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Brian Millsap
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Brian Millsap

   Biography

I am the National Raptor Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). I previously served as Chief of the Division of Migratory Bird Management for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington D.C., and as Assistant Director for Ecological Services and Deputy Regional Director for the Service's Southwest Region. Before joining the Service, I was the Chief of the Bureau of Wildlife Diversity Conservation for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWC), where I had management oversight for the state’s nongame and imperiled species programs, and the wildlife research program.
I have conducted field and museum research on a number of raptor species for over 35 years. I am active in a number of scientific and recreational organizations, and I've served as President of the Nongame Wildlife Association of North America; President of the Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society; Vice President and President of the North American Falconers Association; and Director, Vice President, and President of the Raptor Research Foundation.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2105 Osuna NE  
Albuquerque,  NM  87113  United States
Phone: 505-559-3963
Email: brian_a_millsap@fws.gov


   Research Interests

Population ecology
Raptor demography
Raptor taxonomy
Raptor conservation

Species of Interest: 
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Gray Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Burrowing Owl


   Publications

Millsap, B.A., S. S. Seipke, and W.S. Clark. 2011. The Gray Hawk (Buteo nitidus) is two species. Condor 113:326-339.

Ellis, D.H., T. Craig, E. Craig, S. Postupalsky, C.T. LaRue, R.W. Nelson, D.W. Anderson, C.J. Henny, J. Watson, B.A. Millsap, J.W. Dawson, K.L. Cole, E.M. Martin, A. Margalida, and P. Kung. 2009. Unusual raptor nests around the world. Journal of Raptor Research 43:175-198.

Mojica, E.K., J.M. Meyers, B.A. Millsap, and K.L. Haley. 2008. Migration of Florida sub-adult Bald Eagles. Wilson Journal 120:304-310.

Millsap, B.A., M.E. Cooper, and G. Holroyd. 2007. Legal considerations. Pp. 437-449 in D.M. Bird and K.L. Bildstein (eds.), Raptor research and management techniques. Hancock House, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Millsap, B.A., and G.T. Allen. 2006. Effects of falconry harvest on wild raptor populations in the United States: theoretical considerations and management recommendations. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34(5):1392-1400.

Millsap, B.A., T. Breen, E. McConnell, T. Steffer, L. Phillips, N. Douglass, and S. Taylor. 2004. Comparative fecundity and survival of Bald Eagles fledged from suburban and rural natal areas in Florida. Journal of Wildlife Management 68:1018– 031.

Ellis, D.H., B.A. Sabo, J.K. Fackler, and B.A. Millsap. 2002. Prey of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrines cassini) in southern Argentina and Chile. Journal of Raptor Research 36:315-319.

Millsap, B.A. 2002. Survival of Burrowing Owls along an urban-development gradient. Journal of Raptor Research 36:3–11.

Millsap, B.A., and C. Bear. 2000. Density and reproduction of Burrowing Owls along an urban development gradient. Journal of Wildlife Management 63:33-41.

Millsap. B.A., P.L. Kennedy, M.A. Byrd, G. Court, J.H. Enderson, and R.N. Rosenfield. 1999. Review of the proposal to de-list the American Peregrine Falcon. Wildlife Society Bulletin 26:522-538.

Millsap, B.A. 1998. Long-eared Owl. Pp. 175–177 in R. Glinski (ed.), Raptors of Arizona. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona.

Millsap, B.A. 1998. Barn Owl. Pp. 136–139 in R. Glinski (ed.), Raptors of Arizona. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona.

Millsap, B.A., M.I. Bellocq, and M. Mullenix. 1997. Overview of literature on the Burrowing Owl. Raptor Research Report 9:6-10.

Millsap, B.A., and C. Bear. 1997. Territory fidelity, mate fidelity, and dispersal in an urban-nesting population of Florida Burrowing Owls. Raptor Research Report 9:91-98.

Toland, B.R., and B.A. Millsap. 1996. Cooper’s Hawk. Pp. 475-484 in J.A. Rodgers, Jr., H.W. Kale II, and H.T. Smith (eds.), Rare and endangered biota of Florida. Vol. V. Birds. University Presses of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Millsap, B.A., M.R. Robson, and B.R. Toland. 1996. Short-tailed Hawk. Pp. 315-322 in J.A. Rodgers, Jr., H.W. Kale II, and H.T. Smith (eds.). Rare and endangered biota of Florida. Vol. V. Birds. University Presses of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Millsap, B.A. 1996. Florida Burrowing Owl. Pp. 579-587 in J.A. Rodgers, Jr., H.W. Kale II, and H.T. Smith (eds.), Rare and endangered biota of Florida. Vol. V. Birds. University Presses of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Millsap, B.A. 1995. Wildlife conservation priorities for Florida: the state’s perspective. Transactions of the 60th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference: 466-472.

Haug, E.A., B.A. Millsap, and M.S. Martell. 1993. Burrowing Owl (Speotyto cunicularia). In A. Poole and F. Gill (eds), The birds of North America No. 61. Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, and American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.

Wood, D.A., B.A. Millsap, and P.M. Rose. 1992. Florida's Nongame and Endangered Species programs. Endangered Species Update 9(9&10):8-12.

