Ed Crozier grew up on the prairies of Southwestern Minnesota and obtained a degree in wildlife management from South Dakota State University. He secured a position with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) where he was employed for nearly 40 years as manager of national wildlife refuges throughout the Midwest. At the time of his retirement, he was supervisor of national wildlife refuges in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Working with local citizens, Ed was instrumental in establishing the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, one of the nation’s first urban wildlife refuges. For his government service, he was awarded the two highest honors given to employees of the US Department of Interior and has an auditorium named in his honor at the Bloomington Visitor Center.
After retirement, Ed continued his conservation work by serving as Vice Chairman of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, an organization he helped establish. He was also the founder and President of the Friends of Minnesota Valley and served as the first president of the Minnesota Valley Trust, Inc. In 2006 he published a memoir – Dream Hunter – that recounts his career and his outdoor pursuits. Interests include hunting, fishing, bird dogs, kayaking, snowshoeing, spending time at his lake cabin and enjoying daughters and grandchildren.