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State permit policies & procedures

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Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife:

There is no website pertaining to scientific collecting permits


Kim Records
Administrative Specialist II
Division of Fish & Wildlife
89 Kings Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901
Phone (302) 739-3441
Fax (302) 739-6157

Is a permit required for banding?

Yes. Though the application refers to scientific collecting in the sense that term is used by ornithologists, a permit is required for all activities that involve handling a bird (pers. comm).
On the application form, write n/a in response to questions about sacrificing animals. State that you are requesting permission to capture, mark, and release and provide details about species. Explain the project or attach a copy of your research proposal.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - download here
  • Renewal - no separate form
  • Threatened and Endangered - no separate form
  • Salvage – request via letter transmitting permit application

State lands

To be determined

Prior notice

To be determined; even if not required, it is always best practice to give prior notice to the landowner or land manager to assure your own safety and the safety of the public

Policies and Procedures

Game, Wildlife and Dogs

Subchapter IV. Taking Game, Birds, Eggs or Fish for Scientific or Propagating Purposes
▀ 555. Permit to collect birds, game animals and fish for scientific or propagating purposes.
(a) The Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue a permit, revocable at the discretion of the Director, to take, capture, have in possession or transport wild birds, their nests or eggs, game animals, or fish for scientific or propagating purposes within this State.
(b) Permits issued under this section may establish any conditions and/or restrictions deemed desirable; every such permit shall expire on the last day of the calendar year in which it is issued. No wild birds, game animals or fish held in captivity under said permit shall be confined under inhumane or unsanitary conditions.
(c) Each person receiving a permit under this section must file with the Division a report of that person's operations under the permit prior to its renewal date. Said report shall set forth the name and address of the permittee, the permit number, the number of birds, nests, eggs, game animals or fish taken thereunder along with a list of the species taken or otherwise acquired, disposition of the same, names and addresses of persons acquiring the same from the permittee, and number of each species on hand at the expiration of the permit. (26 Del. Laws, c. 162, ▀ 8; Code 1915, ▀ 2365; Code 1935, ▀ 2810; 7 Del. C. 1953, ▀ 571; 57 Del. Laws, c. 739, ▀ 48; 59 Del. Laws, c. 116, ▀ 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, ▀ 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 275, ▀ 33.)

Title 7, Delaware Administrative Code
Section 3900

8.3.3 Trapping. It shall be unlawful for any person to trap or attempt to trap on areas administered by the Division, except for: persons holding a valid contract with the Division to do so; authorized agents of the Division who are conducting authorized wildlife management practices; or scientific purposes as specifically authorized in writing by the Director.

15.0 Collection or Sale of Native Wildlife (Formerly WR-15)

16.0 Endangered Species. (Formerly WR-16)

(Penalty Section 7 Del.C. ▀103(d))

16.1 Importation, Transportation and Possession.

16.1.1 Pursuant to ▀601 of Title 7, the importation, transportation, possession or sale of any endangered species of fish or wildlife, or hides or other parts thereof, or the sale or possession with intent to sell any article made in whole or in part from the skin, hide or other parts of endangered species of fish or wildlife is prohibited, except under license or permit from the Division.

Creeper, Brown BR (Certhia americana)
Eagle, Bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Grebe, Pied-billed BR (Podilymbus podiceps)
Harrier, Northern BR (Circus cyaneus)
Hawk, Cooper’s BR (Accipiter cooperii)
Heron, Black-Crowned Night- (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Heron, Yellow-Crowned Night- (Nyctanassa violacea)
Parula, Northern BR (Parula americana)
Plover, Piping (Charadrius melodus)
Owl, Short-eared BR (Asio flammeus)
Oystercatcher, American (Haematopus palliatus)
Rail, Black (Laterallus jamaicensis)
Sandpiper, Upland (Bartramia longicauda)
Shrike, Loggerhead (Lanius ludovicianus)
Skimmer, Black (Rynchops niger)
Sparrow, Henslow's (Ammodramus henslowii)
Tern, CommonBR (Sterna hirundo)
Tern, Forster’s BR (Sterna forsteri)
Tern, Least (Sterna antillarum)
Warbler, Cerulean (Dendroica cerulea)
Warbler, Hooded BR (Wilsonia citrina)
Warbler, Swainson’s (Limnothlypis swainsonii)
Woodpecker, Red-headed (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
Wren, Sedge (Cistothorus platensis)
BR = Breeding population only