with a swamp filled with turtles and frogs! Now - perhaps my seasonal hike with my daughter up Overlook Mt. in the Catskills.

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

Favorite - are you kidding? That's like picking a favorite child. Okay, I'll try - turtles. I'm a turtle rehabilitator and have had several turtles over the years. They're ancient....

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?

I think our greatest challenge is and will continue to be preserving our planet's biodiversity.

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

Tread lightly on this Earth and think of the generations to come.

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