State permit policies & procedures
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources
MD DNR - Wildlife and Heritage Service
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone (410) 260-8546
Is a permit required for banding?In most cases, no.
The Ornithological Council has confirmed with Maryland DNR that: The
only permit required to band migratory birds in Maryland is the federal
bird banding permit. No additional state permit is required. By state
regulation, any person holding a valid federal bird banding permit may
also salvage birds killed or found dead as a result of their normal
banding operations, and casualties from other causes, without a state
permit provided those dead birds are donated to a public scientific or
Any other form of marking (such as collars, patagial tags,
transmitters, or nasal discs) would require a scientific collecting
Of course, you should be sure your federal banding permit includes authority to salvage.
If your research activity does not involve scientific collecting,
simply attach a project proposal and write "not applicable" with regard
to all questions pertaining to scientific collecting. It is usually
best to write a short, clear description of your project rather than
attaching the long, detailed project proposal that you might have
prepared as a grant application. State clearly what kinds of activities
you will undertake, which species you intend to study, and the purpose
for your study.
Permit application forms
- Application Form - Available here
or from website http://www.dnr.state.md.us/download/collectionpermit.pdf
- Renewal - same form
- Threatened and Endangered - Available here
or from website http://www.dnr.state.md.us/download/permites.pdf
- Salvage - As above. If
you have a valid federal banding permit (that includes authority to
salvage) you do not need a separate permit to salvage birds, provided
that the birds are donated to a public scientific or educational
insititution. However, if you are doing any other kind of research
i.e., not banding birds then you would need a state permit to salvage.
Use the scientific collecting permit.
To be determined.
Check permit conditions. Even if not expressly required to do so, you
should always contact the manager of that particular state land unit or
with the owner of private land 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 adversely affect public use of the land or with the
activities of private landowners.
Policies Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 8 (Department of Natural
Resources), Subtitle 3 (Wildlife), Section 09 (Wildlife Possesion),
Subsection .06 Permit to Possess Protected Species of Wildlife Birds.
A. Exceptions. This regulation does not apply to a bird on the
threatened or endangered species lists. Further, any person who holds a
valid federal bird banding or marking permit with authority to band or
mark birds in Maryland, may salvage, for the purpose of donating to a
public scientific or educational institution, birds killed or found
dead as a result of the permittee's normal banding operations, and
casualties from other causes, without holding additional State permits
B. Permit. Any properly accredited person wishing to possess a
protected bird or parts of a protected bird for educational or
scientific purposes, or for the purpose of propagation, may apply to
the Department for a permit.
C. Application. Application for a permit shall be made on the form the
Department prescribes and shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the
Department the reasons for which the applicant wishes to possess the
D. Non-transferability. The permit is non-transferable and expires December 31 of each year.
E. Annual Report. By December 31 of each year, every permittee shall
make an annual report on forms the Department prescribes. The report
shall include the disposition by species, the number, the age, the sex,
the sources of any protected birds, as well as any other information
the Department may require.
F. Revocation and Suspension. The Department may suspend or revoke a
permit if the permittee fails to comply with the terms of the permit or
submit the annual report.