Eagle Permits
Midwest Region

Eagle Permits to Transport, Exhibit, Collect, or Control Eagles or Eagle Parts

 

The Bald and Golden Eagle Act prohibits anyone from taking, possessing, or transporting any bald or golden eagle, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such birds without prior authorization. A number of different types of permits are available to provide that authorization.  This webpage provides information on seven of those permits and associated activities.  If your activity is not listed below, go to the Eagle Permits homepage for help with determining if you are eligible for a permit.

 

Note: No authorizations are available to sell, purchase, barter, trade, import, or export, or offer for sale, purchase, barter, or trade, at any time or in any manner, any bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) or golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), or the parts, nests, or eggs of these birds.   

 

If you are interested in a permit for one of the following purposes, click on the pertinent link for more information:

 

transporting eagles or eagle parts;

 

exhibiting eagles or eagle parts for educational purposes;

 

collecting eagle parts for scientific purposes;

 

obtaining eagle parts or feathers for Native American religious purposes;

 

keeping live bald or golden eagles for feathers for religious purposes;

 

controlling eagle depredation; or

 

golden eagle falconry.

 

Do you need to transport an eagle or eagle parts that will be used for scientific or education purposes?

A permit is required for the export, import, or transport of bald or golden eagle parts from, to, or within the United States for scientific or educational exhibition purposes.  For specific information about applying for this type of permit, the required permit conditions, and the permit evaluation criteria please refer to the regulation found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.21. To access an electronic online application form for "Export/Import/Transport of Bald and Golden Eagles for Scientific or Exhibition Purposes (CITES)," click here. However, we recommend you contact the Service before submitting a permit application.

 

Note: No authorizations are available to transport into or out of the United States any live bald or golden eagle, or any live egg of those birds.

 

For questions or further assistance, please contact:

Division of Management Authority (DMA)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 212
Arlington, VA 22203
1-800-358-2104 or 703-358-2104

 

Do you want to exhibit a bald or golden eagle, or eagle parts, for educational purposes?

A Federal Eagle Exhibition permit is required to possess bald or golden eagles (living or dead), parts, nests and eggs for educational purposes. For specific information about applying for this type of permit, the required permit conditions, and the permit evaluation criteria please refer to the regulation found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.21. To access an electronic online application form for a "Federal Eagle Exhibition Permit," click here. However, we recommend you contact the Service before submitting a permit application.

 

If want to exhibit an eagle or its parts in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, please contact Jason Mercado.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5421

Email: Jason_Mercado@fws.gov


If want to exhibit an eagle or its parts in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin, please contact Rachada Weiland.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5450

Email: Rachada_Weiland@fws.gov

 

Are you conducting a scientific study and want to collect eagle feathers or conduct other activities not covered by your banding permit?

An Eagle Scientific Collecting Permit is required if you are studying bald eagles or golden eagles and need to take feathers or conduct activities that are not covered by a banding permit. For specific information about applying for this type of permit, the required permit conditions, and the permit evaluation criteria please refer to the regulation found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.21. You may use the Migratory Bird Scientific Collecting Permit application form to apply for the permit. However, we recommend you contact the Service before submitting a permit application.

 

In Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, please contact Jason Mercado.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5421

Email: Jason_Mercado@fws.gov

 


In Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin, please contact Rachada Weiland.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5450

Email: Rachada_Weiland@fws.gov

 

 

Would you like to obtain eagle parts for Native American religious purposes?

A Native American Religious Purposes Permit is available for various religious activities.  The National Eagle Repository was established as a central clearinghouse to collect and distribute eagle parts. To request eagles, parts and feathers for Native American religious purposes from the National Eagle Repository for the first time you must complete two forms. For specific eligibility and issuance criteria, please refer to the regulation authorizing permits for Indian religious purposes found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.22. To access an electronic application form, click here.

 

In Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, please contact Jason Mercado.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5421

Email: Jason_Mercado@fws.gov

 


In Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin, please contact Rachada Weiland.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5450

Email: Rachada_Weiland@fws.gov

 

 

Would you like to keep live bald eagles or golden eagles for feathers for religious purposes?

A Native American Eagle Aviary (i.e. Eagle Aviary) permit will authorize tribal entities engaged in religious activities to
possess lawfully acquired Bald Eagles or Golden Eagles for Indian religious use. For specific eligibility and issuance criteria, please refer to the regulation authorizing permits for Indian religious purposes found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.22. To access an electronic application form, click here. However, we recommend you contact the Service before submitting a permit application.

 

In Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, please contact Jason Mercado.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5421

Email: Jason_Mercado@fws.gov

 


In Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin, please contact Rachada Weiland.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5450

Email: Rachada_Weiland@fws.gov

 

 

Are you concerned about eagles regarding protection of property or for safety reasons?

An Eagle Depredation Permit is required to take or disturb bald or golden eagles that have become injurious to wildlife, agriculture or other personal property, or human health or safety.  Fo specific eligibility and issuance criteria, please refer to the regulation in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.23. To access an electronic application form, click here. However, we recommend that you contact the Service before submitting a permit application.

 

In Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, please contact Jason Mercado.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5421

Email: Jason_Mercado@fws.gov

 


In Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin, please contact Rachada Weiland.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5450

Email: Rachada_Weiland@fws.gov

 

Do you want to transport or possess a golden eagle for falconry purposes?

An Eagle Falconry Permit is required to possess and transport eagles for falconry purposes.  Only golden eagles may be possessed for falconry.  The regulation authorizing permits for use of golden eagles in falconry can be found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.24. To access an electronic application form, click here. However, we recommend you contact the Service before submitting a permit application.

 

In Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, or Minnesota, please contact Jason Mercado.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5421

Email: Jason_Mercado@fws.gov

 


In Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, or Wisconsin, please contact Rachada Weiland.

Migratory Bird Permit Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458
Phone: 612-713-5450

Email: Rachada_Weiland@fws.gov

 

 

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Last updated: July 17, 2013