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State permit policies & procedures

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    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries



    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
    Louisiana Natural Heritage Program
    ATTN: Michael Seymour
    Scientific Collecting Permits Coordinator
    P.O. Box 98000
    Baton Rouge, LA  70898-9000
    Office: (225) 763-3554/Fax: (225) 765-2818

Is a permit needed for banding?

    Yes (pers. comm. 25 June 2009).

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - Available here
    or from their website
  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - same form, see restrictions

  • Salvage - same application form

State lands

    Wildlife Division WMA Research Permit:
    Contact Mike Olinda
    Phone (225) 765-2353
    E-mail: Mike Olinde at
    Special use application can be found here.

Prior notice

Check permit conditions. As a matter of good practice, you should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit before your arrival. You want to be aware of the hunting seasons, and, of course want to be sure that your activities will not interfere with the activities of that park, wildlife management area, or other state land unit, and that your activities will not interfere with public use of the land.


Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 56

§105.  Special permits and licenses; scientific or purpose; bow licenses; beaver permit

A.  The department may, in its discretion and upon such terms and conditions as it may prescribe, issue to accredited representatives of any public park, museum, educational or scientific institution, or of the federal government or any state government, recognized scientist, or to any other responsible person a permit to take, possess, and transport at any time within and from this state wild birds or the plumage, skins, nests, eggs, or young thereof and wild quadrupeds, the skins or young thereof; if the department is satisfied that they are to be taken or possessed for scientific, educational, experimental, or breeding purposes only and are not to be sold or otherwise disposed of by the permittee for profit, and if the permittee obligates himself to deliver to the department within sixty days after taking, and in any event before the removal thereof from the state, a detailed descriptive inventory of the wild birds, wild quadrupeds, and other things taken under the permit.

(The Louisiana wildlife regulations do not address permits for scientific research for birds; the statute is the only source of authority for the permit requirement).

Threatened and endangered bird species (state-listed)
Brown Pelican                        Pelecanus occidentalis    E
Bald Eagle                              Haliaeetus leucocephalus    E
Peregrine Falcon                     Falco peregrinus    T/E
Whooping Crane                    Grus Americana    E
Eskimo Curlew                       Numenius borealis    E
Piping Plover                          Charadrius melodus    T/E
Interior Least Tern                  Sterna antillarum athalassos    E
Ivory-billed Woodpecker        Campephilus principalis    E
Red-cockaded Woodpecker    Picoides borealis    E
Bachman's Warbler                 Vermivora bachmanii    E