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New chief for USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management

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Mr. Brad Bortner has been selected as the new Chief for the Division of Migratory Bird Management. Brad currently serves as Chief of the Division of Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs in Region 1. During his tenure, Brad has been involved with numerous partnership efforts to further migratory bird conservation. Most recently Brad served as Management Board Chair of the Intermountain West Joint Venture from 2009-2011 and lead the 2010 State of the Birds team. In 2007, Brad was acting Center Director for the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for a month and eight months as acting Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs in Region 1. From 1987-1992 Brad worked for the Office of Migratory Bird Management at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center as Chief of Population Assessment and several staff positions. Prior to joining the Fish and Wildlife Service, Brad spent 1.5 years working for the Office of Hydropower Licensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.


Brad considers Annapolis, Maryland to be his hometown. Brad attended the University of Vermont where he received B.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology and Forestry. Brad’s Master of Science degree was from the University of Maryland-College Park. He is also a graduate of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Advanced Leadership Development Program.


Brad is married to Sandra Staples-Bortner. Sandra is the Executive Director of the Great Peninsula Conservancy in Bremerton, Washington. Sandra and Brad have two sons, Ben and Jeff. Ben is an investment research analyst in Bellingham Washington. Jeff is a wildland firefighter for Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex and a senior paramedic student at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Brad has more hobbies than weekends, but he is an avid waterfowl hunter, fisherman, mountaineer, backpacker, skier, and white-water rafter.


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