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John W. McNeely

John W. McNeely, American naturalist.


  • McNeely, John W. was born on August 26, 1950 in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Son of James Braiden and Anna Louise (Hargrove) McNeely.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with honors, Ohio State University, 1972.


    • Supervisory naturalist National Park Service, Assateaguels, Maryland and Virginia, 1971-1972. Naturalist Pratt Education Center, New Milford, Connecticut, 1973-1976, Hillside Outdoor Education Center, Brewster, New York, 1977-1979. Preserves manager Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, Litchfield County, Connecticut, since 1980, also board directors.

      Production associate Francis Thompson Incorporated, New York York City, 1984-1986.

    Major achievements

    • Avocations: hang gliding, mountaineering, kayaking, private pilot, cave exploring.


    • Creator (16 mm film) The Hawk and John McNeely, 1980 (Golden Eagle award Council on International Nontheatrical Events 1980, award International Adventure Film Festival 1981). Director, cameraman, editor (16 mm films) Cloudbase, 1977, For Spacious Skies, 1971, Birds of Cuba, 1988.


    Observer, cinematographer California Condor Recovery Team, Ventura, 1987. Representative Governor's task force on environmental quality, Ohio, 1971. Active in fund raising Environmental Policy Center, Washington, 1972-1977.

    Researcher Committee to Preserve Assteague, Bowie, Maryland, 1971-1973, Federal Strip Mine Reclamation Act, Washington, 1977. President Earth Day Society Ohio State University, Columbus, 1970-1971. Board directors Sharon (Connecticut) Land Trust, since 1984.

    Member International Council on Bird Preservation, Houstaonic Audubon Society (board directors since 1986), Order of Raven.



    Avocations: hang gliding, mountaineering, kayaking, private pilot, cave exploring.

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    Born August 26, 1950
    (age 67)
    • 1972
      Ohio State University
    • 1971 - 1972
      Supervisory, naturalist National Park Service
    • 1973 - 1976
      naturalist Pratt Education Center
      New Milford, Connecticut, United States
    • 1977 - 1979
      naturalist Pratt Education Center
      Brewster, New York, United States
    • 1980
      preserves manager, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust
      Connecticut, United States