State permit policies & procedures
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No information pertaining to permits other than the application form
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Operations Staff Specialist
402 West Washington Street, Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2781
Phone (317) 233-6527
Fax (317) 232-8150
Phone (317) 233-6527
Is a permit required for banding?Yes.
As of 1 July 2009, a new statute went into effect. Previously, under
Indiana Code 14-22-6-3, a federal permit was sufficient. Under the new
statute, that provision has been eliminated. The new statute specifies
that a state permit is required.
Permit application forms
Permission required. There is no specific application form. Submit a
written proposal. Contact: Mike Mycroft, Phone (317) 232-4128; e-mail
Prior noticeTo be determined; check permit conditions. Not
expressly required, but ornithologists should always notify the land
manger or landowner of the dates, times, and places where activities
will take place to assure the safety of the researcher and to avoid
conflict with activities scheduled for other researchers or the general
312 IAC 9-2-1 Taking, chasing, and possessing wild animals
Sec. 1. A person must not:
(2) chase; or
a wild animal except as provided by statute or by this article.
312 IAC 9-1-12 "Possession" defined
Sec. 12. "Possession" means to have direct physical control or to
knowingly have the power and the intention to exercise dominion or
312 IAC 9-2-5 Netting and trapping wild birds prohibited
Sec. 5. (a) It is unlawful to possess in the field a net or trap for
the purpose of netting or trapping a wild bird protected by law.
(b) It is unlawful to place or cause to be placed a trap (set or unset)
capable of taking a migratory bird on a pole or post, except where both
of the following are obtained:
(1) A permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under 50 CFR, Subpart D, 21.42 (October 1, 1995, edition).
(2) A permit issued by the department under 312 IAC 9-10-6.
312 IAC 9-10-6 Scientific purposes licenses
Authority: IC 14-22-2-6; IC 14-22-22
Affected: IC 4-21.5; IC 14-22-22-2; IC 20-19-2-8; IC 20-19-2-10; IC 20-20-2-2
Sec. 6. (a) An application for a scientific purposes license shall be
made on a departmental form and include the following information:
(1) The purpose for collection.
(2) The species and number of the species to be collected.
(3) The location and any method of collection.
(4) The intended administration of any:
(D) microorganism; or
(E) other chemical;
to the wild animal to be collected.
(5) The intended treatment of the wild animal collected, including the
use bacterial or other markers and any proposed genetic modification.
(6) The disposition of any wild animal or nest or egg of a wild bird to be collected.
(b) A license issued under this section is subject to the
specifications set forth in the application and to terms, conditions,
and restrictions on the license. The director may condition the license
according to any of the following terms:
(1) The kind and number of specimens that may be taken.
(2) The type of methods used.
(3) The time and seasons for take.
(4) The areas where take may occur.
(5) The use and disposition of the wild animal or nest or egg of a wild bird held, treated, or taken under this rule.
(6) Contingent upon the applicant receiving and possessing a valid
license from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service under 50 CFR
17.22, 50 CFR 17.32, 50 CFR 21.22, 50 CFR 21.23, and 50 CFR 21.27 for
any of the following:
(A) A migratory bird.
(B) The nest or egg of a migratory bird.
(C) A federally endangered or threatened species of wild animal.
(c) The license holder must carry the license and any amendments to the
license when conducting any activity authorized by the license.
(d) The director may amend the conditions of a license at any time upon
written notification to the license holder. A notice under this
subsection is subject to IC 4-21.5.
(e) The director may issue a license only to a properly accredited
person who will collect the wild animal or nest or egg of a wild bird
for a scientific purpose, including scientific education. The applicant
must meet at least one (1) of the following
(1) Hold a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences or related
field that the director deems appropriate for the purpose outlined in
2) Be currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences
or related field that the director deems appropriate for the purpose
outlined in the application.
(3) Hold a federal permit for the purpose indicated in the application.
(4) Be requested by an accredited educational or scientific institution
to perform this activity for the institution. The institution must
present a valid and compelling need for the applicant to perform the
activity covered by this license for the institution.
