Doug Reeves is the assistant chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division. He has been with the DNR for 25 years, having served in various capacities ranging from habitat biologist in the field to his present position in Lansing.
Reeves grew up in Cheboygan County, just outside the Pigeon River Country State Forest. Much of his free time during his high school years was spent hunting, fishing and trapping in that region.
Reeves received his bachelor’s degree in biological science from Lake Superior State University in Sault St. Marie and his master’s degree in wildlife management from Michigan State University. His master’s thesis research involved habitat use by migrating waterfowl in the mid-Michigan area. After finishing his master’s, Reeves did additional research on waterbird use of Great Lakes coastal wetlands.
He worked for the Iowa Conservation Commission for five years, as its first urban wildlife biologist and then as non-game wildlife specialist before returning to Michigan. While in Iowa, he was involved in native prairie management, barn owl conservation, river otter reintroduction, American kestrel nest-box studies, eastern bluebird research and the inaugural Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas project.
Reeves and his wife Dianne are the parents of two young men, one living in the Houston area and the other near Haslett, Mich. During his sons’ formative years and extending several years beyond their involvement, Reeves served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 335 in Chesaning. He is also active on multiple committees at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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