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Scientific Collecting

Scientific Collecting includes migratory bird research, museum collection, and import/export of migratory birds for research or museums. The same form is used for both migratory birds and eagles. Eagle parts may not be transported internationally. Scientific Collecting Permits are not required for activities permitted under a Federal Bird Banding Permit, but may be required in addition to a Federal Bird Banding Permit. To determine if you need a Scientific Collecting Permit, please visit the Scientific Collecting Frequently Asked Questions.

Application Processing Fee: $100.00
Amendment Fee: $50.00
Duration Valid: up to 3 years
Annual Report Requirements: Yearly (due January 31)
State Permit Requirement: yes
Governing Regulations: 50 CFR ยง21.23

Pacific Region Application Check List
Application Form
Collection Activity Table
International Transport of Eagles (for Scientific Purposes)
Scientific Collecting Annual Report

Disclaimer: Please print this page for your records. This website is a "plain English" guide to Migratory Birds and Migratory Bird Permitting. It is not meant to cover every Migratory Bird situation or all of the details of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and associated Policies. While every attempt is made to ensure the information is up-to-date and accurate, the USFWS is not responsible for misinformation. Furthermore, this website is not intended to replace the advice of USFWS employees. It is intended to give a basic framework and help in your everyday Migratory Bird questions. Changes in Migratory Bird rules occur regularly and often quickly. If you have a Migratory Bird question, you should contact an appropriate USFWS employee and provide him or her with all the relevant facts before taking action.

Last Updated: March 17, 2015
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