(5) Be sponsored by the department to perform the activity for the
protection and regulation of wild animal populations. The original
application form submitted for the taxonomic group indicated on the
application must be signed by two (2) scientists that have a degree in
the biological sciences attesting to the character, academic and
scientific accomplishments, and fitness of the
applicant. An applicant currently pursuing a bachelor's degree must
obtain the signature of a faculty biologist for that taxonomic group.
(f) An applicant must be affiliated with one (1) of the following institutions:
(A) public school accredited under IC 20-19-2-8;
(B) nonpublic school recognized under IC 20-19-2-10 and accredited under IC 20-19-2-8; or
(C) college or university.
(2) A federal, state, city, county, or similar government agency
associated with a biological or scientific area of study or research.
(3) A nonprofit educational organization with an exemption from federal
income tax under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3). The educational organization must
be associated with a biological or scientific area of study or
research. The applicant must provide written documentation to the
department certifying that tax exemption status has been achieved under
26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3).
(4) A scientific research organization, accredited museum, or
institution of higher learning, consulting firms, individuals working
in cooperation with a college, university, or government agency, or
private company under a contract for scientific or educational purposes.
(g) The applicant must ensure compliance with monitoring, tagging, and
reporting requirements for all extra-label drug use as required in 21
CFR 530, et seq. (1998). Documentation in the form of written approval
from a licensed veterinarian or approval from a university animal care
and use committee to use the drug or chemical for the purposes intended
must be submitted with the application form.
(h) The sale or transport for sale and offer to sell or transport to
sell an animal or a part of an animal held under the authority of this
license is prohibited. As used in this subsection, "sale" includes
barter, purchase, or trade or the offer to sell, barter, purchase, or
(i) A license issued under this section is not transferable. A person
may assist the license holder if the license holder is present and
oversees the activities of the person.
(j) The license holder must obtain permission from the landowner or
public land property manager to conduct an activity authorized by a
license issued under this section. For an activity to be conducted on
lands owned or operated by a federal, state, or local agency, the
license holder must also comply with the conditions imposed by the
property manager or the designee of the property manager.
(k) A license expires on December 31 of the year the license is issued.
A report of the collection must be supplied within sixty (60) days
after the expiration of the license and contain the following
(1) Any species collected.
(2) The date on which a wild animal or nest or egg of a wild bird was collected.
(3) A description of the location of the collection site.
(4) The number of each species collected.
(5) The treatments and markings, if any, of any wild animal collected.
(6) The disposition of any wild animal or nest or egg of a wild bird collected.
The department shall not renew a license unless a properly completed report is received in a timely fashion.
(l) A license may be suspended, denied, or revoked under IC 4-21.5 if the license holder:
(1) fails to comply with:
(A) a provision of a license issued under this section; or
(B) IC 14-22-22-2;
(2) provides false information on the license application and report;
(3) fails to establish that the collection or release of a
wild animal would not threaten the welfare of the
wild animal populationor the people; or
(4) collects or releases a specimen that is likely to threaten the welfare of the:
(A) wild animal population; or
312 IAC 9-4-14 Endangered species of birds
1) American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus).
(2) Least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis).
(3) Black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax).
(4) Yellow-crowned night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea).
(5) Trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator).
(6) Osprey (Pandion haliaetus).
(7) Northern harrier (Circus cyaneus).
(8) Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus).
(9) Black rail (Laterallus jamaicensis).
(10) King rail (Rallus elegans).
(11) Virginia rail (Rallus limicola).
(12) Common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus).
(13) Whooping crane (Grus americana).
(14) Piping plover (Charadrius melodus).
(15) Upland sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda).
(16) Least tern (Sterna antillarum).
(17) Black tern (Chlidonias niger).
(18) Barn owl (Tyto alba).
(19) Short-eared owl (Asio flammeus)
(20) Sedge wren (Cisothorus platensis).
(21) Marsh wren (Cisothorus palustris).
(22) Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus).
(23) Cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea).
(24) Golden-winged warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera).
(25) Kirtland's warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii).
(26) Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii).
(27) Yellow-headed blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus).