Mike Cox represents Story County on the Prairie Rivers of Iowa, and is the current Vice President. Mike grew up on a farm in southern Iowa. Almost every minute he was not working, he was outside exploring with his beagle, hunting, or fishing. Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University in 1992. He was involved with wildlife rehabilitation and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Mike also pursued an avid interest in falconry, and worked summers for the Department of Natural Resources at Lake Ahquabi and Green Valley State Parks.
Mike then moved to Vermont to be Director of the Vermont Raptor Center, a raptor rehabilitation, research, and environmental education organization. He was a co-founder of Wild in Vermont (the statewide wildlife rehabilitation association), Vice- President of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, and a volunteer Deputy Game Warden for the Vermont Department of Fish and Game. Alaska beckoned in 2001, and Mike moved his family and sled dog kennel to Alaska to race sled dogs and become manager of a county park. Mike was then promoted to Director of Parks and Recreation for the Fairbanks North Star Borough, a position he held for four years prior to returning to Iowa in 2011. Mike returned to become the Conservation Director for the Story County Conservation Board.
Mike enjoys horseback riding and backcountry packing, hunting and fishing.