Dr. Donald Reid - Associate Conservation Zoologist

Dr. Donald Reid joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in August 2004 as a wildlife biologist working out of Whitehorse, Yukon.  Don’s career spans over 30 years working as a wildlife biologist in the academic, non-government, private and government sectors.

In the boreal and sub-boreal forests of western Canada, Don has studied the ecology of river otters and their interactions with beavers, and the effect of different landscape scales of forest harvesting on the population dynamics of snowshoe hare and lynx.  In the mountains of British Columbia, Don has been a member of teams studying wolverines and mapping mountain goat habitats, and has coordinated environmental risk assessment for land-use planning.   In Arctic Canada, he has studied the demography of nesting seabirds, and the linked population dynamics and ecologies of lemmings and their predators (foxes, rough-legged hawks and snowy owls).  In the eastern Himalaya of Sichuan Province, China, Don has studied habitat selection by giant pandas, and the ecology of red pandas and Asiatic black bears, on a project that was partly supported by WCS.  

Don leads WCS Canada’s conservation work in the Northern Boreal Mountains landscape of Northern British Columbia and Yukon. Working with a team of government and private sector biologists, he has coordinated the conservation priority assessment for the Peel Watershed Planning Commission.  From 2006-2010 he coordinated an International Polar Year project assessing the effects of a changing climate on Arctic tundra food web in north Yukon. The work focused on lemming winter ecology, the competitive interactions of Arctic and red foxes, the timing of nesting in birds, and population biology of raptors. In southern Yukon, he is now focusing on land use planning, and wetland conservation issues involving river otters and beavers.  He is a past member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bear and Procyonid Specialist Groups.


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Camps on the Land Considerations and Opportunities in the Yukon and northern British Columbia
Camps on the Land: Considerations and Opportunities in the Yukon and northern British Columbia. Donald Reid. September 2006. For First Nation communities in Canada 'camps on the land' are a strong force for community development, bringing youth and elders together in a non-urban environment where traditional knowledge and skills can be passed on among generations through direct experience. This report summarizes the key considerations in developing 'camps on the land', based on the experiences of First Nations in the Yukon and northern British Columbia.
Strategic Conservation Assessment for the northern boreal mountains of Yukon and British Columbia
This document, a Strategic Conservation Assessment, provides much of the information needed to direct WCS Canada’s work in the Northern Boreal Mountains site in the next 5 to 10 years. It outlines the scope and components of the regional conservation challenge, and provides an overview of our opportunities for future and long-term engagement through field-based science, administrative process, policy and regulatory review, and political engagement.
Arctic fox versus red fox in the warming Arctic four decades of den surveys in north Yukon
Arctic fox versus red fox in the warming Arctic: four decades of den surveys in north Yukon, Daniel Gallant, Brian G. Slough, Donald G. Reid & Dominique Berteaux, Polar Biology, VOl 27-No. 9, August 2004

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