Cynthia has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, B.Sc.N., from the University of Alberta. Shortly after beginning work as a nurse she began following her interests in conservation biology through work with the Canadian Wildlife Service and Oxford University. Spanning from 1995 – 1999, Cynthia monitored the endangered swift fox while living with local ranchers in south-western Saskatchewan. Field techniques included radio collaring, behavioural observations, and nightly telemetry to determine home ranges, survival, reproductive output, and to facilitate the timely recovery of foxes for investigative necropsies. Cynthia has been instrumental in release site selection for swift foxes that originated from captive-breeding facilities or were directly translocated from wild populations in the United States. Following initial coordination of a range-wide Canadian swift fox population survey in 1996/1997, Cynthia began working with Wildlife Preservation Canada as the International Swift Fox Project Manager for multi-jurisdictional surveys in 2000/2001, 2005/2006, and the current 2013-2015 period. The latter time frame has incorporated Canadian / Montana camera trap surveys. Cynthia has trained field staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Montana, coordinated team movements and logistics, and consistently overseen standardized data corroboration. Cynthia’s field work, coordination, and publications in collaboration with other partners and agencies have been instrumental in terms of providing a credible basis for the 2012 national downlisting of swift foxes from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Threatened’ in Canada.

Select Literature:

Moehrenschlager, C.A.J., and A. Moehrenschlager.1999.Canadian swift fox (Vulpes velox) population assessment: Winter 1999. Report to Alberta Environmental Protection. Edmonton, AB 37pp.

Moehrenschlager, A. and C. Moehrenschlager. (2001). Census of Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) in Canada and Northern Montana: 2000-2001. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Species at Risk Report No. 24. Edmonton, Alberta. 21 pp.

Moehrenschlager, A., Macdonald, D.W., & Moehrenschlager, C. (2003). Reducing capture-related injuries and radio-collaring effects on swift foxes, In: Swift fox conservation in a changing world (eds. M. Sovada & L. Carbyn). Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, Regina, Canada.

Moehrenschlager A. and Moehrenschlager C. (2006). Population census of reintroduced swift foxes (Vulpes velox) in Canada and northern Montana 2005/2006. Centre for Conservation Research Report No. 1. Calgary Zoo. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.