Cynthia (Cyndi) Perry was selected recently as the new chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Bird Habitat Conservation. Perry currently serves as chief of the Branch of Policy and Partnerships in the FWS Division of International Conservation, a position she has held since 2005. In this position Cyndi oversees the international partnership activities, strategic planning and administration of financial assistance grants and the regional Wildlife without Borders program.
"We applaud the choice of Cyndi Perry as division chief," said Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. "Cyndi has dedicated her career to bird conservation and will be a great partner for DU in the coming years. We look forward to working closely with her and with the division to accomplish our shared conservation goals for waterfowl."
Perry is no stranger to the FWS migratory bird program, having spent six years as the branch chief for bird conservation in the Division of Migratory Bird Management prior to taking her current position, and having worked previously in the FWS' Washington office on nontoxic shot, migratory bird permits and bird mortality due to anthropogenic sources. Perry also worked on bird issues while stationed in a field office investigating natural resource damage assessments of wetland and shorebird habitat.
Over the more than 28 years of her career, Perry has been stationed in field offices in Michigan, Maine and New Hampshire, working on fish and contaminants, conducting research on the effects of acid rain in New England streams and on Department of Defense base closures and Superfund sites. Perry also spent two years in the FWS Minneapolis regional office as the ecosystem coordinator for the Upper Mississippi River, Lower Missouri River and Ozark Watershed ecosystems.
Cyndi received her bachelor of science in Fish and Wildlife from Michigan State University, a master's in Wetland Biology from Eastern Michigan University and a master's from the University of Maine in Zoology. She enjoys many outdoor activities, including bird watching, hiking, fishing, hunting and more, putting a high value on America's natural resources. She also enjoys wildlife watching in other countries as well, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Perry has raised eight Service Dogs in Training for people living with disabilities. She also spends time working with private organizations, members of Congress and staff at the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs to increase the awareness and availability of service dogs to wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Perry resides in Northern Virginia with her dogs, horses and human companion Rick.