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State permit policies & procedures

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Nebraska Fish and Game Commission



Mike Fritz
Nebraska Game and Fish Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503
Phone: (402) 471-5419

Is a permit required for banding?

Yes. Per M. Fritz (pers. comm. 28 July 2009), you must have both a federal and state permit to band birds in Nebraska.

Note that the application form expressly includes banding.

Permit application forms

  • Application Form - Available here, there is also an online application system at the angency website (it is undergoing revision, so if it doesn’t work, use the pdf).

  • Renewal - same form

  • Threatened and Endangered - same form

  • Salvage - same form. Indicate that you plan to salvage

State lands

Indicate on application form.

Prior notice

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.


Relevant sections of the Missouri Code of State Regulations

3 CSR 10-9.425 Wildlife Collector’s Permit
PURPOSE: This rule establishes a permit under which wildlife may be taken for scientific purposes.

(1) A permit to collect, possess, mount, or preserve wildlife for scientific related purposes:
(A) Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Scientific Purposes. Wildlife collector’s permits may be granted to an authorized representative of a university, college, school, incorporated city, state or federal agency, publicly owned zoo, or wildlife or research organization or other qualified individual; provided, that the collection shall be used exclusively for scientific, educational or museum purposes. Fee: five dollars ($5).
(B) Wildlife Collector’s Permit for Special Collections of Wildlife. Wildlife collector’s permits may be issued to professionally qualified individuals who charge a fee for biological studies for specific projects where the potential results are of sufficient public value and interest to justify special collection of wildlife. Fee: fifty dollars ($50).

(2) General Requirements for Permit Holders. Species and numbers of each to be collected and collecting methods are limited to those specified on the permit. Advance notification shall be given to the conservation agent or Protection Division regional supervisor in the county or area as to where and when the collecting will be done. The permit holder’s name, address and wildlife collector’s permit number shall be on all trapping and netting devices. The traps, nets or other devices used under this permit shall be attended at least daily, or be constantly attended if so stated on the permit. The collected specimens shall be donated to a museum or educational institution or disposed of in accordance with instructions of the director. Wildlife held under a wildlife collector’s permit may be propagated but shall not be sold or exhibited commercially. When holding live specimens, permit holders are required to adhere to wildlife confinement standards set forth in 3 CSR 10-9.220. The names and addresses of persons collecting under the direct supervision of the holder of the permit shall accompany the application for the permit. Field collection must be conducted under the in-person supervision of the permit holder. This permit does not relieve the holder of full compliance with other provisions of the Code or other state and federal requirements.

(3) The wildlife collector’s permit is not valid until signed by the permit holder. The permit is valid for one (1) year from January 1. The permit holder shall submit a wildlife collector’s permit report to the department within thirty (30) days of the permit’s expiration date. Issuance of permits for the following year shall be conditioned on compliance with this Code, specified conditions of the permit and receipt of a satisfactory wildlife collector’s permit report. Department volunteers, working on authorized wildlife collection projects, are exempt from the requirements of this section. 

3 CSR 10-9.430 Bird Banding
PURPOSE: This rule authorizes bird banding by persons holding a federal permit. Birds may be livetrapped for banding and released by persons holding a valid federal permit. 

3 CSR 10-4.111 Endangered Species
PURPOSE: This rule extends special protection to endangered wildlife and lists those species considered to be threatened with extinction.
(1) The importation, transportation, sale, purchase, taking or possession of any endangered species of wildlife, or hides or other parts thereof, or the sale or possession with intent to sell of any article made in whole or in part from the skin, hide or other parts of any endangered species of wildlife is prohibited; provided, that this rule shall not apply to legally acquired wildlife held under permit or held by a public zoo or museum or to articles manufactured before January 1, 1973. Endangered wildlife taken legally outside Missouri may be imported, transported or possessed, but may not be sold or purchased without written approval of the director.
(2) The exportation, transportation or sale of any endangered species of plant or parts thereof, or the sale of or possession with intent to sell any product made in whole or in part from any parts of any endangered species of plant is prohibited.
(3) For the purpose of this rule, endangered species of wildlife and plants shall include the following native species designated as endangered in Missouri: 

(B) Birds: northern harrier, interior least tern, Swainson’s warbler, snowy egret, king rail, Bachman’s sparrow, peregrine falcon, American bittern, greater prairie-chicken.