Smith, D.G., D.H. Ellis, and B.A. Millsap. 1990. Status of owls in the southeastern U.S. Pp. 89-117 in B.G. Pendleton, M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., and B.A. Millsap (eds.), Proceedings of the Southeast Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop, National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 14, Washington D.C.

Pendleton, B.G., M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., and B.A. Millsap (eds.). 1990. Proceedings of the Southeast Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop. National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 14, Washington, D.C.

Mitchell, L, and B.A. Millsap. 1990. Status of Buteos and the Golden Eagle. Pp. 50-62 in B.G. Pendleton, M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., and B.A. Millsap (eds), Proceedings of the Southeast Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop, National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 14, Washington D.C.

Millsap, B.A., J.A. Gore, D.E. Runde, and S.I. Cerulean. 1990. Setting priorities for the conservation of fish and wildlife species in Florida. Wildlife Monograph No. 111. 57pp.

Millsap, B.A., and C. Bear. 1990. Double-brooding by Florida Burrowing Owls. Wilson Bulletin 102:313-317.

Palmer, R.S., B.A. Millsap, and H. Snyder. 1988. Zone-tailed Hawk, Buteo albonotatus Kaup. Pp. 85-95 in R.S. Palmer (ed.), Handbook of North American birds. Vol. 5. Diurnal raptors (part 2). Yale University Press, New Haven, CT.

Millsap, B.A., and R.R. Johnson. 1988. Ferruginous Pygmy-owl. Pp. 137-139 in R.L. Glinski, B.G. Pendleton, M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., B.A. Millsap, and S.W. Hoffman (eds), Proceedings of the Southwest Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop. National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series Number 11, Washington, D.C.

Millsap, B.A., and R.R. Johnson. 1988. Ferruginous Pygmy-owl status report. Eyas 11:24-25.

Millsap, B.A. 1988. Elf Owl. Pp. 140-144 in R.L. Glinski, B.G. Pendleton, M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., B.A. Millsap, and S.W. Hoffman (eds.), Proceedings of the Southwest Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop. National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 11, Washington, D.C.

Kochert, M.N., B.A. Millsap, and K Steenhof. 1988. Effects of livestock grazing on raptors, with emphasis on the southwestern U.S. Pp. 325-334 in R.L. Glinski, B.G. Pendleton, M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., B.A. Millsap, and S.W. Hoffman (eds.), Proceedings of the Southwest Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop. National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 11, Washington, D.C.

Glinski, R.L., B.G. Pendleton, M.B. Moss, M.N. LeFranc Jr., B.A. Millsap, and S.W. Hoffman (eds.). 1988. Proceedings of the Southwest Raptor Management Symposium and Workshop. National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 11, Washington, D.C.

Glinski, R.L., and B.A. Millsap. 1988. Status of the Sonora Gray Hawk Buteo nitidus maximus (van Rossem 1930). Prepared for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Endangered Species, by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Contract No. 14-16-0002-82-216.

Millsap, B.A., and M.N. LeFranc, Jr. 1988. Road transect counts for raptors: how reliable are they? Journal of Raptor Research 22:8-16.

Pendleton, B.G., B.A. Millsap, K.W. Cline, and D.M. Bird (eds.). 1987. Raptor management techniques manual. National Wildlife Federation, Scientific and Technical Series No. 10, Washington, D.C.

Millsap, B.A., K.W. Cline, and B.G. Pendleton. 1987. Habitat management. Pp. 215-232 in B.G. Pendleton, B.A. Millsap, K.W. Cline, and D.M. Bird (eds.), Raptor management techniques manual. Scientific and Technical Series No. 10, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C.

Millsap, B.A. 1987. Introduction to federal laws and raptor management. Pp. 23-32 in B.G. Pendleton, B.A. Millsap, K.W. Cline, and D.M. Bird (eds.), Raptor management techniques manual. Scientific and Technical Series No. 10, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C.

Millsap, B.A., and P.A. Millsap. 1987. Burrow nesting by Common Barn-owls in north central Colorado. Condor 89:668-670.

Millsap, B.A. 1987. Summer concentration of American Swallow-tailed Kites at Lake Okeechobee, Florida, with comments on post-breeding movements. Florida Field Naturalist 15:85-92.

Millsap, B.A. 1986. Status of wintering Bald Eagles in the coterminous United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin 14:433-440.

Millsap, B.A., and S.L. Vana. 1984. Distribution of wintering Golden Eagles in the eastern United States. Wilson Bulletin 96:692-701.

LeFranc, M.N. Jr., and B.A. Millsap. 1984. A summary of state and federal agency raptor management programs. Wildlife Society Bulletin 12: 274-282.

Millsap, B.A., and J.R. Zook. 1983. Effects of weather on Accipiter migration in southern Nevada. Raptor Research 17:43-56.

Millsap, B.A. 1981. Distributional status of Falconiformes in west-central Arizona, with notes on ecology, reproductive success, and management. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Technical Note 355, Denver, Colorado, USA. 102 pp.

Kahn, R., and B.A. Millsap. 1979. An inexpensive method for capturing Short-eared Owls (Asio flammeus). North American Bird Bander 3:54.

Millsap, B.A. 1977. Breeding Barn-owl populations in north central Colorado. Ptarmigan 14:2-4.



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