Doug Gross is currently a Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Diversity Division of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. He joined the Game Commission in 2004 after many years in environmental consulting. His duties include the monitoring and management of the state’s protected birds, primarily the endangered, threatened, and species of special concern.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Penn State. He then continued his education by earning a Master’s Degree in Biology at Bloomsburg State College (now University). Doug’s thesis was on the behavior and ecology of Blue Jays.
Before joining the Game Commission, he served as an environmental biologist with a private consulting firm in Northeastern Pennsylvania. There he conducted many Breeding Bird Censuses and seasonal bird counts, many of which are published. Doug is known for his research on the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, writing the Birds of North America account for the “moss tyrant.” He also coordinated the Northern Saw-whet Owl breeding survey (known as Project Toot Route) in Pennsylvania.
Doug has long enjoyed interacting with both professional biologists and the many dedicated bird enthusiasts who devote their time and talents to “citizen science” and basic natural history study. He participated in Pennsylvania’s first Breeding Bird Atlas, serving as a Regional Coordinator and species author for the book. He was a founding board member and President of the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology (PSO), coordinating its Special Areas Project --- an inventory of birds done by volunteers. He has served as Chairman of the Ornithological Technical Committee of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey. This committee advises the PGC on bird issues including its Endangered and Threatened species list. Active in volunteer bird projects, Doug conducts Breeding Bird Surveys and participates in Christmas Bird Counts each year. He also has been involved with several county natural area inventories.
Doug was born in Northern Pennsylvania and has lived there all of his life. He lives with his wife, Cindy, and two golden retrievers in rural Columbia County near North Mountain. He developed an early interest in birds and the outdoors by hunting, hiking, and fishing with members of his family and through scouting. To relax, he enjoys hiking, gardening, cross-country skiing, canoeing, folk dancing, and traveling. He particularly enjoys traveling to where Pennsylvania’s summer birds spend the winter in exotic, tropical locations.