Ruffed Grouse Society Welcomes New Wildlife Biologist


The Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) recently named Eric J. Ellis as the new regional biologist for the Eastern Great Lakes region (Michigan, Ohio and Indiana). In his new position, Ellis will support the Society’s management efforts to create healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife and help preserve our rich sporting traditions.

As part of his duties, Ellis will work with state and federal wildlife agencies, private landowners and chapters on habitat projects and initiatives. He will also focus on grant writing and fundraising efforts to help the organization further enhance young forest habitat.

“With his experience with habitat development and fundraising, we are excited to add Eric to our team of wildlife biologists. We feel he has a great combination of education, on-the-ground experience, leadership and enthusiasm to help us grow in all areas of habitat enhancement,” said RGS President and CEO John Eichinger.

Prior to becoming part of the RGS team, Ellis worked as a wildlife habitat biologist and project manager for the Conservation Resource Alliance in Traverse City, Michigan where he facilitated fundraising and implementation of habitat management projects by working with public and private landowners, foresters and contractors. He also led the Wild Link Program assisting volunteer landowners in managing private property along regional wildlife corridors. He received his Master of Science degree in resource recreation and tourism from the University of Idaho in 2007 and his Bachelor of Science in resource ecology and management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997.

“I am excited to be joining an organization with a long history of working with local, state and national partners to implement on-the-ground wildlife habitat improvement projects.  I look forward to maintaining this tradition and working with partners and our dedicated members to fulfill the mission of preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forests habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife,” Ellis said.

A grouse and woodcock hunter and bird dog owner, Ellis grew up in southern Michigan and has always enjoyed the outdoors from hiking, backpacking, hunting and fishing. Following his time at the University of Michigan, he worked as a parks and wildlife Peace Corps volunteer and fly fishing and horse trip guide in Mongolia before attending the University of Idaho. He and his family reside in Traverse City, Michigan.

For future questions, Ellis can be reached at [email protected] or (231) 360-7712.

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